How to pick the best birthday cake for your kid
Ask any preschooler what she want for her birthday, and, first, you’ll get the inevitable impossible-to-acquire request: a sparkly purple-color-changing fast car. Or a unicorn. Or Thomas the Train — the real one.
This is when every parent asks the follow-up question: “Um, what else?” Which is when every kid, almost without fail, will demand, “A birthday cake.”
Yes. This can be done.
With the DIY movement that Pinterest has sparked, however, there’s no excuse to simply slink to the grocery store and pick up a run-of-the-mill already decorated sheet cake.
Here’s how to pick the best birthday cake for your kid — and make your child’s wishes come true. Well, at least one of them, anyway.
1. Visit coolest-birthday-cakes.com. Of course there’s a website for this. One of our favorite ideas is a unique and adorable owl cake. You won’t even want to eat it. OK, yes you will.
One mom recommends coconut frosting for the owl belly; it has the right color and texture. Not to mention, yum.
2. Hire a pro. ParTIA is a Colorado-based company that offers face painting, party planning and custom cakes. Bring owner Tia Sauceda your concept — even something off the wall, like a purple puppy dinosaur cake (one 2-year-old’s actual request) — and she’ll bring it to life.
One of our favorite Sauceda designs was a Hello Kitty cake (maybe because it was all buttercream).
Her expert advice:
- Consider choosing crumb coating. This is created when you apply a thin layer of frosting and then stick the cake in the fridge for a while. This helps form crumbs in your frosting.
- Add details. A pro tip: Draw the design on the cake with a toothpick first, so you can see all the details.
- The trick to a dense cake: Once you fill your cake pan with batter, tap it on the counter. This helps the batter settle, and your cake will become more dense as it bakes.
3. Consider delicious alternatives to cake. You can get super creative with cake pops, and they’re not as messy when the kids dig in. If you don’t want to make them yourself, order them from Cakepops.com or Proflowers.com. We love the zoo-themed cake pops; six pops for $24.99.
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- Serving cupcakes cuts down on the need for extra forks and plates, and, these days, the treats come in every flavor imaginable.
- Birthday cake Reeces bites are great for kids who love peanut butter.
- Indulge big time with creative combos, like this Nutella and donut birthday cake.
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