Menagerie Cookie Workshop and DIY Birthday Cake

I had the pleasure of hosting a fantastic birthday cookie workshop yesterday that included decorating a very fun birthday cake as the finale. Lucy, the birthday girl, decided on our animal menagerie theme for cookie decorating and narrowed it down to icing the elephant, the ostrich, the alligator and giraffe. Check out the fun we had…

Lucy decided on a menagerie theme for cookie decorating and narrowed it down to the elephant, the ostrich, the alligator and giraffe.

Once the girls watched me demo each cookie, they went on chatting about school and other fun stuff without missing a beat! It was really fun to ice with girls of this age- and they were really, really good at it!

Everyone did such an amazing job decorating. At the end of cookie decorating, a few of the girls decided to eat one of their cookies. It seemed like the ostrich was the most popular choice for eating on the spot. My guess is the extra allure of the coarse sanding sugar bird body!

Everyone did such an amazing job decorating. At the end of cookie decorating, a few of the girls decided to eat one of their cookies. It seemed like the ostrich was the most popular choice for eating on the spot. My guess is the extra allure of the coarse sanding sugar bird body!

Amazing icing work!

Amazing icing work!

Next up, time to decorate the cake. Lucy's Mom ordered a "naked cake" from a bakery nearby. I was thinking it looks gorgeous as is!

Next up, time to decorate the cake. Lucy’s Mom ordered a “naked cake” from a bakery nearby. I was thinking ‘it looks gorgeous as is’ but I knew we’d make it even more amazing.

After spreading a thin layer of cream cheese icing on top, the girls took turns adding grass to the top using my new favorite tip!

After spreading a thin layer of cream cheese icing on top, the girls took turns adding grass texture to the top using my new favorite tip!

All the girls did an amazing job adding grass icing.

All the girls did an amazing job adding grass icing.

While a few of us we were icing away, Lucy's Mom was showing the other girls how to roll fondant and make gumpaste flowers.

While a few of us we were icing grass, Lucy’s Mom was showing the other girls how to roll fondant and make gumpaste flowers.

The flowers looked so cute on the grass! The girls decided some of the flowers needed colorful centers so they added them with food doodlers.

Once the grass was all filled in, we added four cake topper cookies that I iced the night before so they would be dry. They added the flowers which looked so cute on the grass! The girls decided some of the flowers needed colorful centers so they added them with food doodlers.

Here's Lucy's Mom, Veronique, adding the finishing touches- long strips of ribbon with different textures to the cake sides. She made this look easy- even with a broken thumb!

Here’s Lucy’s Mom, Veronique, adding long strips of fondant ribbon with different textures to the cake sides. She made this look easy- even with a broken thumb!

The final delicious and adorable looking cake! I know it must have tasted even better considering all the love that went into making it!

The final delicious and adorable looking cake! I know it must have tasted even better considering all the fun that went into making it!

Everyone was full from eating cookies so they decided to save the cake cutting for after some sledding and other activities.

Everyone was full from eating cookies so they decided to save the cake cutting for later…

A couple of selfies and they were off!

A couple of selfies and they were off- on to the next adventure!

Happy Birthday, Lucy! I hope you enjoyed your cake. I certainly enjoyed working on it with you, your sisters, your Mom and friends! What a lovely afternoon- Life is Sweet! Xo Dani

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