If you want to wow your toddler or preschooler with a cake that will cause her face to spread into a grin the size of her stuffed animal collection, you don’t have to break the bank to do it. It also doesn’t require hours in cooking class learning how to create those quirky, magical cakes you see in the bakery window. With a little creativity and practice, you can create a pink and orange cake for your toddler or preschooler that you’ll both be proud of.
Pink and Orange Velvet Cake
You know those decadent, multilayer red velvet cakes perched in bakery windows that make you smile and salivate with a glance? You, too, can create a velvet cake whether you’ve got a baker’s hat or not. The secret is — it doesn’t have to be red! A basic velvet cake recipe includes flour, sugar, eggs, oil and a dash or two of baking soda and cocoa. Add a hefty amount (1 ounce) of orange food coloring to make your child’s dreams come true. Create alternating layers of pink and orange, make an orange cake with pink frosting or vice versa.Easy Fondant
Fondant is another baker’s trick that makes cakes look professional, smooth and downright pretty. You can easily make orange or pink fondant to cover an entire cake or to add embellishments to a frosted cake. Make easy marshmallow fondant by melting a bag of mini marshmallows in the microwave or on the stove top. Add 1/4 cup of water, a dash of vanilla and a few drops of food coloring, and stir. If you want more than one color, divide the mixture while it’s runny, adding a few drops of color to each portion. Gradually add up to 2 pounds of powdered sugar, kneading it with buttered hands as it transforms into a thick dough. Form the dough into a ball, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight. When you’re ready to decorate the cake, let the fondant come to room temperature before rolling it out.
Smooth Tiered Cake
There’s something about a tiered caked that is magical and awe-inspiring, especially for a child’s naive eyes. Create a two-tiered cake for your toddler or preschooler, frosting one layer pink and the other orange. Use paper towel or waxed paper to smooth the frosting after applying it to give it a professional look. The smooth exterior provides a palette for writing or additional decorations. Keep careful watch over this cake, as little fingers will be magnetically drawn to its smooth, shiny exterior like bees to honeycomb.
Cake Decorating Ideas
Whether you choose fondant or frosting, there are many ways to decorate a pink and orange cake that will make your child’s eyes light up. To cover the cake with fondant, spread a thin layer of icing on the cake first. Then roll out the fondant to the size of the cake and place it on top. Smooth out all the wrinkles and form it to the cake using a spatula. Let your little baker help add fondant shapes or letters by rolling it out to about 1/2-inch thickness and pressing cookie cutters into the fondant. Polka-dots are easy to make with the end of an apple corer or by tracing around a small round object with a blunt knife. Create a colorful orange and pink cake with frosting by frosting the cake in pink and piping orange frosting around the edge. Or, divide the cake into contrasting stripes or another appealing design.