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Culinary Arts in the Homeschool: Enjoy Cake Decorating

Are you enjoying home economics in your homeschool? One of the benefits of homeschooling is having the time to teach your kids all the skills they will need to use after they leave the nest, and being able to make it a fun part of your homeschool day! Another great benefit is that your kids can focus on a home economics subject if it’s one of their passions, such as the culinary arts – including cake decorating.

cake decorating

Culinary Arts in the Homeschool:

Enjoy Cake Decorating

The culinary arts are a big hit with both my 18 year old son and my 13 year old daughter. My son has even been working in a kitchen for two years now. They each started helping me in the kitchen when they were toddlers and could cook simple meals by the time they were 6 years old. Many days, you can find my kids both singing and dancing to music in the kitchen while they cook homemade chicken nuggets and fries or beef stroganoff, or bake chocolate chip cookies or homemade brownies. I love moments like that – especially when I get to enjoy the fruits of their labour!

My daughter developed a particular interest in cake decorating, years ago. I’m no expert, but I love making fancy cakes for birthdays. Kids love piping frosting on cakes so we often allow guests to decorate their own cupcakes or collaboratively decorate a cake at her birthday parties.

At first, my daughter enjoyed simply baking cakes from scratch with me. Then she started to experiment with decorating them. A lot of her inspiration and information at first came from videos she watched through Always Icecream.

She started to get interested in making and decorating with fondant. I knew absolutely nothing about it, so we turned to Craftsy. There’s a great, free, step-by-step mini-course called Basic Fondant Techniques that has taught my daughter how to make fondant and use it to great effect! She has watched it countless times, and each time she wants to use one of the techniques, she watches the video while she works. My daughter has insisted on making her own birthday cakes for years now!

She made this dragon egg (nesting in the sand) cake for her dragon themed birthday party a few years ago:

Cake decorating

This cake is a masterpiece from a few years ago:

cake decorating

She also enjoys making fondant flowers:

cake decorating

And my daughter still loves having fun decorating with buttercream frosting as well. Here is a Pinky Pie (from My Little Pony) cake that she created freehand:

cake decorating

Craftsy offers a bunch of great, free mini-courses, many of them in the culinary arts, so be sure to check them out! And then, if your child loves them, they can move on to classes such as Advanced Fondant Techniques and The Art of Painted Cakes.

Does your child have an interest in the culinary arts? Do you have any fun ideas to share? Please let me know in the comments below!

If you’d like to see how other homeschoolers cover home economics and life skills in their homeschools, check out Add Life Skills to Your Homeschool at The Canadian Homeschooler.

Love, Luck &
Laughter,

Kimberly

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Please note: This article was originally published in October, 2014 and has been updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness.

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2014 Reader Favourites

2014 reader favouritesHappy New Year! 2014 is over. Can you believe it? It’s always interesting to see which posts were the most popular (had the most page views) over the course of a year. Knowing what you, my readers, love most helps me determine what to give you more of in 2015! I hope this post also helps you catch some posts you may enjoy and missed the first time around! Here are your favourite posts of the year!

2014 Reader Favourites

Number 1: Sewing a Frozen Elsa Costume (Part 1-3)

sewing a frozen elsa costume

Collectively, these three posts about the process of making an Elsa costume for my daughter’s dance solo, are the favourite post. There must have been a lot of little Elsas running around this year.

Number 2: Teaching Kids to Knit

teaching kids to knit
I love knitting and thoroughly enjoyed teaching my own kids to knit, starting when they were each about 4 years old. Here you will find some tips for getting your children started.

Number 3: Educational Board Games

educational board games
Board games are a big part of our homeschool and our lives in general. In my opinion, all board games are educational. Here you will find some of our favourites and what your kids can learn from them.

Number 4: Day in the Life Week 2014

day in the life
Here you will find out what a typical day is like in our homeschool, with one Gr. 11 and one Gr. 6 student this year.

Number 5: Not Back to School Day 2014

not back to school day 2014

We love to celebrate the first day of homeschool as a Not Back to School Day with other homeschoolers each year.

Number 6: Culinary Arts in the Homeschool – Cake Decorating

cake decorating
My 10 year old daughter has been heavily into cake decorating this year. I share what she’s been up to and a great resource to help with the culinary arts in your homeschool.

Number 7: Delay Formal Math?

Math
Delaying formal math is a surprising concept for some homeschoolers, but it has worked well for us. We waited until each of our kids were around Gr. 4 until we introduced a formal math curriculum. Read what we did instead and how it worked.

Number 8: Curriculum Week 2014

curriculum week

Every year we share what curricula we are using (or planning to use). Read about our 2014-2015 curriculum plan.

I hope you enjoyed Homeschooling in Nova Scotia in 2014! I’m looking forward to sharing in 2015. Did you have a favourite 2014 post? Have you made any New Year’s Resolutions for you or your homeschool? Please let me know in the comments below!

Love, Luck &
Laughter,

Kimberly