Create-a-Cake

Kids will love designing their own birthday cake. Start with Food Network Magazine's Four-Layer Birthday Cake recipe and let the guest of honor choose the details.

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Photo By: Andrew Purcell

Photo By: Andrew Purcell

Photo By: Andrew Purcell

Photo By: Andrew Purcell

Photo By: Andrew Purcell

Photo By: Andrew Purcell

Photo By: Andrew Purcell

Rainbow

Divide the batter among 4 bowls; tint each one a different color. Pour into 4 pans.

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Ombre

Divide the batter among 4 bowls; tint in varying shades of the same color. Pour into 4 pans.

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Solid

Tint the batter 1 color only. Divide among 4 pans.

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Striped

Divide the batter between 2 bowls; tint each one a different color. Divide each color between 2 pans.

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Nonpareils

Use rainbow or single-color nonpareils; you'll need about 3/4 cup. Set your cake on a cake plate in the sink or on a large rimmed baking sheet to catch loose nonpareils.

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Coconut Ombre

Divide one 7-ounce bag coconut among 3 resealable plastic bags. Add an increasing number of drops of the same food coloring to each bag and shake.

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Mini Marshmallows

You'll need about one 10 1/2-ounce bag. For a multicolored look, use fruit-flavored mini marshmallows.

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Chocolate Rocks

You'll need about 3 cups. Find them at specialty candy stores or order online.

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