Monday, May 28, 2012

April Showers bring May {Cake & Cookie} Flowers

To celebrate my daughter's birthday we decided to throw a baking party at home. Being that her birthday is in the midst of our cold Canadian winter, we went for a summer flower theme to warm things up.

Baking Party Invite

Baking is probably a bit of an exaggeration. Who am I kidding, with 10 little girls aged 4 and 5 this party needed the help of the two grandmas (thank you, thank you) and I wasn't comfortable having them work with a hot oven. A lot of our "baking" was really measuring, mixing and decorating but the girls loved it nonetheless.

First things first, if you're going to have a baking party you need aprons. I was able to source these adorable aprons on e-bay. I had one made up with each girls' name on it and of course it was then the main part of their loot-bag. Altogether including shipping I think I paid about $80 for 12 personalized aprons, not bad!



When the girls sat down we had already laid sugar cookie flower lolipops at their places. Each girl's place was already set with a tube of icing and bowls of candies, sprinkles, gumballs, etc. for decorating.


Once the decorating of the cookies was done it was time to paint some flowerpots. I bought some terracotta pots and filled them with floral foam. Each girl decorated her pot with paint, ribbons, and glitter. Later when the cookies had dried, we stuck the lollipop sticks in the floral foam and sent each girl home with a flower cookie garden. (Sorry, I forgot to take a photo of that)

Well, knowing it wasn't enough fun just to decorate cookies, we made up a batch of Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Butterscotch cookies. This allowed the girls to get their hands dirty and really feel like they were baking. While those baked, each girl made a cookie jar batch to take home for later. I had pre-printed the instructions which we attached to the jars. (See recipe at end of blog)


Image: Bakerella

No party would be complete without cake. I made a simple white cake and vanilla icing and decorated it using a photo I'd pulled out of a magazine (I think it was Today's Parent but I can't find it now). Sour green licorice formed the stems, spearimint gummies for leaves and a variety of colourful lollipops for the flowers (one for each guest). Simple yet effective!

Flower Garden Cake - Creative Mama on a Dime

The Lootbags mainly took care of themselves. They were made up of the personalized apron, their flowerpot cookie gardens, their cookie mix mason jar and I threw in a cookie cutter and child's rolling pin to inspire future baking.

It was a really fun afternoon. With a little preparation and help from the grandmas it went off without a hitch.  

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Butterscotch Mason Jar Cookie Mix:


Layer the following in your mason jar in the order listed using a sieve to help you. Pack down firmly after each addition.

  • 1/2 c. white sugar
  • 1/4 c. butterscotch chips
  • 1/4 c. chocolate chips
  • 1/c c. rice krispies
  • 1 1/2 c. flour
  • 3/4 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 c. oats
  • 1/2 c. brown sugar
  • 1/4 c. butterscotch chips
  • 1/4 c. chocolate chips

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350F
  2. In a large bowl cream 1/2 c. margarine or butter until light and fluffy
  3. Mix in 1 egg and 2 tbsp. water.
  4. Add entire contents of the jar and stir until well blended.
  5. Drop by rounded spoonfuls onto an ungreased cookie sheet. Press lightly.
  6. Bake for 10-12 minutes.
  7. Remove from baking sheets and cool on wire racks.

Enjoy!

3 comments :

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  2. So ADORABLE! That cake is to cute, and looks delicious. I love the girls little aprons. I hope you will link up to my linky party. http://www.thegirlinthewildwest.com/2012/06/wild-west-thursday.html

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  3. Those look fabulous! Great blog; happy I found you!

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