Kids love to play with their food, and kids who are also foodies can give the idea a whole meaning. If you’re looking for a great kids food game for a birthday party try having a graffiti cake game.
I normally make every cake for every occasion for my family. This year, on my daughter’s eleventh birthday, we did things a little bit differently. When I asked my daughter how she wanted her cake decorated she said she wanted for her and her friends to decorate it themselves. She wanted to make a game of it.
I prepared the cake by baking it as a big, thin single layer sheet cake, so that there would be plenty of room for everyone to make their mark. Instead of decorating it as I normally would I simply put a crumb coating on it, then an extra 3/4 inch layer of white frosting to form edges and a nice level canvas for them to work on.
For the kids food game I prepared two piping bags of colored frosting and set out several different tips. I also put out easy writer food pens, pre-loaded cans of colored decorators icing, and colored food spray. The key was to give the kids several different cake decorating options, so they would have plenty of things to experiment with.
We began the game by letting each kid take a turn writing something on the cake with the food pens. Then they took turns piping the edges. After that they played in pairs, each team adding something new to the cake, with the next team having to figure out how to add to the design.
I’ve never heard so much laughing in my life. I have to admit that I was a bit pensive, because a few of the guests playing didn’t normally get along very well. I was very pleasantly surprised, however, how well they worked together and competed in a very sporting manner. One of the rules was that no team could destroy the work done by other teams, only add to the overall design. That meant each kid got to put their own personal touch on the cake, and everyone was happy.
The graffiti cake game turned out to be one of the best kids food games we’ve ever played. After it was all done, and they had set the candles on it, the song was sang, and the knife brought out, we had lots of fun looking at all the little surprises peeking out here and there. Smilie faces peered up at me from behind flowers and vines. “ReAnna was here!” sat nestled between something I think was a space ship and a cresting wave.
The best part of the graffiti cake game was that everyone got to eat the personal touch they’d added!
You don’t have to be a baker to set this kids food game up. Bakeries will happily make a blank cake, and most bakers will even help you choose which decorating options to set out. If you don’t find the decorating options you’re looking for in the baking section of your local grocery store, look in the party and wedding decorations section at stores like WalMart or Michael’s Crafts.