I like making things myself.
I can get pretty ambitious about baking, decorating, sewing, whatever.
But I really have no desire to learn to make the decadent fondant cakes that are so popular right now.
Want to know why?
Because fondant tastes so nasty.
Its like candy corn melted on top of your cake. I'm sure some people like it. I can do without. I can also do without those sheet cakes with dyed sickly sweet frosting. To be honest, I can really do without buying cake at all because, in case you hadn't noticed, I like baking.
So how then do we make a yummy cake for oh so picky children?
Simple. Let them choose. Not what "theme" they want, but flavors, toppings, style.
Every year my daughter gets a strawberry cake but every year we switch it up. We've made cupcakes, strawberry shortcakes, neopolitan hi-hat cake, and strawberry chocolate cake.
But there are children who insist on a theme. Harry Potter, Legos, or in our case, baseball.
So this is when a bit of creativity can come into play. We started with an orange cake, topped it with whipped cream, and used strawberries as the baseball laces. There are so many other choices to make a fun birthday cake without sacrificing the cake itself. Start with your favorite cake and favorite icing, add marzipan, candy, candy characters, or make the cake fun or icing fun
This cake is via Iambaker.net and it looks so perfect for a fairy birthday girl!
I know this is a terrible picture. My mom make this cake for my son's first birthday. The carrots are make from rolled starburst with twizzlers in the top.
One of our favorites. Lemon and orange layered cake with ombre frosting.
Ombre layered cakes or frosting are so easy to do and look charming.
Image via Icancraftthat.com
and throwing a couple of toys on top in a clever way is a super easy way to make a cake "kid friendly."
Image via SewHandmade.com
I am dying to make this planet (with cores) cake! It will be making an appearance for someone's birthday. When I'm feeling ambitious that is.
Rainbows? Pretty please
Image via Iambaker.net
After all, as long as it's sweet, what child wont be happy, no matter what a cake looks like?