I know Christmas is far from everyones mind but this idea could work for other cakes too!
This first cake was made for nanny and grandad. I wanted to give them a pretty cake but knew they would love it if the boys had helped too.
How to decorate a Christmas cake can be found here.
I covered the cake with marzipan and icing and made the poinsettias to go on top. I rolled out coloured sugarpaste and the boys cut out Christmas shapes using cookie cutters. They decorated each shape with cutters, sugarpaste shapes and painted with food colouring. I then attached each shape to the sides of the cake.
Each year I make a Christmas cake for my sister in law and family too so last Christmas I invited her and her two year old to come over and decorate their own cake too.
I cut two Christmas tree shapes from an 8 inch square cake by cutting out one triangle and sticking the two offcuts from the sides to make another triangle the same size. I stuck this together with a thin layer of marzipan. I cut out the tree shape and used the offcuts to mould together the ‘stump’ of each tree. I then marzipanned the cake and covered it with green and black sugarpaste.
The children cut out shapes from rolled out sugarpaste. I then gave them piping bags of coloured icing and let them decorate their cakes how they wanted.
Not bad for a 4 year old and two 2 year olds and it made me smile everytime I looked at our cake.
I might let them help with the tree next year………….