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Teens and Tweens

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Can’t decide what kind of cake to get your young teen or tween?  I actually don’t have an answer for you.  This is probably the most difficult age group to pick any kind of gift out for, let alone a cake, and I get a lot of orders from customers who simply give me age, gender, and leave the decoration entirely in my hands.  So, I thought I would share with you a few of the cakes I’ve made in the past to try and solve this age old problem.

First up is my paint splatter cake.  I have a dream to some day do this effect on a ganache cake using lots of neon colors, but for now I settle with a 7 inch carrot cake.  One of my favorite color combinations is hot pink and bright sky blue.  I like the vividness that speaks to the youth side and the simplicity that speaks to the adult side.

Next is a cake for a ten year old girl.  This is a difficult age because they tend to be at the end of their elementary school career, finding their own identity, but still retain that childish/imaginative mind set.  I combined bright neon colors with a fantastical butterfly theme, not to mention, the dash of crystal sugar because what girl doesn’t love a little sparkle?

This next one is for a boy.  Boys are a little more difficult in terms of design work.  Luckily, boys and men tend to be much less particular about their cakes.  Young boys are great to decorate for because you can do any number of adventurous scenes from outer space to knights of medieval times.  I did once have a 10 year old once ask me for black and red flames, but without specifications I usually just go with the fallback stars or swirls in reds, blues, and greens.

This last one was for a tween.  I started with my favorite pink and blue combination and added a touch of yellow like a sunset.  Stars and swirls add a little pizazz to the top to bring the theme together.

All in all, I consider this genre of cake decorating to be in a constant state of experimentation.  Every once in a while I flip through a random teen magazine for inspiration, but I don’t think even teens as a whole could tell you what they’re into.

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