Five Great Birthday Cake Ideas
Article: Five Great Birthday Cake Ideas
It’s almost that time of year again: time for little Zach or Madison's
birthday, and for all the attendant worries and hassles. Time for the usual
whining and gift-grubbing, for tedious visits from relatives, and for sugar-amped
kids running rampant through the house. Although birthdays will always be a
stressful time of year, baking and decorating the perfect children’s birthday
cake doesn't have to be. This article will help give you some great birthday
cake ideas that you can use year after year, child after child.
1. Character Cakes: If your little one is obsessed with a film,
television, or cartoon character, or even a licensed doll or toy, a character
cake is the no-fail way to go! Disney character cakes or Barbie cakes are always
popular with the girls, and what little boy wouldn't enjoy a Bob the Builder or
Harry Potter or G.I. Joe cake? Fortunately, finding the perfect kids birthday cake mold is easy
-- you can obtain a specialized cake mold for the most popular licensed
characters at your local upscale baking store or cake decorating supply shop. As
if it couldn't get any easier, many specialty children’s birthday cake molds
come complete with frosting instructions.
2. Sports Cakes: Your active girl or boy will jump for a sports themed
cake. Some easy sports birthday cake ideas are decorating round cakes to resemble
baseballs, soccer balls, or basketballs. Sporty girls and boys will also love a
cake that resembles their favorite sports field, which is easy to make with a
rectangular sheet cake. You can even add a net, goal, or hoop, as well as
plastic figurines resembling spectators and sports players!
3. Animal Cakes: The younger set will especially enjoy a cake
decorated to resemble their favorite animal. Kittens, puppies, pandas, and teddy
bears are classic favorites. An easy way to decorate an animal-themed children's
birthday cake is to use two round layers. Use the first round cake as the
animal's head, and cut the second round cake to make ears and other features.
4. Photo Cakes: Run out of birthday cake ideas? Making a cake with a
translucent, sugar "photo" is easy, and enjoyable by birthday boys and
girls of all ages. Just take a favorite photo to your local cake decorating
store, and they can prepare an edible version of it for a few dollars. Follow
the instructions provided, and you can add it to the top of a simple, iced cake.
Voila! Instant birthday gratification!
5. Decorate-your-own Cake: Moms who hate decorating kids birthday
cakes will love this suggestion -- provide the basic ingredients (cupcakes,
frosting, piping bags, spreading knives, small candies, etc.) and let the
birthday boy or girl and his/her guests decorate their own cupcakes! Just lay
down a plastic tablecloth and provide plastic aprons for each guest to minimize
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