Cakes to keep kids happy

Last updated 05:00 08/02/2014
Bojana Skinner Zoom
Strawberry Shortcake cake for my daughter's 2nd Birthday.
Diana Philipp
Diana Philipp Zoom
Diana Philipp says this cupcake creation was a special effort for a special birthday - the big 5-0.

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Our readers have been showing off their cake making skills. Bojana Skinner shares some of her favourites and shares the stories behind them.

I always let my kids choose the theme for their birthday parties so that is my inspiration for all of the cakes I make.  

All cakes are baked and decorated by me at home and covered in homemade marshmallow fondant.

Toppers are made out of gumpaste and fondant. I made all the toppers on all the cakes and every one is 100 per cent edible.

The Strawberry Shortcake cake was for my daughter's second birthday. It was strawberry-flavoured sponge with strawberry frosting. The cake is covered with homemade marshmallow fondant. I used an edible image of Strawberry Shortcake that I cut out and 'glued' on the sheet of rolled gumpaste.  

The Handy Manny cake was for my son on his sister's second birthday party so he did not feel left out. It was carrot cake with lemon flavoured butter cream. 

The Lightning McQueen cake was for my son's fourth birthday. It was chocolate cake with chocolate flavoured butter cream. 

The Peppa Pig cake was for my 2-year-old daughter. Peppa was her favourite cartoon character at the time. It was a banana cake with lemon icing.

The My Little Pony cake for my daughter's third birthday. It was layered white cake with vanilla frosting and I put different food colouring in each layer to make it into a rainbow cake. It looked amazing with layers in colours of the rainbow.

My Ninjago cake was for my 4-year-old son - a white cake with vanilla frosting.

The Plants vs Zombies cake was for my son's fifth birthday. It was my son's favourite -  banana cake with lemon icing. It's hard to see all the amazing detail on toppers on this photo. I am very pruod of this cake as it was a big challege for me. 

The Tractor Tom shaped cake was for my best friend's son for his fourth birthday. It is a layered chocolate cake with chocolate frosting. The wheels are chocolate cupcakes baked in different sizes. 

The Angry Birds cake was for my son's fifth Birthday. He got two cakes for this birthday. One at home in New Zealand and this one at his grandparents' house in Europe. It was four-layered chocolate cake with chocolate frosting.

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