I love baking for kids – it is so much fun! I just did a Candyland themed birthday for my daughter. I decided to make the cake look like the board game. I love bright colors and had real fun playing with all the colors and candy while making this cake. Personally, I prefer kid’s cakes that have more of a homemade feel and are not so perfect. So – here is how I made my not so perfect, very homemade Candyland cake!
Here is a list of the kinds of things I used ( you can always substitute according to what is available in your area):
- One 9X13 sheet cake – to make this cake use your favorite cake recipe & frosting ( you can even use a box mix)
- Keep the frosting white so that you can tint it in different colors
- Pepppermint candies – all colors
- Ice-cream cones
- Little frosted cupcakes (store bought or homemade) to fit into the Ice-cream cones
- Little character picture cards& plastic players from the Candyland Game (you can always substitute this too with printouts from the computer or skip it altogether)
- Pink sugar crystals
- Split the white frosting into four bowls and tint them green, pink, yellow and leave some white ( you can pick any colors you like or can even do the whole cake on white which will look very nice too).
- I frosted the cake with these four different colors.
- I then took the colored peppermint candies and stuck them all around the sides of the cake.
The Rainbow Path
- I started at the bottom left corner of the cake and used different colored starbursts to make the rainbow path on the cake.
- I put two of the gingerbread character pawns at the beginning of the path.
The Candy Castle
- I put the frosted mini cupcakes into four of the the ice-cream cones and topped them off with a gumdrop each.
- I then stuck these ice-cream cones deep into the top right hand side of the cake to make it look like a castle.
- The castle should sit at the end of the starburst rainbow path.
- Let one ice-cream cone ( the one at the back) be a little taller than the three in front surrounding it.
- I stuck the character card of Princess Frostine right in front of the castle
- On the left hand upper corner of the cake I made lollipop woods.
- I cut a few colored lollipops to different heights and put them in a cluster.
- I stuck the character card of Lolly right in front of the woods
- I used a few different colored gumdrops to build a small pass from the first level of the rainbow path to the next one.
- On the right hand side of the cake where the path curves inwards to go to the next level, I used a few red and white peppermint candies to make a little representation of the Peppermint forest.
- I stuck the character card of Mr. Mint right into the Peppermint forest.
To finish off:
- I stuck six colored and striped candles in and around the gingerbread characters.
- I wrote happy birthday on the starbursts that made up the rainbow path with a #3 wilton tip
- I used a #21 wilton tip to make little flowes/stars on the base around the cake and then I put different colored gumdrops in each of these stars.
- I used a little bit of pink sugar that I sprinkled all over the cake just to add a little touch of color
I have also put pictures of two other cakes I made along with the main Candyland one. I just used leftover supplies from the main cake to decorate the other two.