It is my husband’s birthday tomorrow. Master O has spent the last week excited at the prospect of being responsible for making his father’s cake.
He wanted it to be just like the events in his favourite book to read at Kindermusik class, Spot Bakes a Cake.
In the book, Spot and his Mum shop for ingredients, bake and then decorate a cake for Spot’s Dad’s birthday.
Not wanting to spend yet another day restraining his enthusiasm, I decided to make the cake today.
The mixing and baking bit was fun, but what Master O really wanted to do was to decorate the cake. I promised him that it would be entirely his responsibility. That was a HUGE step for me. I am a bit of a perfectionist when it comes to such things. However, taking a back seat to an over-enthusiastic, symmetry ignoring, messy and heavy-handed 3-year-old boy was character building. Admittedly, I did help Master O’s creative process by making the decorations easier to apply and handle.
Like most kids, he loves sprinkles. Most of the time they come in sachet and they are a nightmare to apply neatly. I recommend throwing these into a cheap shaker that you can pick up just about anywhere these days. Or for an even cheaper alternative, keep your shaker bottles that your herbs come in for this purpose. Just make sure that the holes at the top are big enough to dispense your chosen sprinkle.
If you time things right, when Spotlight or cake decorating shops have a sale, pop in and pick up some sprinkles then. Not only have they have great selections you would never find in your local supermarket, they come in shaker bottles. Once done, keep them and refill.
A great help today was this nifty chocolate decoration dispenser my MIL picked up from Aldi. It came packed with jimmies, choc shards and chocolate buttons. It has a bigger opening so it is great for those bigger toppings. I will certainly be holding on to this when we use up the contents.
When it comes to sprinkles, whatever your method of application, I recommend limiting the amount you give the kids to what you are happy to have applied to your cake. Those things are slippery suckers and a light dusting can quickly turn into a downpour.
For big decorations like lollies/candy, lay them out on a plate or in bowls so little hands can easily grasp them.
So Master O went to town with his decorations. I am glad I put the cake on a massive platter as the sprinkles did jump around!
I am sure Dad will love his cake.
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