Homemade Birthday Cakes For Kids
My first attempt at a homemade character cake!
We normally buy the cakes for birthday parties, but for my daughter's first birthday I attempted to do a character cake. This is supposed to be Winnie the Pooh holding a number one. Eh, not too bad for a first try.
What Tools Do You Need?
Aside from the ingredients for the cake and the icing, here are the tools that you will need in your baking arsenal:
- A Cake Pan (or two if you are doing a regular round cake)
- Food coloring (you can mix your own colors)
- A decorating tool with different tips.
- and of course your bowls, spatulas,measuring cup(s) and measuring spoon(s).
Wilton's Buttercream icing recipe
Courtesy of www.Wilton.com
Source: 2003 Yearbook
- 1/2 cup solid vegetable shortening
- 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter or margarine softened
- 1 teaspoon clear vanilla extract
- 4 cups sifted confectioners' sugar (approximately 1 lb.)
- tablespoons milk
Makes: About 3 cups of icing.
(For Medium consistency)
In large bowl, cream shortening and butter with electric mixer. Add vanilla. Gradually add sugar, one cup at a time, beating well on medium speed. Scrape sides and bottom of bowl often. When all sugar has been mixed in, icing will appear dry. Add milk and beat at medium speed until light and fluffy. Keep bowl covered with a damp cloth until ready to use.
For best results, keep icing bowl in refrigerator when not in use. Refrigerated in an airtight container, this icing can be stored 2 weeks. Rewhip before using.
For thin (spreading) consistency icing, add 2 tablespoons light corn syrup, water or milk.
For Pure White Icing (stiff consistency), omit butter; substitute an additional 1/2 cup shortening for butter and add 1/2 teaspoon No-Color Butter Flavor. Add up to 4 tablespoons light corn syrup, water or milk to thin for icing cakes.
NOTE: Changes in Wilton's traditional recipes have been made due to Trans Fat Free Shortening replacing Hydrogenated Shortening.
Homemade Yellow Cake Recipe
Courtesy of www.Life123.com
1 cup sugar
2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
Â½ teaspoon salt
Â½ cup butter
3 large eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla
Â¾ cup milk
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9 x 13 inch cake pan [or the character cake pan if applicable].
Whisk flour, baking powder and salt together in a bowl.
In a separate bowl, beat the butter and sugar until fluffy.
Combine the eggs in the butter and sugar mixture, one at a time, continually stirring.
Add the milk and vanilla, and then, using a mixer, combine the wet and dry ingredients.
Mix until smooth.
Pour the mixture into the pan and bake for about 30 to 35 minutes.
You can test the doneness of the cake by sticking a toothpick into the center. If it comes out clean, then your cake is finished.
Don't forget these decorating accessories!
Make A Giant Cupcake Cake!
I just love the idea for this cake. It comes out looking like a giant cupcake.
Cake Pans For Boys - (stereotypically speaking)
Not ready for a character cake? - No problem!
This was the second cake that I made. I didn't have the time (or the energy!) to do two character cakes, so I made a second cake in a regular 9x13 baking dish. I tinted the thinned-out version of the frosting for the majority of the cake, then i piped on designs and the letters with the thicker stuff using my decorating tool.
Have you done a homemade character cake before? Tell me about it!