"Next you are going to be telling me that you made that cake!"
That's exactly the sort of thing you want to hear from another mum at your child's party. I did make the cake and I'm rather pleased with the result.
This year I decided to hire a magician for my kids joint party, we'd seen him before at another friends party and I was really impressed with him. He had just the right mix of magic tricks that make you wonder how he did them and silliness for the kids. Plus his balloon modelling skills are amazing - just check out this minion!
If you are in the South West I highly recommend our magician; Dave Hickory. I hired him for the whole length of the party which made my job really easy; the kids were entertained by his party games as well as his magic show, allowing me to make teas for the other parents and sort out the food and cleaning afterwards.
To complete the magic theme I gave each of the children magic wands and magic wand scratch art bookmarks in their party bags. Finally I made a cake with a rabbit coming out of a hat. I was inspired by a few designs on Pinterest, which you can see on my Birthday parties board, especially this one.
The hat is 4 layers of cake iced with buttercream (with an entire pot of black gel colouring) and the rabbit is a sponge cooked in a pudding basin covered in ready roll icing. I used the trimmings from this to mould the feet and face details. The ears and playing cards were made from sugar paste as it sets really hard. If you are doing a similar cake don't put the ears or anything like the chocolate stars on wires in until the last minute as they will start to sag off the head! Have a couple of cocktail sticks to hand to prop up the ears if needed.
|My kids are 6 and 4 - nobody is 64!|
I had terrible nerves just before I started constructing this cake - I really thought it was all going to go wrong. But I needn't have worried!