Need a super quick birthday cake idea, you're in the right place! Those who read my blog already know that investing huge chunks of time in birthday cake decoration is neither my forte nor my desire, nor at all realistic. Quick and cute, that's my thing! And maybe I should add spontaneous, though not recommended for everyone. And spontaneous this cake decor for my daughter's 11th birthday, which was inspired by the goldfish bowl centerpiece I made (while the cake was baking) to go with the summery ocean breeze crepe paper photo backdrop.
This method of cake decor is my favorite, as with just some basic drawing skills you can create a themed cake in very little time, with basic supplies. And if you have some cute drawing books like anything from Ed Emberley on hand, that certainly is a big help.
Oh, and here's what the back looks like, even used up the last of some paper left over from a bubble wrap printing craft years ago!
- colored card stock paper
- black felt pen
- aluminum foil tape, from the hardware store, great stuff
- wooden skewers
How To: Decide on a theme and draw in black pen on colored paper, or on white paper with colored pens, which I've done before. Cut out drawings and tape a skewer on the back. In this case the top of the skewer was also a flag pole. If you use thin paper, it may need extra support, so add some toothpicks too, which was necessary on one of the towers, as you can see. Save the decorations, and if they're tall you can put them in a vase to extend the birthday spirit just a bit. Enjoy!
No time to run to the store for sprinkles? Maybe you'll find some coconut in the pantry which you can color with food coloring (preferably natural) to suit your theme!
Need some more inspiration, here are some past cakes I decorated using this same technique:
- figure eight road race birthday cake
- penguin birthday cake
- merry go round birthday cake
- castle and loch ness monster birthday cake