Cake decorating and baking has stretched into the kids arena. With
kids baking competitions and kids cooking TV shows, kids are
becoming inspired to try their hand at cupcake wars or cake
decorating designs. We've compiled some easy decorating ideas, cake
decorating techniques and cupcake creations for your young bakers to
get creating in the kitchen.
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You can add some easy cake decorations like figurines or fun
candles. Frost your cake and choose whatever theme you'd like your
Add small toys or figurines and create a "scene". I've seen some
cute kids birthday creations with a dinosaur theme using little
dinosaurs. Or a Pokemon theme using small Pokemon figures and
writing on such as Happy Birthday.
Adding cake toppers can save you time and turn out a fun treat at
the same time.
Search for your cake topper
Kids Cake Decorating Ideas using Chocolate Accents and Curls
Adding chocolate accents, curls or homemade chocolates is an easy
way to decorate your cakes. Here's how to create them.
For chocolate curls, simply buy a large candy bar and using
a vegetable peeler peel large strips of chocolate off. Frost your
cake and add a simple border to the bottom and other designs you'd
like. Top your cake with chocolate curls however you arrange them
they turn out looking great.
Using waxed paper and a bag of candy melts or chocolate chips you
can easily form different shapes and designs for your cakes and
cupcakes out of chocolate.
Melt chocolate according to package directions. We melt ours in the
microwave in a Ziploc baggie for 20 second increments. You can also
melt over a double boiler and then pour into a Ziploc bag. Make a
very tiny snip in the corner of the bag and you have an easy to use
piping bag for melted chocolate.
You can use patterns off of scrapbook paper or freehand designs. Lay
wax paper down on a cookie sheet and drizzle your chocolate into
different designs. Allow to harden by placing in the freezer for 30
minutes. Now they are ready for you to use in decorating.
Fun Cake Decorating Ideas using Berries on the Top
Another simple cake decorating idea is to add fresh berries. After
frosting cake top with fresh strawberries or raspberries. A great
idea is to add large piping stars, using a star
cake decorating tip, to the top and sides and place a berry
between each star. The cake below has a shell border with berries on
Kids Cake Decorating Ideas Using Theme Candles
Have you seen some candles available now a days? You can find a
theme candle and decorate your whole cake centered around your
How about bowling set candles? That would be easy to create a
bowling lane with colored frosting and add candles.
A Batman candle centered on a circle cake that looks like a
Jungle animal candles placed on green frosted grass using
Star candles for a space theme.
Truck or car candles on a frosted road.
Are your ideas flowing now? Take a look at some examples to get more
Kids Cake Decorating Ideas using Sugar
Sugar shapes come in lots of different shapes and themes. Add sugar
images to your cakes or cupcakes by adding a dot of frosting to the
back or placing right on top of the frosting. You can find lots of
different themes of these edible decorations just take a look.
Kids Cake Decorating Ideas using
Edible Cake Images
These images are great for designing. Frost your cake and add a top
and/or bottom border if you choose. When you are ready to add your
image peel off the backing and lay on top of your frosted cake.
Don't take the backing off until you are ready to add it to the cake
because it can dry out. When you buy the image it comes with
directions also. You can also buy images for the sides.
A few tips for working with edible images:
Do not open the image out of the foil pouch until you are
ready to use it. One time I opened mine up because I just
couldn't wait to see what it looked like, Then waited several
weeks to use it. They were much too difficult to work with.
Freeze your images for 30 minutes if it is too hard to peel
from the backing.
Use clean, dry hands to rub or tap image on smoothly.
Using Glitters and Gels
Don't forget you can decorate cakes with lots of other finishing
touches. You can buy edible glitter, sprinkles and sparkle gels in
lots of different colors. Blue sparkle gel works great for making a
lake or pond look to your cake. You can buy sprinkles of all
different colors and combinations, also.
Kids Cake Decorating Ideas- Shaping
Sometimes a great decorated creation is all in shaping your cake.
When you transform a 13x9 into two triangles and form it into a
Christmas tree you have an entirely different look.
If you cut two circle cakes into shapes creating a heart like so...
heart cake can be shaped
by making one square and
one round cut in half.
you can make some great designs by cutting your cake into whatever
shape you need.
There are a lot of great cookbooks out that give directions on
how to cut a cake to transform it into something else. I'll
include some of these below.
Some of my favorite designs have been created by shaping your
cake. For my son's birthday I made a dinosaur out of a 13x9 pan
and some small loaf pans for the legs.
Another time I made an Egyptian mummy and a rocket ship. A butterfly
can be made by cutting two triangles out of a 13x9 pan and using a
small loaf pan. Your small pan is the body turn the triangles to
A snake or caterpillar can be formed out of pieces of Bundt pan. It
is a lot of fun to transform a simple cake into something totally
different. I think that is why I enjoy this method the most.
You can make your own pattern for shaping the cake by finding a
picture such as a coloring book page or coloring page on the
internet. Cut the outline of your picture out. Lay the picture on
your cake and trace with a toothpick. Cut out your design and
decorate as you'd like.
Once you cut your design out it is a matter of frosting the sides
and top, then decorating as you choose.
You can use candy to make faces or pipe a simple face with icing.
shaped cake recipe
A few tips before you cut your cake for shaping
Bake a day before and chill or freeze cake overnight. Allow to
unthaw just slightly. It is easier to cut cool.
Use a bread knife for cutting.
Plan out on paper your design or make a pattern if needed
Fun Cake Decorating Ideas using Cake
Cake decorating kits are a great way to decorate your desserts for a
theme party if you don't have a lot of time or if you want a
particular design or theme. The kits come with toppers or
figures and all you need in one set. In some kits even the candles
are included and some kits have edible images to go with the
figurines. You can even buy kits that come with icing color too.
These are great kits for making character cakes and you need an
exact color such as a Dora theme.
Most kits come with toppers, figurines and directions on how to
create a theme cake. You can buy a basic kit or a more elaborate
set. The extra fun thing about these sets are the birthday boy or
girl can keep the toppers to play with after the party.
Check out some examples of cake sets and party supplies
Character Cake Pans
Character cake pans are great when you want a special design or
popular character. If you want a Barbie doll or a Tinkerbell theme
cake this is the way to do it. Every year Wilton comes out with a
handful of new pans and discontinues several older pans. Ebay is a
great source for discounted and discontinued Wilton pans. So if you
are searching for an exact pan, like a Sesame Street cake pan, try
checking any auction sites. I've bought almost a dozen different
pans this way.
Each shaped cake pan is different and some require 1 standard cake
mix or recipe and some larger pans require more. The specialty cake
pan will come with instructions on how much to fill it and even
ideas on how to decorate the cake.