My son turned 4 years old today. Last year, I made him a fun (and very easy) construction site cake. Did I mention that it was easy! So, you might imagine that this year, when I asked him what kind of cake he’d want for his birthday, I was a bit intimidated by his immediate answer, “An airplane!” Why, oh why, did I let them watch Planes so many times before this?! HOW on earth am I going to turn a cake into an airplane?
I could have simply gone to our local grocery store and ordered a cake with ingredients I’d rather not have and with a price I’d rather not pay in order to come up with a birthday cake. Instead, I did what any mom today would do… run to Pinterest!
I had to adapt a recipe I found because the cake I made (a grain-free, honey sweetened one) was much thinner than the one pictured on the pin I saw. But, here’s what I did.
First, bake two layers of cake in 9 inch pans using the batter of your choice. Once baked, slice the first one in half.
Use icing to “glue” these pieces together to form the body of your airplane.
Next, slice the next cake in thirds, as pictured.
The middle pieces will become the wings and the ends will be used for the tail. Ice everything and put it all together. Hopefully, you’ll get a better looking plane than ours turned out. In the end, the children were both very happy that we had an airplane cake… and it tasted great!
And, here’s the birthday boy, proud of being 4, blowing out his candles.
How do you make your children’s birthday’s special?
We have two little ones who are about to celebrate birthdays just around the corner, in February and March. While all our purchased gifts and treats are fun, it’s nice to get some freebie treats for their birthdays, too. Here are just a few very easy ways to score fun, extra, sweet treats and surprises for your little birthday boy or girl.
Toys R Us
Sign your children up for Geoffrey’s Birthday Club in order to receive a special birthday card and a birthday surprise every year on their birthday. But the fun doesn’t stop there. Your child will also get an invitation to the store for a special birthday experience at your local Toys R Us.
Sign your children (and yourself, for that matter) up for Baskin-Robbins Birthday Club and they’ll get a coupon for free ice cream on their birthday. What kid wouldn’t love that birthday treat!
If you join Olan Mills’ birthday club, you’ll receive discounts for photos during the month of your child’s birthday. I guess that’s more of a gift for you than for them. But, hey, why not? 😉
How about a $5 gift certificate and a fun pack of goodies? Just sign up for the Kmart Birthday Club and that’s what your birthday boy/girl will get to enjoy.
You’ll find more special surprises, this time for you and your child, when you sign up for the Children’s Place Birthday Club.
Barnes and Noble
With Barnes and Noble’s Kids Club, your children will receive a free cupcake on their birthday. That might be a fun treat for your child to share with his mommy
We all know that a free birthday treat for your little one is also a treat for you! Enjoy celebrating your little ones grow up with these cool freebies.