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Chocolate Volcano Cake with Dinosaurs: How to Make a Fun, Easy, Inexpensive, and Edible Centerpiece for a Kids Birthday Party!

Outsourcing your kid’s birthday party to a party center is fun and easy, until you get the bill. So you’re looking for an inexpensive alternative, but your kid keeps talking about gigantic inflatables, build-a-bear extravaganzas, and water parks. “What ever happened to musical chairs and pin-the-tail-on-the-donkey?” you ask. Your child looks up at you blankly. OK! You are determined to take a day-trip to the past. You’ll teach your child about real fun! You’ll throw that birthday party at home! But still, that nagging, “don’t want to disappoint my child” worry repeats in your head.  The solution? – Make the food fun!

Make the birthday cake an edible centerpiece – and even let it be an interactive toy!

“Right,” you smirk. But no, it’s not as hard as it looks – and it’s a whole lot cheaper!

For example, I have a 5-year-old who loves dinosaurs. Last year his birthday party had a dinosaur theme. This year it may again. But unlike last year, this year I’m prepared because yesterday I figured out how to make a chocolate volcano cake with erupting pudding lava into which plastic dinosaurs either fall or flee.

Here’s the picture. Click on ‘Continue reading…’ for the easy instructions.volcano-cake-1

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Dirt Cake and Edible Flowers – Dessert for a Garden Party or Children’s Nature Lesson

Hosting a garden party? Need to bring a dessert to the garden club meeting? Show your creativity knows no bounds, – in the kitchen AND the garden, you create beauty! And your beautiful creations taste good! Bring a delectable dirt cake decorated with flowers.

dirt-cake-1Or, perhaps you are teaching children about nature. Kids love to eat sweets. Pique their interest with dirt cake. This is what my mother-in-law, Connie, did last week with my children, Lauren (8) and Dave(5).

Connie re-created the dirt cake she had brought to her Rhode Island garden club’s spring meeting. Served from a clay garden pot and decorated with cut flowers, Connie’s dessert looked more like a centerpiece than a cake. When two elderly club members responded with nervous looks to her offer of dirt cake, Connie had to reassure them it was edible. They accepted her trowel-full with apprehensive politeness, but later smiled when they tasted it.

So here’s Connie’s recipe for dirt cake, along with pictures of the pot and flowers.

  • 1 8-oz pkg cream cheese
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 3-oz pkgs instant chocolate pudding
  • 3 cups milk
  • 1 8-oz container of Cool Whip
  • 1 large pkg Oreo Cookies
  • 1 chocolate cake, crumbled (optional)

Beat together the cream cheese, powdered sugar, butter, and vanilla. Combine the pudding with the milk, then mix into the cream cheese mixture. Fold in the Cool Whip. Crush the Oreo cookies, and for added texture, mix the cookie crumbs with the crumbled chocolate cake.

Spoon the cookie mixture into the bottom of a flower pot (preferably new and washed) so it makes approximately a 2″ bottom layer. Then spoon in some of the cream cheese mixture followed by a layer of the cookie mixture. Continue alternating layers of cream cheese and cookies, ending with a cookie layer on top.

Decorate with colorful gummy worms and cut flowers. For an added touch of authenticity, decorate with edible flowers, such as roses, nasturtiums, lilacs, and pansies. Serve with a garden trowel (preferably new and washed).

This no-bake cake may be frozen. Thaw 1 hour before serving. For another delicious dessert, try Connie’s recipe for carrot cake.

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