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

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.


  1. Liz says

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

  2. says

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

  3. says

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

  4. Beth C says

    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.

  5. Wendy Mahaney says

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


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