September 20, 2010

TGIM: Monday Book Giveaway: Kids' Cakes from the Whimsical Bakehouse

Congrats to last week's book giveaway winner Amanda! I will get your copy of Creative Crochet Jewelry out to you soon! This week I have another book to giveaway to celebrate Back to School September!  You are in for a real treat with today's book...

A couple of months ago, I received a copy of  Kids' Cakes from the Whimsical Bakehouse: And Other Treats for Colorful Celebrations by Liv Hansen & Kaye Hansen.  It has taken me quite a while to review it, not only because I have been busy, but also because I keep coming back to this delicious book to take another peek at the eye candy within.  The authors have gathered a collection of exceptionally fun cakes and treats that any kid (or adult) would be in awe of... and they give you the step by step recipes and techniques to make them yourself!

When I was first asked to review this book, I thought they would be cakes that kids could make.  That's not really true, as these creations are very detailed and elaborate.  They really are for more of an advanced baker or decorator, although the instructions sound effortless and made me (a beginner with baking) want to pick up a pastry bag and get started.  The book does go to great lengths to find parts of the process that kids can help with, in the *Kids Can* sections.

Some of my favorite recipes are the marshmallow fondant, the root beer cake, the funnel cakes, and the whoopie pies.  These all sound really delicious and offer nice variations on dessert options. There are many really fun and colorful cakes for boys and girls..something for every flavor and design taste.  The photographs of all the colorful treats are lush and crisp, and the elaborate piping instructions make it look very easy to create the distinctive cartoon-like look that the authors specialize in. One of the more interesting projects are the fishbowls filled with colored "water" gelatin with chocolate decorated fish and seaweed floating in them.  This is just one of the many fun themes such as fairies, monsters, zoo animals, and other images that any kid would absolutely adore.

I have one free copy of Kids' Cakes from the Whimsical Bakehouse to giveaway to one random commenter on today's post!  To enter to win, tell me what your favorite after school treats were for yourself or to make for your children.

I will choose a winner Friday, September 24th, when I will have another great book to give away!  Check back next week to see if you have won.

*FTC compliance disclosure: the book mentioned in this post was provided as a promotional gift for review or design purposes from Clarkson Potter/Potter Style/Three Rivers Press, a division of Random House.

Melanie is an artist, blogger, writer, and ceramic beadmaker at Earthenwood Studio. Her beads and components can be found at her Etsy shop and her jewelry can be found in her Etsy Galleria. To comment on this post, visit the original post at the Earthenwood Studio Chronicles Blog.


  1. When I was a kid my favorite after school treat was Cotton Candy ice cream. My parents would buy small tubs of the hershey's kind from the store and have it in the freezer for when I came home:)
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  2. Hot out of the oven cookies are the best snack!

  3. Freshly made Rice Crispy Treats when I was a kid. My kid prefers apples or granola bars.

  4. There wasn't much money when I was a kid so if there was a treat after school it would have been jam and fresh bread, yum. My GD loved to have cupcakes and milk when she came home from school.

  5. If I had to pick just one favorite after school treat it would be the applesauce cookies my Mom made. She was the best baker!!


  6. What a fun book!

    Hmm . . . I used to make all sorts of crazy after-school treats for myself. I don't remember exactly, but probably some awful combination of Wonder bread, peanut butter, coconut, brown sugar, Cheerios . . .