Running around snapping pictures of our youth group connecting with the youth team visiting from Oregon yesterday, I somehow misplaced my camera case, with the camera cord. So, instead of the latest and greatest, I'll share a look back at our last birthday party - a very simple Poly Pocket party for C (age 6) in June.
When she asked for a Poly Pocket theme, I knew right away the old, standby, Barbie-type, bowl/skirt cake done in miniature, with individual cupcake sized cakes would be a perfect fit. My only problem was the only "pan" I could find in the right shape, and right size, was a non-oven safe, coffee mug. So, I started experimenting with microwave mug cakes. They won't win any pastry contests, to be sure, but they are quick and easy.
Once I found a recipe I liked, the rest was so simple.
Mix 1 and 1/2 tablespoons of regular cake mix (we used a "Funfetti" sort), with 1 and 1/2 tablespoons of angel food cake mix, 1 teaspoon of vanilla pudding mix, and 2 tablespoons of milk in a microwave safe mug (our variation of the the Duncan Hines 3-2-1 cake).
Microwave the batter in the mug for one minute, and let the cake cool for another minute before plopping it out, upside down, onto a plate, or in our case...
...a tinfoil covered cookie sheet.
Cut a small slit, with a knife, into the top of each cake, to insert the dolls. Freeze the cakes, dolls and all, for about an hour, to make them easier to frost...
And, a word of warning - food coloring does stain the plastic Polly Pocket clothing, so you might want to consider white frosting ribbons and bows for your favorite dolls, or plan to leave a gap between the doll and the colored frosting.
It's great to be a homeschooler.