A really cool,and unique birthday cake is always a welcome addition to any birthday party. Making one yourself, or getting a cake maker to make one for you is a great way to personalise your child's party and make it unique to them. It will impress all the parents and children at the party.
When I was younger I used to love the TV show 'Ace of Cakes', it's a good source for inspiration and tips for decorating themed cakes. You should be able to get almost everything you need to make them at any large supermarket, anything they don't have will be easily available at your local cookery shop.
Before You Start:
- Most cakes are decorated with different coloured fondant to make up the shapes and components.
- You use water to stick different fondant parts together to build more complex decorations.
- If your making a 3d fondant model ,such as a character, you use cocktail sticks/skewers or wire shapes to reinforce the structure (be careful no one tries to eat these models, as even with the sticks removed, some splinters could remain in the fondant).
5 Quick Tips for Making a Themed Cake Amazing:
- To make the cake look even more impressive, carve the cake to change the shape before you decorate it, rather than simply adding decorations onto a square or round cake.
- Make sure not to handle and stretch the fondant too much, or make it too thin, as it can dry out and crack.
- Draw a rough drawing of what you want the cake to look like before you start decorating, it's much easier to change the design while you're drawing it, than to keep making new decorations. Ask the birthday child to help you with this, so they can tell you what they want it to look like.
- Make sure the cake isn't still warm before you start adding fondant or decorations, as it will affect the fondant and icing.
- Don't just make the cake a simple vanilla or chocolate sponge, change the flavour of the cake or add things in (such as your child's favorite chocolate) to make if different to every standard birthday cake.
Remember, if you're not great at baking cakes, you can always get a simple shop bought cake and just decorate it yourself.
Some of the cakes I've seen at parties recently include; a 'Diet Coke' cake (seen above) , a Minion cake , Top hat and rabbit cakes, a smarties cake and lots more!
Thanks for reading, don't forget to take a look at my other blog posts for more children's party tips and advice.
Jared Gale - Owner and Magician at Kids Illusions!