Sophisticated Kids Cake Decorating Party
For her 9th birthday, Abbi wanted a sophisticated kids cake decorating party. We checked out a local bakery, but unfortunately they couldn’t accommodate our numbers. Aargh. Lots of neon; decorating cakes; a piñata (essential); and a donut tree were all on the “brief”. Oh and also can you do a decorating demonstration please mum. Uh Abbi – have you seen my cake decorating?
Check. The star garlands are super easy to make.
Literally hundred of cakes ready
I made up a large vat of icing sugar and water icing (no idea what its called in official cake parlance), in a variety of lurid colours. Its usually the only icing my kids will eat. Sorry – No organic free from additives colours here. We used a selection of headache inducing colours.
Actually we wanted them to be more vivid, but even I drew the line at more Dr Oetkers
Decoration Station Ready
Check. Before the girls arrived I set up a table with icing, sprinkles and other doo-das that can be stuck in a cake. the little cocktail umbrellas and heart picks were very popular.
Work Stations Ready
Each girl got a plate (to transport their creations home), with their name written in icing pen, and a t-shirt that we made to protect their clothes. The plates were £1 each from ikea. The t-shirts we made ourselves. You can see how here.So. All set up ready to go.
Lets Get This Party Started
First the girls just chilled in the garden as they waited for everyone to arrive. We had 12 girls in total. They’ll put their t-shirts on straight away. As is the way with any gathering of 9 year old girls, they spend at least gymnastic-ing, and 25% of their time on their hands.My lovely friend Rachel came to help. 2 of her 4 children were there…though Sacha the baby perhaps a little too small to decorate this time.
And Let The Decorating Commence:
Abbi wanted to be taught how to decorate something, so I demonstrated a bunny on green grass with a carrot, step by step, and the girls copied as we went along. I am the last person that should be demonstrating icing, but in the land of the blind and all that. We gave each guest a plate containing the colours they would need for this pre measured.
The green icing I squeezed through a garlic press to give a grassy effect (though mine is awful). The girls did a much better job.Once we had done the demo, it was time to give the girls free reign.
I was amazed and surprised how focussed the girls were concentrating on their creations. And very creative. I had expected much of the cake and the topping to be eaten as we went along, but there was very little nibbling…they were concentrating so hard.
The After Party
After the party ended, some friends popped round to help us eat some of the remaining cakes from the cake decorating party, and wish Abbi Happy Birthday. Jessie just deciding which of Abbis creations she should risk.And as if we didn’t have enough cake… Finally, we can get rid of our giant cardboard cake……
This party looks really fun.