In honor of spring, we had a lamb day. Starting with a lamb cake. (Not a cake made out of lamb but a cake that looked like a lamb). Well, actually I made a lamb cake and Brodey made a bug cake. (Not a cake made out of bugs but a cake decorated with bugs, not real bugs – bugs made out of food)
I stole this lamb cake from the Kraft website.
Heat the oven to 350 while you prepare the cake.
Cover the bottom of 2 (9 inch) round cake pans with parchment paper then spray with cooking spray. You want the cakes to come right out of the pans later. Prepare the cake according to a Yellow Cake mix.
Stir in a 3 oz package of cherry Jell-o. Pour batter into the pans.
Bake 25 to 28 minutes until a toothpick inserted into the centers comes out clean.
While the cakes baked, we…ate breakfast….
…and watched a couple of frog videos.
The cakes have to cool in the pan for 15 minutes. When cooled, invert them onto wire racks, gently lift the pans from the cakes. Cool cakes completely.
While we waited for the cakes to cool, we made a lamb mask using cotton balls.
I was surprised what he could do with a cotton ball!
We cut the center of a paper plate (ours was pretty flimsy so we glued 2 plates together). Cotton balls were glued all around the plate and cut out ears glued to the sides. I glued a popsicle stick for the handle.
By now the cakes were cool so we frosted the tops and sides with thawed Cool Whip.
Note: the Kraft cake was a two layer cake but since Brodey wanted to decorate one himself we kept our layers separate and frosted them individually.
To make the lamb cake, cut a marshmallow in half and dip the cut sides in pink colored sugar. Press gently, one on each side, for the lambs ears. (see photo) Use a pink jelly bean as a nose and draw eyes and mouth with black decorating gel. Use marshmallows cut in half, for the rest of the lamb’s fur (see photo).
Brodey wanted to decorate his cake with bugs so I gave him marshmallows, Fruit Loops, and jelly beans to create caterpillars and chrysalis’ etc.
We made a lamb out of a handprint, you can see Brodey’s handprint cutout. (He asked me to put my hand down for him to trace after I traced his – while he was cutting it out he said, ‘You’re hand is so big Grams.”) I cant believe I forgot to take a picture of his finished lamb handprint but the thumb is the lamb head and the fingers are his legs. Cotton balls were glued to the body leaving head and legs bare.
Last of all, I had a lamb printout for Brinley to color.
Note: remember to keep an open mind about the activities you plan. Let the kids veer off and do their own thing with the supplies. They come up with great ideas and stay interested even longer when it’s their idea.