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Children's birthday cakes

Discussion in 'Cookery' started by nikkib_1986, Jun 17, 2012.

  1. nikkib_1986

    nikkib_1986 New commenter

    Hi all,

    I had an interesting phone call from my soon to be 6 year old nephew yesterday insisting I make him a birthday cake for his party! I love baking and happy to do it but I've only made "grown up" cakes before and am a novice at using icing. Does anyone have any hints/tips/designs that they could share. He really likes Thomas the tank engine and bart simpson so I might possibly attempt either of those!
  2. primarycat

    primarycat Star commenter

    You can buy or rent train shaped tins from specialist cake shops to give you a start with Thomas.

    I am not one for piping icing so used to make PC jr's cakes when she was younger by buying a cheap figure of whatever theme was required, using it to top cake with a bit of easy supporting decoration and washing the toy later to give to her after the party. E..g I did a My Little Pony cake by making a chocolate cake, topping it with a big rainbow made out of smarties and plonking a pony down to its fetlocks in chocolate goo on top!

  3. nikkib_1986

    nikkib_1986 New commenter

    That sounds like a good idea! I had no idea you could rent tins so i may look into that option too. Thanks for your help
  4. lilachardy

    lilachardy Star commenter

    Perhaps he asked you to make it because he wants a grown up cake not a novelty themed cake?
  5. nikkib_1986

    nikkib_1986 New commenter

    Hmm I never thought of that. I'll have to phone him back and ask for specifics
  6. anteater

    anteater New commenter

    I've always found that children that age are very happy with a plain or chocolate sponge, simply iced (none of that sugar paste stuff that makes the cake look like a work of art, but doesn't actually taste very nice) and decorated with chocolate buttons/smarties/other small sweeties.
  7. dozymare1957

    dozymare1957 Occasional commenter

    Believe it or not I made cakes for my four kids until the youngest was about ten. I made the following:
    snooker table
    swimming pool
    Mr Blobby
    Teddy's head
    Moon's surface
    Treasure chest
    Probably others but I can't remember.
    I just used to make round or rectangle cakes and then cut them into shapes which I covered in coloured butter icing and decorated with sweets. The butter icing held them together and covered a multitude of sins.
    My son in law to be is making Upsy Daisy for my grandson's first birthday. He found the instructions on line just by googling Upsy Daisy cake.

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