Last week my daughter turned thirteen. It was a pretty huge deal, as it should be. We had a massive party for her with obstacle courses, shaving cream fights, a dunk tank, and of course some arts and crafts. (With me as her mom this is unavoidable.) My favorite artsy idea of the whole party was the painted cake. I wasn’t sure how 18 girls were going to make it happen, but they did an amazing job. I think its beautiful.
Here’s what you’ll need to make this cake:
~ 2 boxes yellow cake mix
~ 2-4 round cake pans
~ 4 containers of white frosting
~ food coloring
~ some jars or glasses for the different colors
~ plastic knives
I made four layers and frosted it lightly with white frosting. Then I mixed six colors, filling up the jars about 3/4 of the way. I simply placed it on a table and the girls flocked over like bees to honey.
I tried really hard not to direct their creativity, but I did say at one point to be careful about mixing it too much or else it will get muddy looking. They loved that direction and then went back to put more color in places. I have to say the frosting gets pretty thick, but that’s the best part anyway!
A collaborative cake is the way to go, I think I’ll do this for every birthday from now on!
I love this!! I’m thinking I could maybe use the idea as part of a Jackson Pollock inspired lesson with my 5th graders next week– I’ll send pics if I do!
Hi Julie, and YES please send photos if you do this!! The girls were SO excited to make this cake that it got a little out of hand…it moved fast, let’s just say. It would be really great if the children could splatter paint the cake, too! Let me know how it goes! xo Bar
Love this…..and you are correct, you can’t have too much icing.