Luau Birthday Party Cake and Cupcake Ideas

Now that you have got some ideas for planning your Luau birthday party for the kids, time has come to think about the related cake you’re going to prepare for the birthday party.

In addition, you will surely want your Luau cake decorations to be the most beautiful your guests will ever see, particularly since you want the cake to be different than the one you make for celebrating a birthday with the family. Here are a few Luau birthday cake decorating ideas for you to try out.

First is making a decision on the kind of Luau birthday cake you’re going to prepare: I’d say that when it comes to birthday parties for kids, cupcakes are the best options as they allow the kids to take them into their hands and keep doing birthday activities. But of course, you may choose to make a gigantic cake for your guests.

 

Simple Luau Themed Cupcake Designs

 

luau party cupcake decorationsLuau being a Hawaiian tradition, all that is brightly colored is welcome as simple theme: orange, red, yellow, lavender, etc. like flowers ; light or turquoise blue like the ocean ; green like banana leaves… Your Luau birthday cake must be as bright as the Hawaiian sunlight!

Make use of food coloring gel or powder as they are more powerful than liquid food colorings. Use piping bags for cake decorations, to which you add decorating tips of your choice that will allow you to make nice icing shapes.

Regarding icing, you can choose to make it yourself at home (see recipe below) or to buy ready-made icing pot at your local store. The choice is yours.

A cupcake stand will look fantastic if you place a multitude cupcakes all coming in different colours so that you bring Hawaii to your table.

Simple Luau birthday cake designs include a coat of icing and a simple Luau themed cupcake pick.

Photo: Luau Party Cupcake Picks

 

 

Tiki Masks Cakes & Cupcakes Decorating

Edible Tiki Masks Cakes Cupcakes Decorations, 8 pieces

Lucks Dec-Ons Flip Flops Cupcakes Decorating

Lucks Dec-Ons Flip Flops cupcake decorations

Flamingos Re-Usable CupCake Pics

Flamingos Re-Usable CupCake Pics

Tiki Masks Cakes & Cupcakes Decorating

Edible Ocean Cakes Cupcakes Decorations, 16 pcs

Daisy Cakes Cupcakes Decorating

Daisy Cakes Cupcakes Decorating – 45 Pieces Total

Tiki Masks Cakes & Cupcakes Decorating

Flower Cakes Cupcakes

 

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Advanced Luau Themed Cupcake Designs

 

wilton 101 pices cupcake decorating setWhile icing is probably the hardest part of Luau birthday cupcake decorating, on condition that you test your icing skills on a few first cupcakes that you won’t present on the cupcake stand during the birthday party, you can become an icing pro in a very short amount of time.

(Photo: Wilton 101-pc. Decorating-Tool Set with Blue Caddy)

As you can see above, edible cupcake decorations are a very simple but wonderful way to present simple but attractive and appetizing cupcakes. Now you might want to present advanced Luau cupcake designs to your birthday party guests… Here a few tips to help you do this.

The best way to decorate your cupcakes is by using a pastry bag to which you add a metal tip. It’s one of the most important cupcake decorating tool and, while you can use it to write your child’s first name on cupcakes, it also allows you to make any decorating shape you like on your cupcakes: lines, shells, flowers, animals, objects, etc.

While you can prepare your frosting yourself – so that you can make it unique – the new rage in cupcake decorating is frosting in a tube. Stores provide a wide range of colors, tips and more. It is your choice that will determine how the cake will look of course.

Fondant decorating makes lovely cupcake and cake flat or 3-D decorations. The web is full of designs that you can simply copy and apply to your own cakes and cupcakes.

wilton icing setTip to make the most of your icing set: fill the pastry bag with few icing, twist the top and keep a steady pressure with one hand when piping the design while you use the other hand to guide the tip on the cupcake.

Cardboard comb allows you to apply special textures to your Luau birthday cupcakes and cakes. Cardboard comb is available in baking supply stores.

(Photo: Wilton Icing – Ready-to-Use – Tube – Blue & Yellow)

Cupcake tiers are cupcakes made from several layers: the bottom cupcake is the larger cupcake, then you place a smaller cupcake on the first one and if you want a third layer, you’re going to place a smaller cupcake on the second one, and so on. Layers are attached all together with frosting mixture. Tiered cupcakes allow you to not only mix different cupcake tastes but also create amazingly beautiful designs such as hats, miniature tiered cakes, cases, etc.

Pull-Apart cupcakes are cupcakes assembled into a specific form – there’s just one layer from which you can create any shape. Cupcakes are attached with frosting mixture and you can choose the form you want to give to your pull-apart cupcakes: whether a turtle, like in the video below or a butterfly; why not a flower?

 

 

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Basic Cupcake Recipe

 

Smart Planet MCM-1 Mini Cupcake MakerHow to make basic cupcake – ingredients:

  • 150 g or 5 oz softened butter
  • 150 g or 5 oz extra fine sugar
  • 175 g or 6 oz self raising flour
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tea spoon vanilla extract

Directions:

Once you made sure you pre-heat the oven to 180° (350°F), place cupcake papers in a pan especially made for baking cupcakes. Start the preparation by beating the 3 eggs in a bowl. Next, pour all ingredients in a larger container and beath them for a few minutes (till they look like a cream). Pour the mixture into each cupcake paper (2/3 of the cupcake paper actually) and place the cupcake pan in the oven for 20/25 minutes. Remove the cupcake pan from the oven and let cool for a while before taking the cupcakes out.

Note: only put the icing touch on cold cupcakes.

Photo: Smart Planet MCM-1 Mini Cupcake Maker

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Basic Chocolate Cupcake Recipe

 

assorted cupcake baking formsHow to make basic chocolate cupcake – ingredients:

  • 150 g or 5 oz softened butter
  • 150 g or 5 oz extra fine sugar
  • 175 g or 6 oz self raising flour
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 table spoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tea spoon vanilla extract

 

Directions:

Repeat the above recipe steps. Then beat the 3 eggs into a bowl. Take a larger bowl and beat all ingredients into this bowl (till they become like a cream). Pour the mixture into each individual cupcake paper you put in the cupcake pan and bake for +/- 20/25 minutes (check the cooking with a fork). Repeat the directions of above recipe for the rest.

Photo: SiliconeZone Set of 12 Assorted Mini Muffin-Cups

Cake frosting recipes

 

 

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How to Make Vanilla Frosting

 

AmeriColor Amerimist Air Brush Food ColorVanilla frosting recipe – ingredients:

 

  • 150 g or 5 oz softened butter
  • 250 g or 8 oz icing sugar
  • 1 table spoons vanilla extract
  • 2 table spoons (hot) water

Directions:

Beat butter and sugar all together in a bowl (you might want to use an electric beater for this task) then once the mixture looks good, add vanilla extract as well as 2 tablespoons hot water ; beat all ingredients with a beater untill it becomes a cream.

Photo: AmeriColor Amerimist Air Brush Food Color 4.5 Ounce Set, 12 Pack

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How to Make Chocolate Frosting

 

Chocolate frosting recipe – ingredients:

  • 150 g or 5 oz softened butter
  • 250 g or 8 oz icing sugar
  • 2 table spoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 table spoons (hot) water

 

Directions:

Mix cocoa powder and water all together. Once butter and sugar are beaten and smooth in another bowl, add the cocoa preparation and beat until the mixture becomes creamy.

 

Where to Find those Cupcake Decorations?

 

All these cupcake decorations are available in good baking supply stores as well as online stores. Take your time to select those you want to use for your own Luau birthday cupcakes and start decorating. Happy luau birthday party!

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