For my daughters Charlie and the Chocolate Factory birthday party I searched the internet for cake ideas. I found one that I really liked and wanted to make my own version of it.
The cake was chocolate, I used my go to chocolate cake recipe from the cookbook Sticky, Chewy, Messy, Gooey: Desserts for the Serious Sweet Tooth. The cake is always moist and turns out perfectly.
I iced the cake with a chocolate buttercream. To get the green icing to look like grass I used icing tip 233. I really liked the way it turned out.
The decorations on the cake included multi coloured gum balls and lollipops. I made the chocolate pool at the bottom from a fudge coloured fondant. The toadstools, candy canes and her name were made from fondant as well. I had planned to use my Zing cutter to cut the fondant letters out, but I had a difficult time getting it to cut properly, (it was my first and probably only attempt to use it to cut fondant LOL). Instead I used the Zing to cut the letters out of box board and used the boxboard letters as a stencil and cut the fondant with a knife. It was very easy and not very time consuming to do, I would use this method again versus trying to use the Zing.
Usually for Georgia’s birthday I make a cake for her party with her friends and a second smaller cake for her family birthday dinner with her grandparents. I really enjoyed making this cake as well.
The party invitations for my daughter’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory birthday party were made to resemble the golden tickets from the story.
The tickets were tricky to make. I had difficulty finding just the right type of paper, gold with a shimmer but could also be used in an inkjet printer. Originally I was going to print them at Staples, but they didn’t have any paper that looked the way I wanted. The paper I used was found at an online paper company, Paper Garden. The two sided printing also took a bit of work to line up correctly, but in the end I was happy with the results.
I used Caramilk bars with the gold foil wrapper to hide the golden tickets in.
The wrappers for the chocolate bars were made in Adobe Illustrator. I used the original wrapper from the chocolate bar to get the measurements for the size I needed. I sent the file Staples to print the sheets and used my Zing to cut them out.
The invitations turned out better than expected. All but one of the golden tickets made it home with the kids. One of her friends was more excited about the chocolate bar. He gobbled it down and threw out the golden ticket LOL!
My daughter has been enjoying reading books written by Roald Dahl. One of her favourites is the classic Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Her 8th birthday was approaching so we decided to do a party based on the book. For the party favours we included a copy of the book, and treats inspired by the book.
I created labels with Make the Cut, sent them to be printed at Staples, and cut them out with my Klic N Kut Zing.
We also added labels to dollar store bubbles to create Fizzy Lifting Bubbles from the Willie Wonka movie.
All the goodies were put into a bag with each child’s name and were ready to hand out.