Holiday Gift Giving Guide: This is a great present for children (and even adults) ages 6/7+.
My daughter, Bella, is so much like me it is scary. She shares my passion for baking and cake decorating but she is obviously challenged with using professional decorating tools at the mere age of 6. SmartLab Toys offers an amazing assortment of engaging toys that are both practical and educational. Their Cupcake Decorating Studio is an amazing set that allows children (or even adults) the opportunity to learn how to decorate cupcakes like the professionals with easy to use and safe versions of popular decorating supplies.
Included in the set is:
- A book to help you frost, decorate, and showcase your cakes
- 3 frosting tips: flat, star, round
- Stencil holder
- 4 precut stencils: sand dollar, snowflake, dragon face, bow
- 3 mini cutters: circle, flower, shell
- Cake comb
- Rolling pin
Review: My daughter's eyes lit up the minute I showed her the kit, "My own cake decorating set! Now I don't have to use yours!" The Cupcake Decorating Studio is designed for children ages 7+, but she has been decorating with me since she was 3 so she was easily able to use the tools. There are tools for both classic frostings as well as fondant. She absolutely loved the book which had some pretty impressive cupcake designs.
We made some buttercream frosting and I allowed her some creative freedom to decorate as she wished. The plastic froster was a lot easier for her to use than decorating bags. The only problem was she wanted to change the frosting colors several times which required cleaning out the tube and tips several times. She also loved having her own cake spatula. Overall, she did a really good job on her cupcakes and she absolutely loves the kit. She is already asking me when we can try to make some fondant cupcakes!
The price ($24.99) is well worth it given the sheer amount of products in the kit. They were all made of plastic, but they pieces are sturdy and I am fairly certain this kit will last a very long time. I would definitely recommend it and it gets my seal of approval!
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Buy it here: You can purchase the Cupcake Decorating Studio from SmartLab Toys for $24.99. Save 25% at smartlabtoys.com by entering BLOGDEAL1211 at checkout! (code expires December 31, 2011). This would make the Cupcake Decorating Studio less than $19...a screaming deal! You can also purchase the kit on Amazon.
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