We've got a birthday coming up at the Beach House and I've been looking back in the photo files at some of the birthday cakes I've made over the years. Actually that pirate cake up there was made by my mum. She also made a fabulous ocean liner in the pre digital photo age, but when she handed that mantle to me, things got a little less complicated.
I do ask the kids what they'd like, but these days I end up raiding their toy boxes for decorations rather than creating a master piece from scratch. This Pirates of the Caribbean Cake was a hit with all the little boys at one of our regular sailing birthday parties. I once had 44 people to one of those. I'm not that crazy these days.
This nautical shark cake you've seen before, but is another example of how easy it can be to throw together a much appreciated birthday cake. A light house, licorice cut out in the shape of shark fins and some very wonky writing, is enough to make the birthday boys swoon in this house.
Smiles all round as you can see.
This one I made for an end of season soccer party and the team were falling all over themselves to get a piece of this one. I bought the decorations from a local patisserie and the pitch is made with a little green food colouring rubbed into desicated coconut.
This is what I came up with, when the request was for an army cake and again our little seven year old guests were uber impressed.
They took off with the soldiers and had their own version of WW2 right then and there, no doubt inspired by the sugar content of the cake.
Now I am moving into the girl phase. I haven't had any real pressure from that quarter yet, as my littlest Beach house Brat is only just getting to the idea what birthdays are all about. As you can see here, this Club Penguin birthday cake was as simple as plonking the characters on a home made cake and I can tell you no one was complaining.
The frosting on this one is interesting. I try never to use red food colouring, but of course it had to be pink, so I whizzed up some strawberries in cream cheese with a little icing sugar to great effect.
Some simple store bought flowers can also look very pretty
This one was a little damaged in transit, but as Mr Beach House and the big Beach House Brat share the same birthday, I had a baker friend copy their photo onto some edible icing for this birthday cake.
You've seen this baby, but I am so proud of her and if you are celebrating the London Olympics in anyway or making a cake for a Brit, this one would be a hit. I show you how to decorate her here
And if all else fails, buy a cake and dress it with cream and berries, easy and this one didn't last long.
So there you have it ladies, no need to stress out over the next birthday cake. If you have posted about kids birthday cakes, I'd love you to link them up in the comments section. Have a great weekend
and if you want to do some grown up baking this weekend, check out my Too Easy baking ideas here
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