A cake decorating party makes a super fun kids cooking activity.
Make a cake for each guest ahead of time and prep your frosting in
different colors and you'll be ready for the fun of cake decorating!
Planned Kids Cooking Curriculum
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Items Needed for a Kids Cake Decorating Party:
prepared cakes and/or cupcakes- see below for details on
deciding which you'd like to do- see recipes below
prepared frosting in 4-5 colors for decorating- see recipes
Buy non perishable items, goody bags and any craft supplies
you need if you are decorating aprons or hats
Prepare chef hats ahead of time
Several days ahead:
Put your goody bags together
Get a final number of how many children are coming to the
One to two days ahead:
Do your grocery shopping for the remaining items
Prepare cakes and allow to cool overnight
Morning of party:
Line kitchen tables or any large table with a plastic
tablecloth or white butcher paper.
Set table with decorating items
Prep frosting, best if done the day of the party. Prepare
white frosting for each cake, filling for each cake and various
colored frosting for piping bags.
Fill frosting bags. These can be passed around to share and
more color added as needed. Have piping bags with a star tip and
a round tip. These two are easy to use and decorate with.
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Recipes needed for Kids Cake Decorating
Filling and cake combination ideas:
white cake with lemon frosting as filling
chocolate cake with mint frosting as filling
chocolate cake with chocolate filling
yellow cake with cream cheese filling
strawberry cake with strawberry filling
chocolate cake with peanut butter filling
yellow cake with peanut butter filling
Keep this in mind when preparing frosting:
One 6 inch 2 layer cake will need 3- 4 cups frosting
One 8 inch 2 layer cake will need 4- 5 cups frosting
If using a separate filling recipe you will need 1/2 -1 Cup filling
for each cake
~This does not count for decorating you will need more frosting for
decorating and piping details.
Easy Spreading Frosting
Use this recipe for spreading the top of the cakes. It is easy to
spread for the kids. This recipe will frost 2- 8 inch 2 layer cakes.
So if you are planning for each guest to create a 8 inch 2 layer
cake this will be split in half for two guests. Prepare enough for
each guest and have extra frosting colored in various colors for
1 Cup butter, softened
1 Cup shortening
8 Cups or 2 lb bag powdered sugar or decorators icing
4-6 Tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
Cream butter and shortening together. Add in sugar, milk and vanilla
and continue to beat several minutes until fluffy.
Kids Cake Decorating -Cupcakes
For the party one option is to have the kids decorate cupcakes which
will be a simpler idea. They can decorate cupcakes in their own
style with the colored frosting, piping bags and candies. For
cupcakes it is fun to have a variety of sprinkles and small candies
for decorating ideas.
Or you can have a few already made examples that they can try to
duplicate. You can set this up in stations with the cupcake example
and the ingredients needed in different areas.
Have 4-5 cupcakes per guest to decorate. One cupcake they can eat at
the party and the rest they can take home in a cake box.
For this you will need two circle cakes for each guest. It doesn't
have to be a 6 inch cake you can buy cake pans that are 3-4 inches
that would make a fun small 2 layer cake for each child. A small
cake size will cut down on the amount of frosting needed as well.
The steps to take are:
Fill the bottom cake layer
Stack the cake with the top
Frost top and sides
Which ever size cake you use, give each guest a cake plate and place
a small bit of frosting on the bottom of the cake plate. Place one
cake layer on top. Now have kids add filling to the top of cake,
spreading to the sides. Add a second cake layer to the top and
continue to frost top and sides of whole cake with a metal spatula.
They may need help in getting this technique down. Start by adding 1
Cup, estimated, to the top and spread toward edges and down the
sides. Add more frosting as needed.
Now that their cake is filled and frosted have them step back and
think of what they'd like their design to be. The cake is like a
canvas that they can start designing.
You can also just have them decorate a simple one layer cake.
You might just be surprised what designs they come up with.