My soon-to-be-five year old is obsessed with the show Cake Boss. We don't have cable, and our TV reception is rather poor, so most of our media viewing is via Netflix streaming. I stumbled on Cake Boss and started watching--next thing I knew, my daughter was watching it with me and then started watching it on her own!
So, now I have a child who is going around building elaborate "cakes" out of Legos, and covering them in playsilk "fondant". Who talks about piping gel, petal dust, gum paste and royal icing like a (very small) pastry chef. Who asks if we can pleeeeease go to New Jersey to visit Carlo's Bakery, in the same way that most other children ask for a trip to Disneyland.
This girl's fifth birthday is coming up, and as I mused and planned what we were going to do both for gifts and a party, I thought about what her interests are and of course her recent adoration for Cake Boss came to mind. It occurred to me to get her some cake decorating supplies to play with as a gift. Then I realized that this would be a great party theme. She was very excited about the idea of a Cake Boss birthday party. She wanted to invite five of her friends from preschool--perfect. I have a couple of four-inch Springform round layer cake pans--I can make each kid a tiny layer cake and give them supplies to decorate it. Easy and not too spendy, right?
Of course, once I get into a project like this it always turns out to be more difficult and expensive and time consuming than I think it's going to be!! One kid is allergic to eggs, another has a peanut allergy--so that is requiring a bit of vigilance and creativity to work around. I found an egg-free cake recipe and am going to give it a try--we'll see how that turns out! In lieu of a goodie bag, each kid is going to get a child-sized apron that they can wear during the cake decorating and then take home. I think I'm going to personalize them using iron-on transfers. I am making modeling chocolate and buttercream icing, and bought several types of write-on gels and sparkles and sprinkles and such. Hopefully there will be enough stuff that it will end up being a fun activity.
The pre-party efforts will be ramping up in the next few days (party is Saturday) so tune in for updates!