Birthday Baking Fun



Don't go to the grocery store's bakery section. Don't order a cake from your office's cafeteria. Instead, make some special memories for your children by baking them fun and interesting cakes. Let them join in the fun and they'll have double memories - of making and then of eating their special, personal birthday cake! Yes, you can get past the Devil's Food Cake with White Frosting routine. Try some of these ideas for your next Special Day!

1) Cupcakes.

This is the most perfect way to cure the "He got a bigger piece than I did!" arguments. Make cupcakes and leave the tops frosted but undecorated. Then put out bowls of toppings: m&m's, sprinkles, redhots, gummy bears, whatever strikes their fancy. They get the fun of creating individualized

2) Fun Shapes.

Bake a circle cake and a square cake. Cut a circle cake in half, and put each half against the square's sides to make a quick heart shape -- just right for your little princess. Circle cakes alone can be transformed easily with decorating icing into soccer balls, baseballs, any sort of ball for your sports fan.

3) Cake Additions.

Ever had a chocolate chip cake? Why not? Just think of all those things that go into muffins, and think about tossing them into the cakes! Some experimentation might be in order, to see what sinks to the cake's bottom too quickly, but I'm sure you'll have eager hands to help out on the trial versions.

Here's a quick and easy icing that you can tint with food coloring:

1/2 cup shortening
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 cups confectioners' sugar
2 tablespoons milk


In a large bowl, cream together the butter, shortening, and vanilla. Blend in the sugar, one cup at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in the milk, and continue mixing until light and fluffy. Add drops of food coloring. Keep icing covered until ready to decorate.


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