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Baking a Kids Birthday Party Cake


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So, your child’s birthday is on the horizon and you want to make the perfect birthday cake?  Before you start cracking the eggs and tinting the frosting, here’s what you should consider:

  • Try a special shaped tin.  The easiest way to make a fun birthday cake is to purchase a specially shaped tin.  Try specialist cake decorating shops, or search online for the perfect heart, star or Dolly Varden tin.
  • Use cake toppers or cake art imagesCake toppers can look amazing and can match your party theme easily with minimal fuss.  These are made from plastic, and so are reusable.  Edible cake art images can also feature as a cake topper, but don’t need to be removed prior to cutting the cake.  Both of these alternatives work well with round or square cakes, and can be found both at cake shops and online.
  • For cupcakes, use a cupcake wrapper.  One of the easiest ways to make simple cupcakes look spectacular is by using cupcake wrappers.  Pink Frosting has a gorgeous range of cupcake wrappers to suit most kids party themes.
  • Look for inspiration.  There are hundreds of birthday cake books available, but nothing beats the Australian Women’s Weekly Kids’ Party Cakes book, which features dozens of failsafe recipes that have been favourites of kids around the country for decades. 
  • Prepare your decorations in advance.  “I like to draw a picture of the cake, so that I can see on paper exactly what decorative elements I’ll need,” says Tania Spagnolo from Pure Cake Art.  “This helps me to get organised and saves on last-minute stress.”
  • Do it the day before if you can.  Try to avoid a late night or panicked early morning session making and decorating the cake.  Instead, make it the day before (if you can).  “When you’ve got food to prepare, decorations to hang, drinks to serve and kids to entertain, you don’t want to be fussing over a cake that won’t do what it should!” Tania advises.
  • Practice makes perfect with fondant icing. While fondant icing is all the rage, Tania Spagnolo offers a word of warning.  “You do need to know how to work with fondant icing, otherwise you can have a disaster on your hands!  Fondant icing dries out very quickly and you need specialist tools.  It’s often not as easy as it looks in the cake books, so if you’re not confident with your skills, go for butter cream frosting instead.”  Cakes with fondant icing should never be refrigerated either.
  • Have fun.  Making and serving a birthday cake should be a joyous gesture for your child, so don’t let thoughts about not being talented or creative creep in.  Instead, accept that it might not be perfect, but that it will be offered with love.

Remember, not everyone has professional cake decorating skills, so don’t be too hard on yourself if the cake doesn’t match with the image in your mind’s eye!  While the cake may not seem perfect to you, you’ll find your child marvels at the fabulous colours, the decorations and the candles.  What’s more, your child will appreciate that they have a unique cake made especially for them.

You can purchase gorgeous cupcake decorations, cookie cutters, party bags and other baking accessories for your party at Australia's number one online wedding and party shop, Pink Frosting.



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