5 Minutes for Books: Kids’ Cakes from the Whimsical Bakehouse

by CarrieB

I admit it. I am a complete sucker for cake design books. Maybe it’s because I’m a wedding photographer, but cakes and cupcakes to me are art. I’ve just reviewed another book Celebrating Cupcakes and Muffins at 5 Minutes for Books. Please click through and read that review as well, because we all loved those recipes!

They might possibly be my favorite art form (somewhat regrettably) and whenever I see a cake design book I just HAVE to take a peek inside. I kid myself into thinking that it’s possible for me to create such awesome and wonderful cakes myself. A mommy can dream, right?

When offered a chance to browse through and review Kids’ Cakes from the Whimsical Bakehouse And Other Treats for Colorful Celebrations, I pounced upon it!

This book exceeded my expectations for charm, sheer brilliance and personal inspiration. Authors Liv Hansen and Kaye Hansen design amazing looking cakes. This book focuses on the fun you can have with children’s desserts. In the introduction Kaye says, “This book is for the kids and for the kid in us all. I know I am still a kid at heart and I think that deserves a party.” Amen and Amen! The rest of the book is shared genius, from tips to getting started, some icing recipes, fillings, the basics of cake assembly and patterns for you to following in designing and decorating the cakes which are pictured in this book.

Beyond that though they also provide party ideas focused on particular themes. For example: If you’d like to throw an “Enchanted Tea Party”, these Hansen women provide a recipe for “Pixie Play Dough”, a Woodland Fairies Cake, edible magic wands, tea cup cupcakes and more. (As a mother of boys, I looked through this section and my desire to have a girl next grew all the more stronger!) The ideas and designs in this book are fantastic!

I thoroughly enjoyed browsing this book and have several pages bookmarked for future use. I don’t know about you, but I’m the type that likes to glean information for both family parties and gatherings for friends. My son is a particular fan of sea life and there is a recipe and pattern design in this book for a Sand Castle Cake which I think we’re just going to have to make at some point this summer. In my opinion, cakes are not just for special occasions – they are for making occasions all the more special. Anything that helps prompt some creativity, is going to be favored in my sight. As I was able to gather some really awesome ideas for this summer and then further on down the road, Kids’ Cakes from the Whimsical Bakehouse is definitely favored.

I’m delighted to now have a copy of this book in my possession. I’m further delighted (just all aquiver, really!) to offer a giveaway copy to one of you. The Crown Publishing Group at Random House has offered one copy to one of our readers. This contest is open to U.S. Residents only.

Leave a comment if you’d like to win. The winner will be announced here in the 5 Minutes for Books column on Monday 7/19.

I hope that you will find this book to be just the inspiration you need to delight a small child – or a big one! – in a ‘whimsical’ way! Have fun!

The winner of the two books in From the White House to Your House is #26 – Linda Kish

The giveaway for Once Upon a Time in the Kitchen is still open here at 5 Minutes for Mom, so enter now!

Carrie enjoys cakes and cupcakes far more than she really should. She definitely enjoys reading books about these delicious desserts and blogs about them as infrequently as she possibly can over on her own book blog, Reading to Know.

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1 Marilyn (A Lot of Loves) July 5, 2010 at 3:28 am

I love cake decorating books. If they’re kid-themed then all the better. I really try to go all out for the kids’ b-days.


2 Lisa July 5, 2010 at 4:27 am

I’d love to win. I’m really into cake decorating.


3 Carolyn July 5, 2010 at 8:15 am

How fun! Count me in!


4 Jen July 5, 2010 at 9:19 am

I would love this! I just got a fabulous deal on a wilton cake decorating kit!


5 Jenifer July 5, 2010 at 10:15 am

I would love to win this book! I love all things cake and love new cook books! I want to read all about the Enchanted Tea Party too!


6 Benita July 5, 2010 at 3:19 pm

Would I ever love to win this. I’m crossing my fingers.



7 katklaw777 July 5, 2010 at 5:10 pm

What a fun book…thanks for the neat giveaway.


8 Ellen C. July 5, 2010 at 8:30 pm

I woulld absolutely love to win this book. thanks for the chance.


9 JULIE July 5, 2010 at 9:09 pm

I, too, love looking at cakes, and aspire to do well at it. What a book full of wonderful ideas!


10 Mom24 July 5, 2010 at 10:14 pm

Hmmm, could I actually do this? I don’t know, but I’d love the chance to find out. :)


11 Page Turner / Heather July 5, 2010 at 10:31 pm

This looks like lots of fun! I’d love to win, especially since my cake decorating skills need lots of help!


12 Hailey July 5, 2010 at 11:23 pm

I love a good cake decorating book! I need all the help I can get when it comes to pretty cakes. ;-)


13 Liz July 6, 2010 at 12:55 am

I just love any kind of cookbook, baking, kids food, etc. Sounds like a great one to add to my collection.


14 Amber S July 6, 2010 at 12:59 am

What a fun book – I would love to win, thanks for the chance :)


15 Debra July 6, 2010 at 5:27 am

OH, I have a little girl and would love to create some fun cakes!!! :-)


16 Melissa P. July 6, 2010 at 7:03 am

Oh I would definitely love to win this book. How cool!


17 Marj McClendon July 6, 2010 at 7:54 am

I have a stack of cake decorating books and am now eager to add anything with decorating cupcakes. I thank you for this chance.


18 Tracey July 6, 2010 at 9:37 am

I would love this book. My kids inspire me to go all out with cake decorating!


19 Jaimie K July 6, 2010 at 10:40 am

How fun! I ALMOST have 4 girls, ages 0-4 that would LOVE these cakes! Thanks.


20 LaVonne July 6, 2010 at 12:56 pm

This does look like such a cute book. Thanks for the chance to win!


21 Terra Heck July 6, 2010 at 6:04 pm

This would be a fun book to have to get ideas for cakes. Thanks.


22 Linda Kish July 6, 2010 at 7:35 pm

My DIL loves to decorate cakes. This would be great for her.


23 Shannon July 6, 2010 at 8:41 pm

I LOVE doing cakes! This book would be so helpful!


24 Sarah - PS Mom Reviews July 6, 2010 at 9:25 pm

This looks like a fun cookbook!


25 Staci A July 6, 2010 at 10:47 pm

I’m a sucker for cake books too. My son and I both love looking at them!


26 barb July 6, 2010 at 11:41 pm

You make this book sound so thrilling that I really want to win it! I love cook books of every type. directorylanesuperstoreATgmail.com


27 Alison S. July 7, 2010 at 10:15 am

One of my sisters is an award winning cake decorator. I bet she would love this book.


28 Dena July 7, 2010 at 3:06 pm

I would love to win this and try some of the cakes and cupcakes.
Thanks for the giveaway!


29 Samantha R July 7, 2010 at 5:42 pm

I would love to win this book to try some fun things for my little guy’s b-day coming up!


30 Ashley R July 7, 2010 at 6:13 pm

I’d LOVE to win this for my mom! Thanks for the chance!


31 Magi July 7, 2010 at 8:46 pm

My daughter (4) has really gotten into watching the cake shows with me. We also love making cupcakes together. This would be perfect.


32 Dee July 7, 2010 at 10:06 pm

This book looks fun! I would love to win this and try some with my daughter and granddaughters.


33 Adele July 9, 2010 at 2:22 pm

I would love to share a copy of this book with my grandson. We love cupcakes!


34 Mary-Frances C. July 9, 2010 at 2:47 pm

What a great giveaway! I just started baking and would love to win this.


35 juli July 10, 2010 at 7:28 pm

Looks fun! Thanks for the chance.


36 nan lara July 10, 2010 at 10:12 pm

i would love this
nannypanpan at sbcglobal.net


37 Mozi Esmes Mom July 11, 2010 at 1:54 am

We posted about this giveaway at Winning Readings: http://winningreadings.blogspot.com/2010/07/kids-cakes.html

And I’d love a chance to check out the book!

janemaritz at yahoo dot com


38 Beth C July 11, 2010 at 3:51 pm

I also love to look through decorating books. I just wish mine creations would turn out like the books – just once! Thanks for the chance to win this neat book.


39 Katie July 11, 2010 at 8:11 pm

Would love to win this – cake decorating is such fun!



40 debp July 12, 2010 at 5:25 am

I love cake decorating books. This one is really cute.


41 Christina July 13, 2010 at 4:07 pm

I love making cakes and would love some new inspiration!


42 Wendy Mahaney July 13, 2010 at 5:04 pm

I would love to win this book for my sister. She is a fabulous baker and would love this book.


43 abi July 14, 2010 at 7:02 pm

cool book. thanks
ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com


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