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Cake ideas! 9yo girl...

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CallMeFeral

So DD doesn't know what she wants as a cake. She'd like something pretty/elegant/dramatic though I think.

 

She's having a pamper party, but the pamper party cake ideas I've seen have either been too complex or kitsch.

 

I'd rather find some kind of cake that is pretty but not particularly linked to the party or anything.

 

But I only have half a day to make it in so it can't be TOO complex. Preferably one layer (square or circle), I can do fondant but I can't do proper fancy flowers or anything, just cutter stuff.

 

As an example, this was last year's cake and she liked it. I'd like to do something as nice. Help!

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Riotproof

How about a normal cake with raspberries on top? I think they are in season. I got some for$2.50 the other day. I think they're gorgeous and indulgent.

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harryhoo

Google drip cakes. For my mum's birthday we just made a simple cake and then put some of her favourites chocolates and a few lollies and fresh flowers on it in the drip cake style.

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Rowenas necklace

Something that looks really cool without too much effort is using chocolate or sweet shapes, sandwiched together back-to-back (using icing) on thin skewers so they're floating above the cake.

 

I've seen it done with freckles, but you could use stars or something.

 

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anatomicalheart

I adore drip cakes, but they really look best when there are a few layers.

 

Another idea is to just get a whole lot of her favourite chocolates/sweets/lollies and pile them on top of the cake.

 

Or cover the whole lot in sprinkles, tie a bow around the cake, and you're done.

 

DD has had a number cake covered in 'fluffy frosting' (it's like a meringue) and that's very easy to decorate as it's not supposed to be particularly tidy- but the icing does need to be made *just* before you're ready to serve the cake.

 

Alternately, what about an ice-cream cake?

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wallofdodo

I once did some mini balloons on sticks, similar to PP. I used water balloons.

 

Another thing is the home made ice-cream cake (get a tub and scoop it into a mold - we also crush biscuit into it) and do a decorate your own cake with lollies and choc chips

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Kiwi Bicycle

 

Another idea is to just get a whole lot of her favourite chocolates/sweets/lollies and pile them on top of the cake.

 

Or cover the whole lot in sprinkles, tie a bow around the cake, and you're done.

 

 

This looks the best with a limited colour palette. For example M&Ms in brown pink and white. A specialist lolly shop often have bulk bags or bins of same colour lollies.

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ali-song

Do you mean ‘one layer’ as one unfilled cake, or as in not a stacked cake (two plus layers of different sizes)? PP is correct that drip cakes look best with a pretty tall cake, but it doesn’t need to be a stacked cake.

 

Fancy trying mirror glaze? I made it for the first time a couple of weeks ago (must update the mirror glaze thread), and it was pretty amazing.

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anatomicalheart

Sand castle cake? I would use Guylian chocolate shells to decorate it.

 

http://www.yummymumm...e-cake.html?m=1

 

Just beware of these for nut allergies, there's a nut praline inside the chocolates.

 

I learnt the hard way when I purchased a box to make 'under the sea' themed cupcakes and only thought to check afterwards.

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CallMeFeral

Thanks folks, great ideas!

 

She doesn't like raspberries (or chocolate or ice cream go figure) but as long as she can pick it off it's probably still fine.

 

I like the idea of the watercolour cake, that doesn't look too hard and is pretty! I could always drip cake over the top of that if necessary or do the skewer thing...

 

The sandcastle looks interesting too!

 

Do you mean ‘one layer’ as one unfilled cake, or as in not a stacked cake (two plus layers of different sizes)? PP is correct that drip cakes look best with a pretty tall cake, but it doesn’t need to be a stacked cake.

 

Fancy trying mirror glaze? I made it for the first time a couple of weeks ago (must update the mirror glaze thread), and it was pretty amazing.

 

I meant not the different size layers - but tbh unfilled would be preferable, firstly for ease and secondly because she doesn't actually like icing (IKR) so a big thick cake she just cuts off the top - if it has icing in the middle it's more fiddly for her to get at her chunk of plain cake.

 

Mirror glaze looks AMAZING... I'll go hunt down that thread - is it hard to do? It looks so hard to do!

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CallMeFeral

Just looked at the mirror glaze thread. Is mirror glaze ok on a normal 'cakey' cake or does it need to be on a mouse? I presume it has to be on a cake that is absolutely flat on top?

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ali-song

Totally fine on a normal cake, but you’d want a super-smooth layer of buttercream underneath. I didn’t find it terribly difficult, but getting the temperature/consistency right required a bit of patience!

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Dirty Cat

Confetti cakes are cute and easy for any size

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sueratbag

My DD made a birthday cake for her DD that looked great. She put different coloured cake mixture in layers hoping to make a rainbow cake. But all the different colours mixed themselves together in the oven as it baked, and the result was a fabulous swirl of colours. That cake with the 'watercolour' icing would look fabulous.

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Inkogneatoh

I once decorated a cake with a set of battery led lights with a little fondant around the end of each one to look like a flower. It was a little pea sized piece, flattened out, wrapped and shaped. I thought I had photos easily accessible, but can't find them.

 

It was roughly the first 5 steps of this: https://snapguide.com/guides/make-a-mini-clay-rose/ but put around the light.

 

The battery pack was covered in fondant, and I used some extra fondant to cut out some leaves. From memory I used white fondant over multicoloured lights.

 

I've also used crystals on a wire string just "artfully" draped around.

 

I will admit though that these where for my 90 something year old grandmother. The cake was a square fruit cake, covered in fondant. Her birthday was Boxing Day so things like the lights and the crystals were easy to source as they were re-purposed Christmas decorations in non-Christmas colours. I've also used angel statues (she collected them), and patterns like in your original post.

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CallMeFeral

My DD made a birthday cake for her DD that looked great. She put different coloured cake mixture in layers hoping to make a rainbow cake. But all the different colours mixed themselves together in the oven as it baked, and the result was a fabulous swirl of colours. That cake with the 'watercolour' icing would look fabulous.

 

I did this for my son's birthday. It's my favourite 'spectacular' inside for my kids because it's still one bake and no layering, and so beautiful I almost prefer it to layer rainbow cakes (although they do look much chic-er and neater).

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Mrs Zee

An ombre cake?

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CallMeFeral

This was really easy to make and turned out pretty awesome.

https://m.facebook.c...675873619&st=14

 

Looks great! Any particular tips to get the colours up the side neat and even?

 

ETA. Is it coloured ganache? Or whatever it is - how did you get it smooth without smearing the colours all over into each other?

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