Over the years I made plenty of novelty cakes for the boys birthdays, and sometimes for their friends. I have made them all - planes, boats, trains...even a hot hair balloon for one party.
If Kids Cakes from the Whimsical Bakehouse had arrived in my post box when my boys were tiny, I just know they would have wanted me to make the 3 D Fishbowl. Just one of some great ideas from Liv Hansen and Kaye Hansen, the mother daughter team behind the Whimsical Bakehouse books.
This particular book received mixed reviews on Amazon, one that it repeated much from their previous book. It was all new to me as it is the first of their books I've come across. The majority of my readers are from North America, so the fact metric measurements are not included won't bother them. Personally I'd like to see all recipes, in all cook books, in all measurements.
Not having any little kids around I got together with my son's fiancee (who also has no little ones around) and together we made the Magic wands, which she has shared with her work mates.
First make a sugar cookie dough
Roll out rested and chilled dough to 1/4 inch (61/2 mm) thickness. Cut star shapes with a cookie cutter.
Carefully place a skewer into star
Bake cookies and cool them to room temperature.
Prepare the royal icing
Cover cookie with a layer of royal icing and dip cookies into sanding sugar or other candy decorations. Keep the bowls of icing mixture covered with a damp cloth or plastic wrap to stop it hardening while not being used. Finish cookies by piping patterns around edges with royal icing. Tie a ribbon around skewer below the star.
.....they look just as pretty without the extra piping