For an explorer birthday party, everyone made their passports when they arrived, and got stickers for the countries we visited for each game.
We had a hot air balloon cake:
Here’s the basket, starring spaghetti for strings and raisin wheats for sandbags:
Notice the hand-woven icing blanket in the basket!
For a 4th birthday party we made a Toadstool fairy house cake.
We baked two chocolate chip sponge cakes, cut two circles out of the first one to make the trunk, and painstakingly carved the other into the dome-shaped roof.
We stuck the icing onto the sides with some buttercream. The doors and windows are quite simple designs cut out of icing that just took a bit of concentration to do.
The dots are icing circles stuck on top of the main piece, and the path is some scattered cake decorating stars. The fairy is a (non-edible) trinket/toy type thing.
A cute train birthday cake for a train-mad boy:
with a cute little blue engine:
The engine and carriages are chocolate chip sponge cake
covered with pre-made icing mixed with lots of food colouring
and, of course, gold chocolate coins for cargo:
For a four-year-old’s party we were pirates, and all pirates need a treasure chest cake:
(Two halves of a square chocolate chip sponge cake piled on top of each other for the base, and another piece of cake lovingly carved into a lid shape. The lid is held up by chocolate fingers, which are partly dug into the lid and base to keep them steady. It was easier than it looks to prop it open. The yellow stripes are ready-to-roll icing with lots of yellow food dye mixed in.)
and of course, there needs to be lots of treasure inside:
(Chocolate coins, of course. They feature prominently in most of our cakes and parties.)
What better way to celebrate being three than a three-shaped chocolate and strawberry birthday cake?
(A normal chocolate chip sponge cake cut into two curved pieces and joined together into a three. Lots of plans and templates were made on paper before we attempted this! On top of the cake is home-made chocolate buttercream icing and halved strawberries. The strawberries have chocolate stars and candles on them. The strawberries in the corners look posh but are actually just sliced from bottom to top, stopping before the top, and spread out in a slight spiral shape.)
We had an age-two party with food modelled after The Very Hungry Caterpillar, including a caterpillar cake:
(Chocolate chip sponge cut to shape covered with buttercream icing and chocolate buttons. Some kind of horrible candy sticks for legs.)
There were butterfly pizzas:
(Bought pizza dough covered with carefully arranged tomato, cheese and olives.)
an olive and tomato caterpillar, because savoury caterpillars are important:
(Slices of french bread toasted and covered with tomato and sliced olives.)
and a spread of cakes, including, of course, butterfly cakes and the famous strawberry chocolate cake, which is sadly unrelated to caterpillars: