Host an icing party

Table decorationsWhy not try something new for Bake and Brew and hold an icing party? Hosting an icing party is easy and a great activity for the kids, just get your guests to use their creativity to decorate their own cakes. People could donate to take part and the creations can be sold afterwards.

You could hold one anywhere that suits you, from your kitchen to your local village hall before your usual coffee morning.

Recipe for a great icing party

  1. Take a generous helping of young people: your children or grandchildren, their friends and school mates, your friends, your neighbours, your colleagues or anyone else that enjoys cake; and invite them using our online editable invites.
  2. Decide on where and when is best to hold your icing party and get it pencilled in everyone's calendars.
  3. Source plain cupcakes by asking anyone you know who bakes. You could also try getting free donations from your local bakery. 
  4. Decorate the venue using posters, bunting, balloons and cupcake stands which you can download or order for free.
  5. Get all your decorations and tools ready including icing, sprinkles, sweets, piping bags or even edible glitter.
  6. Have fun coming up with weird and wonderful creations. We have created a guide that is full of top tips on how to ice cakes. 
  7. Sell your yummy delights to parents, guests or the wider community – everyone loves cake, especially one-off designs.
  8. Send in your valuable donations and thank everyone who helped.

Top tips for a great icing party

  • Consider asking people to make a donation to attend
  • Hold a competition for the best decorated cupcake - £1 to enter!
  • Keep an eye out for things to use to decorate cakes – we found breakfast cereal and pick 'n' mix were great value options.
  • Invite the local youth group or Sunday school along to join in the fun
  • Play games such as ‘pin the cherry on the cupcake’ or hold a cake themed quiz
  • Teach children the value of fundraising and get them involved in the planning, promotion and selling of cakes.
  • Can’t bake? Buy plain cupcakes and ready-made icing from your local supermarket.