This is something it’s taken me three years to learn, I wish someone had told me this was a bad idea years ago. I am not an excessive parent but I do love a kid's party and my problem is that I love going all out on the cake. I appreciate some people are into savory and I've seen caterpillar shapes made out of circular sandwiches and so many lovely things. This isn't me, I like simple buffet, hot dog or pizza party dinners BUT when it comes to the cake...
My boys’ birthdays have always had a vague theme - from pirates, super heroes to science - so obviously I google image search cakes on that theme. My son annoyingly caught me doing this, saw how amazing the cakes are and then requested a copy of a massive, extravagant, awesome, unachievable icing masterpiece. I am not a professional baker and my attention to detail is lacking. My cakes come out looking very home-made but filled with love. I can’t believe I'm actually putting them up here to show you guys but I'm sure there have been worse cakes?
Top Tip - leave plenty of time to decorate the cake. It always takes longer than first thought.
This first one is a pirate ship. My husband and I were up to midnight making this. The biggest mistake was using freshly baked sponge - I've since learnt if you’re trying to build with cake you need a stronger mix like a Madeira. There are about 8 kebab sticks inside this holding it all up and yes it took us days to finish.
Pinata cakes were all the rage last year so I joined in: for Ethan's 6th birthday we had a science entertainer (which I would highly recommend) and Ethan saw on google images of a spherical Earth! I spent weeks learning how to do an icing transfer for this. All in all, I am secretly proud of this one.
This cake is where is wish I had skills. It really pleased my 5 year old Zac, but it was a joint party with friends and loads of adults and I was slightly embarrassed taking this cake into the hall. The lesson I learnt here is - Do not drink wine when trying to ice a cake!
So now I’ve shown my disasters to the world, please be brave and share too.