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I’m always looking for fun, out of the ordinary things to do with Adeline. You know, mommy-daughter activities that feel special for her, and give us some extra quality time together. She lights up when it’s all about her, and even though she loves doing things as a family, I know she still craves for the attention to be just on her. So recently, when Stencil Revolution reached out to me asking if I’d be interested in trying out their stencils, the first thing I did was look to see if there was one that Adeline would enjoy. I don’t write a craft blog, or a DIY blog, or even a foodie blog, but I do write a blog based on motherhood, and my life as it happens, as honestly as possible. And a part of my life right now is also just about spending quality time with my kids, doing the most random, but meaningful things.
Stencil Revolution is a small company based out of Florida that, you guessed it, makes high quality stencils! I almost kindly turned down their offer, but thought it might be the perfect opportunity to get creative, and educational. (Be on the lookout for post #2 with a different stencil soon! Hint: abcdefg…) I scanned through their selection and immediately landed on a UNICORN HEAD STENCIL! YAAASSSS it could not be more perfect for Adeline. She’s all about unicorns right now, and I kind of love it! It’s such a fun, magical stage, and she’s already asking for “a unicorn party when she’s four and a big kid.” It’s fine, I’m not already freaking out about her turning four this year or anything…
So, fast forward, and we received our unicorn stencil and I started brainstorming ways for Adeline to play with it that were outside of the sphere of just coloring or tracing it. And then, bingo, it hit me. Let’s bake a cake! And bake a cake we did. And was it kind of a fail? Yes, not gonna lie. It did not turn out 100% like I had envisioned. But did we have fun? Yes. Did Adeline talk about it all week? Yes. Did she learn how to make a cake and homemade buttercream frosting? Yes. Did she learn that what matters most is trying something new? Yes. Did she learn that sometimes our perfect plans don’t always work out? Yes. And did Mom learn to give up a little control? Sure did. (Holy sprinkle mess!) We had a blast focusing on our “special project” for two nights together, and she was so proud of it upon completion.
Here’s how it all went down.
First, we assembled our cake. We stuck with a basic white box cake, and make two 8″ rounds. Adeline helped pour everything into the mixing bowl, then she helped mix it all together.
We baked our cakes, and set them aside until the next evening after dinner.
Next, we whipped up our buttercream frosting. This was Adeline’s favorite part, for obvious reasons. 1. The messy fun that is powdered sugar and 2. The tasty treat that is buttercream frosting!
Anytime we get a chance to let Adeline help us out with the stand mixer, we take advantage of it. It’s such a great way to get her involved with cooking, and she loves sitting on the counter watching the mixer spin.
We made a basic vanilla buttercream, taste tested to perfection. If you’ve never made homemade buttercream for topping not-homemade cakes or cupcakes, it’s the BEST way to step things up a notch!
While I got started working on frosting the cake, Adeline worked on eating way too much buttercream.
Once we got the cake frosted, we got ready to use our stencil. The Unicorn Head stencil fit almost perfectly on top of our 8″ cake. Our plan was to gently place the stencil on top of the cake, and fill in the stencil with pink glitter sprinkles. If you’re wondering how easy this was – it wasn’t! Our countertop looked like a jar of pink sprinkles exploded. Ha!
Here’s how it turned out.
So, it’s not perfect, or the prettiest cake I’ve ever made, and you kind of have to squint your eye and close the other, but Adeline LOVED it. And the dang thing tasted DELICIOUS. Grace not perfection, amiright?
Moral of the story, filling in a stencil with pink glitter sprinkles, is quite difficult. But baking a cake with your 3 year old daughter, is super fun!
If you’re looking for a stencil, for whatever project you might have in mind, be sure to check out Stencil Revolution. Their selection is amazing, and they are so friendly, and responsive. I’ll be sharing another fun stencil activity soon, but don’t worry, no baking was involved!