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Ice Cream Party!

27 Jun

I scream you scream we all scream for ice cream!

What kid (or adult) doesn’t love ice cream?

I was after a simple concept for my son’s 5th birthday party and after much trawling of the internet, together we decided an ice cream party was the way to go!

I had seen this cake idea on Pinterest (I can’t find the link to the original post – if you find it, I would love you to pop it in the comments so I can link it to the original creator!) and it was very easy to make and orchestrate.

Basically, the cakes are just vanilla cupcakes, iced like different flavoured cupcake and stacked on top of a waffle cone. I used silicone moulds so I could just remove and ice the whole cake including the sides. They were super easy and I think they look great! Lots of people were wondering why the cake wasn’t melting! 🙂

Ice Cream Cake

 

 

Ice cream

I also made a different batch of cupcakes and used straws and cellophane to make candles – just in case there weren’t enough!

At the party we played ‘Pin the Cherry on Top’ which we made together, and of course pass the parcel. I was able to pick up some ‘ice cream related’ prizes like erasers and hair clips from the dollar type shops.

pin the cherry on top

We also had an ice cream bar which was a great hit! We had homemade chocolate, strawberry and caramel sauces with vanilla ice cream and as many toppings as you could think of! The kids absolutely LOVED this!

All in all everyone had a great time. I highly recommend this theme. It was so much fun to plan and was enjoyable for all ages!

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Cupcake in a Cone

9 Jul

I’ve been really slack with my blogging lately! Believe me, we are still cooking but my little friend has decided to cut out his daytime sleep and I have found myself somewhat short on time to sit down and put our adventures on the blog.

With that said, I would like to thank my friend Claire who kindly sent me the pics and recipe for these gorgeous little cupcakes in ice cream cones. They would make a great activity to do in the school holidays – you could decorate them in any way you like!

Simple and easy the instructions – from Claire are as follows:

You just need a cake mix (I used the 75c one from Aldi).

Follow the directions to make the cake

Pour the mixture into flat bottomed ice cream cones to about 3/4 filled

Bake for about 12-15 minutes.

Once cooled ice them and add sprinkles. I didn’t have any butter so my icing is a bit flat but still gives the ice cream effect.

Some suggestions for toppings:

  • sprinkles
  • choc chips
  • small marshmallows
  • smarties
  • m&m’s
  • nuts (if there are no allergies)
  • lollies
  • crushed up crunchie or violet crumble bars
  • berries
Any more suggestions? I’d love to hear them!
Have you ever had an ice cream bar at a party? These could be a fun alternative – no melting ice cream to worry about!

Thank you to Claire for sharing :-).

Pink Smartie Cupcakes

16 Apr

My mini chef LOVES to make birthday cakes. Whenever it is someone’s birthday, we have to bake pink smartie cupcakes. They can’t have any other colour icing or different decorations – it has to be pink and they have to have smarties (oh and sprinkles!). He’s not a big risk taker – he likes his formula and he’s sticking to it!

Today it was Thomas’ cousins birthday party so this morning we made our signature pink smartie cupcakes…

We just used the basic butter cake recipe out of the Woman’s Weekly Kids Birthday Cake Cookbook and their butter frosting. You can’t beat it… YUM!

Ingredients:

125g butter softened

3/4 cup caster sugar

2 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla essence

1/2 cup milk

1 & 1/2 cups self raising flour

Method:

  1. Preheat moderate oven.
  2. In an electric mixer, beat butter, sugar and vanilla until light and fluffy.
  3. Add eggs one at a time and beat each until just combined.
  4. Stir in flour and milk in 2 batches.
  5. Spoon mixture into prepared patty cases (makes 12).
  6. Bake in moderate oven until cooked (approx 15-18 minutes).
  7. Stand in cake pan for about 5 minutes and then turn onto wire rack to cool.
Butter Cream:
125g butter softened
1 &1/2 cups icing sugar mixture
2 tablespoons milk
Beat butter in small bowl with electric mixer until as white as possible. Gradually beat in half icing sugar, milk, then remaining icing sugar. Colour as required.
Decorating cupcakes is a great school holiday activity (or birthday party activity – there are some great cakeboxes you can get so the children can take their cakes home instead of a lolly bag). You can use any kind of lollies and decorations you like (or your child likes) and let them be creative!
This kind of activity can be a fantastic way for children who aren’t necessarily interested in painting and drawing to express themselves creatively. Try to let them have control with little input from you about what they put where. Children develop a sense of self esteem when their efforts are respected and valued by their carers.

Have fun!