This activity started out good. I had baked each kid a little mini set of cakes to stack and frost just like I learned in class. I keep forgetting they are just kids, so maybe stacking and frosting was a bit much to expect of them? Anyways, they were very, very excited to decorate their own cake just like mommy!
Ben was doing just fine, but Alexis was getting frustrated that her frosting didn’t seem to be spreading as easily as it seemed like it was supposed to. She kept getting crumbs in her frosting. She was very distraught, meanwhile Ben just kept frosting his cake.
I helped them put on the second cake. Alexis wasn’t sure that she could continue. I had to convince her to keep trying and that this was her first cake, and it takes some practice to get the icing to go on smooth, and sometimes a little water in the icing might help as well.
That seemed to do the trick and the frosting spread a little better for them. It was still a lot harder than it looked.
I helped Alexis smooth out her frosting a bit, but there wasn’t much I could do about all the crumbs showing. I didn’t have enough frosting for a second coat. Usually you have a crumb coat and a second coat to cover any crumbs showing, but this coat was already quite a bit too. I never knew their was a crumb coat till I took my first cake decorating class.
Next came the fun part! This is what the kids really enjoyed about cake decorating. I can’t say that I blame them. I think the piping the frosting on is the most fun! Trying to get the base layer smooth and even is so hard! We ended up with globs of frosting on the top, but it was fun and Alexis finally relaxed about how her cake looked and just had fun.
These were the finished cakes! They are excited to eat them tomorrow!
What a fun day with mommy!
(I know these aren’t my best pictures… I am not sure I care for the quality of my new little point and shoot. I am so used to my SLR.)
This is the cake I made below with them for a lady we were going to visit teach this afternoon. It was her birthday, so I figured I would make one at the same time.