Previously we shared the planning of our daughter’s Alice in Wonderland themed birthday party. If you missed it, please click here.
One of my favorite things to do for my kids’s birthday parties is to create a fun cake and a beautiful dessert table.
For the first time I really had time to plan ahead all the details. There was just one problem, the whole time I had a feeling that something could destroy all my planning.
If you have a 6 year old at home you are probably guessing it right. I had the feeling that sooner or later she was going to change her mind about the theme and ruin all my ideas.
OMG why do they have to change the theme of their party almost every week???
I guess the fact that she was so involved in every single detail of the party really helped her to stick with Alice’s theme!
My friend from Fêtes de Jardin was in charge of the décor and she did an amazing job!
For the dessert table we used a standard six-foot-long folding table that we already had with a black and white tablecloth placed over it. To display the snacks, we used our barbeque, we covered the grill with a table cloth and placed the trays on it.
We made a platter with cheese, pistachios, peanut, pretzel, some veggies (cucumber, brocoli, bell peppers and tomates) and some fruits (cantaloup, strawberry and grapes). We also had popcorn (the birthday girl’s favourite snack) and some hotdogs.
Now let’s get into the fun stuff, the actual Alice in Wonderland themed treats! Stick with me here, because I’m going to take you one by one through them all.
First, let’s start with the cake! The cake is a chocolate cake filled with creamy dark chocolate ganache and frosted with buttercream. We started the prep for the cake 2 weeks in advance and this was very important in order to give all the decorations and the figurine enough time to dry. Alice helped with the easier things, such as cutting the dots for the mushrooms.
To make the vintage key we mixed fondant with CMC to help in the drying process. I always add CMC to fondant whenever I’m doing a figurine or any decoration that needs to be very dry and solid. When the keys were already dried Alice painted them in gold, using edible gold dust. Once the painted keys were dry we stored them in a small cardboard box. Important!! Keep it in mind that you should store fondant decorations in a dark container away from sunlight and humidity.
For the simpler flowers (the pink ones) we used a plunger cutter. And the best part is the kids can do this task with almost no supervision.
For the red roses, we cut the petals with a special cutter and right away assembled all together to make the rose. The trick is to assemble each rose as you cut the petals because the gumpaste will still be flexible and wont break so easily.
These roses are incredibly easy to make and they will take your cakes and cupcakes to a higher level. So, please comment in this post if you would be interested in a gumpaste flower tutorial.
We did not use any cutter or mold for the mushrooms, the clock, the door, the fence or for Alice’s figurine.
Next we had Arabesque cakepops – They are chocolate flavoured and they are so easy to make. Firstly I mixed some leftover cake with brigadeiro (you can also use ganache, dulce de leche or buttercream). Secondly, I rolled them into balls. Then I gave a coat of blue chocolate and added a black fondant bow, just like Alice’s.
Next we had macarons. I needed a few different colours and very little quantity of each. There’s just one problem, it would take forever to bake all the colours I wanted. So, in an effort to save time (and stress) I purchased them at Costco. It was definitely a huge time saver; it comes in 6 different colours and flavours and they taste delicious.
To keep the Brazilian tradition alive, we could not leave the brigadeiros out! Alice and her brother are always volunteering and happy to help with the brigadeiros.
I can almost hear you thinking that it is a crazy idea to let the kids near the chocolate. Yes! They will make a mess and they will eat a few brigadeiros (Sugar Rush!!!). But let’s say it is only for quality control!
If you want to learn how to make the most amazing brigadeiro, click here.
The cookies were simple vanilla butter cookies. We cut them into 3 different shapes, a round one for the clock, and 2 different vintage plaques, one we used for the keyhole and the other we used to write “eat me” on it. The good thing about an Alice in Wonderland Party is that everything that you add “Eat me” will match the theme!!
I decided to make these cute solid painted chocolates after I found an old tea party themed silicon chocolate mold. And I’m really happy that they matched the Alice in Wonderland party theme after all.
If you have any questions, please reach out! I will be more than happy to answer!
Don’t forget to visit the first part of this post.