With a little artistic talent and a small arsenal of squeezable icing applicators, it's easy to put together a terrific birthday cake using a simple sheet cake as a backdrop. For a cowboy birthday cake, scroll on a lasso and add cow spots and a cowboy hat, and for the Spidey fan try drawing a web on a field of red and blue. To make a frog birthday cake, pipe on green icing in fat blobs, then use red gel icing to make the tongue and finish with edible insects.
Use a combination of rectangular and round baking pans to create shaped cakes, such as a train birthday cake or a butterfly birthday cake. Frost with colored icing and decorate with candies, sprinkles, or non-edible decorations.
With the vast selection of edible and non-edible decorations available, even characters such as a mermaid birthday cake, Scooby Doo birthday cake, Dora birthday cake, or Strawberry Shortcake birthday cake can be easily tackled by the home baker. For inspiration, turn to the Internet, take a stroll through your local bakery, or flip through the pages of a birthday cake catalog at your local supermarket.
After sharing a homemade birthday cake with your child, it's not likely that you'll darken the door of a bakery the next time his birthday rolls around. Enjoy creating a confection masterpiece for the special child in your life!
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