the beenster had his fourth this week, and he wanted a wizard of oz cake! icing recipe is below, and it can easily be made vegan. the characters are based more on the graphic novel than the movie, but here's my attempt:
the base is a butterscotch cake, the ice-cream-cone cupcakes are chocolate puddle cake (ice-cream-cone cupcakes are the easiest for pre-schoolers to manage), and the entrance to the emerald city along with the characters are all made from sugar cookies. i used a cut-to-size box to prop up the entrance to the emerald city, and for the characters just made sure their legs were long enough to shove them right in. not bad for a last-minute cake, i think!
fluffy frosting recipe
1 cup milk (almond milk works too)
2 tbs cornstarch
1 cup butter or margarine
1 cup granulated sugar
cook milk and cornstarch over low heat, stirring constantly, until thickened. do not overcook. allow to cool at room temperature.
cream butter and sugar together. beat in cooled thickened milk (this is where i use my hand blender with whisk attachment). it's that simple! you can add flavouring, colour, etc. as well. really light and tasty!