baking with kids

Baking With Kids: Making an Ariel Birthday Cake

April 15, 2010 at 1:53 pm , by

My daughter Sophia recently turned 5 and we celebrated with a fashion show birthday party. We decided that that cake didn’t need to fit the theme of the party so we made a cake with her favorite princess, Ariel. Sophia loves to bake with me. In fact, she says she wants to be a chef when she grows up. My baking skills lean more toward the decorating part than the baking part, but she doesn’t seem to mind. Whenever we get out her princess spatula and our coordinating aprons, we know we’re going to have fun together.

She loved the finished product but what I really loved was doing it with her. Here are my tips to making a great Ariel cake with your kid(s). (I need to give credit to all the bakers who post pics of their creations on We didn’t copy any one cake but we did get a lot of inspiration from this fun site.)

Part A – Prep and Bake

1. Bake: Make at least 3 round cakes in different sizes. Make sure when stacking them to add the proper supports! Our friends at Wilton can teach you how here. We used these cake and frosting recipes.

2. The sand is made by chopping graham crackers in a food processor. Sophia loved pushing the button and watching the crackers turn to “sand.”

3. To make the seaweed, lay a Fruit Rollup on a cutting board and cut seaweed shapes with a pizza cutter. If they keep sticking, throw them in the fridge for a few minutes. This was one part I did by myself.

Part B – Decorate Read more