We were stoked to have been asked to make Miss Genevieve's eleventh birthday cake this year, and to also host her Cake Me! kids party, our FIRST official Cake Me! kids party!! This blog entry will be quite long as I want to share both the cake and the party with you, but if you don't want to read it all, click here for the cake, and here for the party. No hard feelings, I understand, we're all time-poor these days ;)
It's been five years since we made Genevieve's sixth birthday cake, how time has flown. To celebrate the beginning of winter, Gen decided on a Winter Wonderland themed party this year - and was very explicit when stating that it was a Winter themed cake and NOT a Frozen themed cake. We were told that anything to do with "blue, penguins, snowflakes, igloos are fine" ;) Clearly Frozen is for the younger crowd and Gen is now a young lady.
Gen's sculpted iceberg cake was so much fun to design and create. I won't lie, for a moment there I did wonder whether I had been over zealous and had gone overboard with the sculpting, destroying an otherwise beautiful 5 tiers of white chocolatey goodness. But google images reassured me that icebergs do come in all shapes and sizes.
My main priorities were for the penguins to have a slippery slide to dive head first into the icy turquoise water, and for the baby penguins to have a warm and cozy cave to huddle safely in.
Judging by the expression on the birthday girl's face, I'm ecstatic to say that the mission was accomplished :D.
We were so excited to hold our very FIRST official Cake Me! kids party after all the trial runs. Gen's Winter Wonderland theme was perfect. Using Gen's brief, we mocked up a sample cupcake and based our cake decorating and sugar sculpting tutorial on the sample. The 17 girls, ranging from four to 12 years of age, were so excited and couldn't believe they would be making their own version of what they saw.
The girls were so focused, attentive, enthusiastic and most importantly, they LOVED it. They themselves were in awe of their own creations. After our step-by-step tutorial, the girls were able to create their own masterpieces using the skills they had learnt from the session. It was amazing to see how none of these girls had prior experience with fondant before (other than eating it!) and how creative they could be when given some instruction. We were sooooooooo impressed! Here are some of the gorgeous designs they came up with.
I can't describe the feeling... watching the kids' eyes light up when they were free to experiment on their own, their fingers racing and not being able to catch up with all the ideas they had in their head, watching the dads relaxing on the couch deep in conversation with a coffee cup in hand, the mums snapping away with their mobile phone cameras... this is how parties are meant to be!!
We were so pleased to receive a text message from Genevieve's mum after the party. She said that this was the "first time it's taken less than 30 minutes to clean up after a party!" and that the birthday girl said that it was the "BEST PARTY EVER".
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