Making your kids birthday cake – A mum’s first time experience!
Whilst planning her son’s 6th birthday party, Sarah, one of our colleagues here at Froggle Parties, took to making an extremely ambitious birthday cake.
Interestingly enough this was the first time Sarah had ever made a cake, let alone a birthday cake. Her son was quite specific about he wanted too – A harry Potter and lego style theme! So the heat was really on.
The result, as you can see, was outstanding to say the least! Sarah went for a very impressive 2 tier cake (1 tier for each theme).
We spoke to sarah about how she found the process:
Given that you’d never made a cake before, what made you decide to make your own cake instead of buying one?
I think there’s something about making things yourself which brings about a sense of achievement and satisfaction. I knew finding a cake with everything my son was currently into would be a challenge and so I decided to take on the challenge myself and add a Mummy’s personal touch! I did have a look at the price of cakes and felt I wasn’t able to justify the expense and so found it so much cheaper ordering what I needed from the internet. I took inspiration from google images and Pinterest and thought I’d give it a go.
What was the theme and why did you choose it?
It was a mix of Harry Potter and Lego with a little touch of football and pirates! This was part of the reason why I decided to make it myself, as I wanted to incorporate all his favourite themes onto the cake and make it extra special.
How easy was it?
I did ask a friend to help with the sponge as I am no baker! I then iced the cakes and the cake board (after a couple of go’s at it) and handmade the decorations. I wanted everything to be edible and so it was (except for the little Lego men). I know the way children love to pull bits off the cake and gobble them up! I made the decorations whilst in front of the TV a couple of nights before the actual party to make it more manageable. I even asked Zach to lend a hand with rolling out the icing to encourage him to be involved which was really nice.
Would you do it again?
I would definitely do it again! Once you start a challenge like this, you’d be amazed at how rewarding it is and how creative you can actually be.
What was your son’s reaction to the cake?
I was up on the last night putting together all the final touches pretty late, but in the morning I showed my son and he hugged me and told me how much he loved it! To see his genuinely sincere reaction showed me he was impressed and I had passed! It was all definitely worth it just for that.
You’ve set the bar pretty high – what are you going to do for next year’s cake?
It depends on what he is into next year! Every year it’s something else, but from experience, it is always something very specific.
Will you take requests?
Haha, not sure I would feel as confident doing it for someone else! It did inspire confidence in me and I realised that when you set your mind to something and see it as fun rather than work….anything is possible! If I can do it, anyone can!
Making a birthday cake is of course a fair bit more work than buying it, but it can be a lot of fun, and as Sarah said herself, it’s a great way to involve your child in the party planning process. It’s always nice to have your own personal cake at the end of it for your child’s birthday party.
Sadly Sarah won’t be doing requests! But she is on hand to chat with you about kids parties and our children’s entertainers. Get in touch to find out more about what we do.