Happy Birthday Maia! (& a Kid-Made Birthday Cake)

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Kid Made Birthday Cake

Happy Birthday to my darling Maia! She turned 7 today. 

We celebrated her birthday over the weekend with a beloved aunt, uncle, and cousin in town as well as a friend she has known since the first day of Toddler Art Group when they were both 12 months old.

One of Maia's big requests this year was a rainbow cake… And she wanted to bake and decorate it herself. Her other big request was for a giant rainbow slinky, but this post is about the cake.

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Maia and her sous chefs, Marlise and Daphne, took over the kitchen. 

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I was there to help with instructions, but the work of making the cake and the icing was done by the kids.

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They also iced the cake.

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And taste tested multiple times.

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Daphne and cousin Sophia waited for their turn.

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And then spread some icing on the cake themselves.

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Maia and Marlise took turns decorating the cake with some blue decorators icing. Marlise wrote Maia's name on top.

By the way, Marlise has (sadly for us) recently moved away. She was back in town over the weekend, but we won't see her very often anymore. 

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The name was obscured under generous swirls and circular embellishments, then M&Ms were added to the top. 

Note: You can see the buttercream icing a bit better in this photo. It was a failure (separating and curdling) and I blame myself rather than the kids. Oops. They thought it was amazing, though, as it still tasted good.

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Finally, sprinkles were added…

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…and seven candles put in.

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Maia, still wanting to do every step herself, lit the candles. (At least we got to sing Happy Birthday to her.)

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And took the first bite.

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The little ones enjoyed their little pieces.

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And the kids all seemed to think it was just about the best birthday cake ever.

In case you're wondering, we used the same recipe and technique as we did for the rainbow cupcakes last year (except for the different icing).

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    Amy
    August 27, 2012 at 8:26 am

    It is the best birthday cake ever! You have an ambitious daughter to tackle the rainbow cake.

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    Tamara
    August 27, 2012 at 8:31 am

    Wow! I think it’s definitely in the class of “one of the best birthday cakes ever”! I really love how it looks with all the sprinkles. I hope you keep posting about every day things with the girls. I mostly read homeschool blogs and it’s a really nice change of pace to see some sweet, loving, creative families who come home after a day of school. Thank you for sharing.

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    Lisa F.
    August 27, 2012 at 8:32 am

    Happy Birthday Maia! Great cake & decorating, fun for all. Wish my boy liked cake.

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    rachel
    August 27, 2012 at 8:50 am

    oh how fun! happy birthday maia!!! 7!!!
    i could hardly tell daphne and sophia apart in the first pic btw!!! harry and his bro have strong genes!

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    Lori N
    August 27, 2012 at 9:05 am

    I love it! Last year, both my guys wanted to help bake their cakes. They had so much fun, we did it again this year. My favorite part is watching them sit side by side, spatulas in hand, seriously discussing the frosting process. The cakes were not as pretty as Maia’s, but were thoroughly enjoyed by all. We all have so much fun that this is a tradition we will definitely keep.

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    Megan @ CoffeeCupsandCrayons
    August 27, 2012 at 9:49 am

    Homemade cakes are the best! So impressed with how it turned out! Happy birthday to Maia!

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    Amy Fields
    August 27, 2012 at 9:58 am

    Awww, that is so wonderful!!! Happy Birthday Maia!!

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    Rachelle | TinkerLab
    August 27, 2012 at 11:06 am

    Happy 7th birthday Maia!! The cake is beautiful!! Not only is this a lovely reminder of how capable children are, but of how involved they want to be in the real world.

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    Tracy R.
    August 27, 2012 at 12:20 pm

    What a wonderful cake! Sweet pics, too. Happy birthday, Maia!

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    Andie
    August 27, 2012 at 3:37 pm

    What a wonderful birthday. It is so special when you can do it yourself!

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    natalie
    August 27, 2012 at 4:49 pm

    you are one of the most awesome moms ever!!! thanks for the creative inspiration! happy birthday maia!!

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    Cathy James (@nurturestore)
    August 27, 2012 at 6:14 pm

    You really can never have too many sprinkles. Happy birthday Maia!

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    molly
    August 28, 2012 at 3:15 pm

    Happy Birthday Maia! And many more.

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    Holly
    August 28, 2012 at 4:36 pm

    Happy Birthday, Maia! I love the shot of the rainbow cake covered in icing, sprinkles, M&Ms, and candles. It looks delicious!

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    Make and Play
    August 28, 2012 at 6:39 pm

    Happy Birthday to Maia!!!!!!!!! All the best!

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    Liisa
    August 28, 2012 at 10:35 pm

    Happy Birthday to Maia!! Can’t wait to try this at our house, my daughters will go nuts for this cake! Thanks!

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    Mary
    August 29, 2012 at 7:38 am

    I love this post! It’s great to see what all the steps looked like when the kids made the cake.
    I can’t say often enough how much I appreciate a realistic look at your child-centered and -led projects. It can seem hard to make time for this stuff, but it’s so amazing when you do let the kids do things themselves.

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