Homemade birthday cakes for children don't have to stick to a basic pan cake with frosting technique. Attractive and amusing children's cakes you can come from your home. The key to homemade birthday cakes is to let the cake cool completely before adding frosting/icing. Warm cake melts the frosting, ruining the design and causing the finished creation to become sticky.
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Young boys and girls can enjoy an adorable homemade cake that looks like a teddy bear's head. The treat consists of one large round cake for the face and two small round cakes for the ears. Swirled chocolate frosting covers the cakes to create teddy bear fur. White and black frosting form the bear's big eyes, and pink icing forms the bear's mouth and nose for a cartoon-style face.
Castle-shaped cakes bring fairy tales to life for both girls and boys. The cake consists of a sheet cake sliced in half and stacked to create a block shape. An upside-down ice cream cone with a pointed tip sits on top of each corner of the cake to create castle spires. White, grey, cream or pink frosting can cover the cake and cones for a uniform building appearance. Thin lines of icing form the outlines of walls, doors, drawbridges and windows to give the castle cake depth. Assorted baking candies, such as gold beads, decorate the spires and other architectural details of the cake for a fancy accent.
Doll cakes are a huge hit with little girls for their fancy design. The treats are made with cake dolls, which consist of a torso and head stuck into the top of the cake, or fashion dolls, which require a hole to be cut in the middle of the cake for the doll to stand. The cake, made with a dome form or from layer cakes carved into that shape, forms the doll's skirt. A basic doll cake with smooth pink frosting on the skirt and heart-shaped bodice creates a simple base for embellishment. White icing forms lacelike ruffles around the neckline and hem. White rosettes scattered across the skirt add a feminine and floral accent. A white rosette in the doll's hair and a light dusting of clear sprinkles on the dress finishes the cake.
Depending of the child in question, a "rotten" cake covered with plastic bugs may be seen as disgusting or as the best birthday cake in the world. The treat consists of a dome-shaped chocolate cake covered with swirls of mould green-coloured frosting and dirt brown-coloured frosting. Sprinkles of coconut flakes covered lightly with green food colouring create a "furry" mould look. Small plastic bugs, such as spiders, worms and ants, randomly cover the cake for a truly rotten style. An all-edible version can be made with gummy bugs or worms.
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