The Cake Dilemma
As a new mom working full time, planning a child’s birthday party was a little overwhelming. I was looking for anything that would make it easier.
Picking up a cake at the local supermarket was very convenient. The added bonus of being able to find almost any character or theme just added to the ease of planning that aspect of a birthday party. So that’s what I did.
It was when our third daughter was born and I began researching food that I realized store bought cakes weren’t all that good for you. I’m talking beyond the fact that cake usually has lots of sugar. There were a bunch of additives that I had never realized were in there.
I began thinking about the cakes I had when I was a kid. Growing up, my mom always made our birthday cakes. It was so much fun watching her create something beautiful out of cake and frosting.
I decided I would do the same for my kids. My cake decorating talents pale in comparison to my mother’s. I needed a quick and easy way to make amazing cakes that my children would love.
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A Simple Solution – Easy DIY Cakes
I realized that if I used a carefully selected boxed cake mix I could steer clear of many of the ingredients I wanted to avoid while still being able to make a delicious and easy DIY cake.
Next, I had to figure out how to decorate it. Knowing my strengths, I understood that I could easily make and color frosting (Leave a comment below if you need frosting assistance).
I then had to figure out a theme. I began looking through photos of some of the store bought cakes we’d had over the years. I realized that many of them used some type of toy as part of the decoration.
I knew I could do that! Our family loves Disney and movie nights. So it is no surprise that my children often choose a party theme based on Disney characters.
I realized I could buy a set of toys like Disney Cars 3 Deluxe Figure Play Set 461073193097 that is related to whatever theme they choose. All I have to do is think of a way to use frosting to set the scene.
Once that is done, I just place the toys around the scene and write Happy Birthday on the cake!
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18 thoughts on “Super Simple Way to Make Amazing Kids’ Birthday Cakes”
Aw, these are so cute! I’ve never really tried to decorate my own cakes…cupcakes I’ve done though!!
Lauren, it is really easy when you make them the way I do! 🙂
Wow these are amazing!! Can’t believe you did these!
Thank you Erin! You are so sweet!!!
These are so clever. I want the Moana cake for MY birthday!
Thank you Felicia! That was so sweet of you to say!!!
I am a big believer in making whatever dream cake my kiddos want for their birthday! Thanks to the wonders of the internet, anyone can pull off a fun cake.. Thanks for this idea:)
Annaliese, I agree that the internet makes fun cakes pretty easy!
These are so cute! I have some leftover cake decorating skills from working at a Baskin Robbins in high school, but I am pretty rusty at this point.
Thank you Emily! That sounds like it was a fun job!
Fun way to make cakes and be the hero of your kids party! Plus they get to keep the toys after!
Linda, my kids love being able to keep the toys as part of their birthday present!
Love your Cars cake! My little man would love that.
Thank you Becca!
I’ve always loved doing fun birthday cakes for my kids. It just makes their special day so much more memorable. These are super fun!! What a great read.
Thank you Rebecca! My kids always get excited when they see me making their cakes too.
So fun! My family always requests my homemade ice cream cakes!
Homemade ice cream cakes sound delicious!