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The final 45 minutes or so will be devoted to refreshments and
opening the presents, which to most kids, is what the party is all
about! Just remember, keep the menu simple.
A great majority of people order birthday cakes from bakeries
and ice cream stores. With all the other planning and details to
attend to, who can blame them? But there are still those diehards
out there who insist on home-made (even if it comes from a box of
Betty Crocker), and I'm one of 'em. Make sure to get input from
the birthday child first - they usually have very clever ideas for
cake design and decoration.
Cake mixes these days are easy and taste great, but if you
really want to go for a "from scratch" cake, try this favorite
(from Let's Make A Memory by Gloria Gaither & Shirley Dobson, c.
1983, Word, Inc., Dallas, Texas. Used with permission.):
RED RASPBERRY BIRTHDAY CAKE
1 Pkg. white cake mix
2 Tablespoons of flour
1 red raspberry Jell-O, regular size
1/2 cup water
1 cup vegetable oil
1 10-oz. pkg. frozen red raspberries, divided
1 box confectioner's sugar
1 stick margarine or butter
Mix together the dry cake mix, flour, and raspberry
Jello-O. Combine the water and vegetable oil and add to
the dry mixture. Add the four eggs one at a time, mixing
well. Stir in half the frozen red raspberries.
HINT: Cut block of raspberries in half while still
frozen so that exactly half can be saved for icing.
Pour batter into three greased and floured 8" layer cake
pans. Bake at 325 degrees for 20 minutes or until cake
feels bouncy in the center.
For icing, combine the softened butter or margarine,
confectioner's sugar, and reserved half of the
raspberries, thawed. Mix together with electric mixer.
Spread on cooled cake.
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MARSHMALLOW BROWNIE CAKE
2 cups sugar 4 eggs
1/3 cup cocoa 1-1/2 cups flour
1 cup margarine or butter 1 cup chopped pecans or walnuts
1 pkg. miniature marshmallows
Mix sugar and cocoa; cream together with softened
margarine. Add eggs, flour and nuts. Beat well. Pour
mixture into 9"x13" greased pan. Bake at 350 degrees for
30 minutes. While hot and still in pan, cover cake with
1 package of miniature marshmallows, then top with the
For frosting, blend together:
1 box powdered sugar
1/3 cup cocoa
1/2 stick melted butter or margarine
1/3 cup evaporated milk (or more as needed for consistency)
1/2 tsp. vanilla
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We recently attended a "bring your own sack lunch" party in
the local park that features train rides. The host parents
arranged for all day group rate train rides. Those four and five
year olds took advantage of it to the max! They returned to the
party area for ice cream, cake and presents.
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1 46-oz. can pineapple juice
2 6-oz. cans frozen orange juice, reconstituted
1 6-oz. can frozen lemonade, reconstituted
2 large bottles gingerale
Mix then freeze first three ingredients in clean plastic
milk containers. Two hours before party, place
containers on counter to thaw. Mix in large punch bowl
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When you order the Registered Version of CREATIVE PARTIES FOR
KIDS, you'll also receive the chapter entitled "HOW'D YA DO THAT?",
which includes easy, step-by-step cake sculpting instructions!
You'll learn how, with a few creative slices of a knife, you can
turn simple round, square, and rectangular shaped cakes into a
variety of wonderful animals, characters, number or initials -
without buying expensive pans to boot!
In addition, the Registered Version contains "from scratch"
cake, punch and treat recipes . . . including a sugar-free cake &
icing recipe !
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