Glitter sponge cakes are a fun DIY toy you can make together with your kids, perfect for pretend play with cafes, mini bakeries or tea parties. These cute cakes were a DIY toy we made back in 2013, and they were so much fun I thought it was high time we re-shared them!
When my kids were preschoolers they were especially fond of pretend play involving cakes. Really, really fond of it. They would pull my high heels out of the cupboard (which was about all the wear they ever got), don one of my summer shirts as a glamorous dress and set up a “cafe” for me and the teddies.
I spent many hours being waited upon at their pretend play cafe. On the menu was fish, rock cakes, spaghetti and meatballs and always for desert there were some beautiful glitter sponge cakes. The sponge cakes they made themselves looked nothing like the ones I made, but they loved serving those up most of all. The money spent on sponges, glue and glitter was very well invested indeed for the amount of use they had out of them. I’m talking every single day for two or three years!
These photos are the original ones I took when we made them. I highly recommend doing this activity outside because kids + glitter = great big mess.
How to make glitter sponge cakes
You will need:
• Sponges in a variety of colours. I went overboard and bought too many, but it’s good to have a variety of thicknesses to create with
• Tacky craft glue – ordinary glue might not be strong enough
• Mini pom poms
• Felt in a few different colours
• This cake shape template
- Hold a template over a sponge and use to cut out the shapes. This part needs to be done by an adult, or older kids could probably manage it on their own. Do the same with the felt.
- Place the sponges, glitter, tacky craft glue and pom poms on a table and let the kids get to work.
- Glue layers of cake together and decorate with glitter or felt icing and mini pom poms.
- Allow to dry – this may take a while if the kids have used tons of glue.
What stunning creations, don’t you agree?
Now it’s time for tea…
I hope you have as much fun with this project as we did.
You might also like:
• Make some paper cookies to go with the cakes
• This bubbling brew was SO much fun
• Make some sponge boats with duct tape sails for water play
• This foil tiara craft is also great for pretend play
• Kids will love making their own whirling, twirling whirlygig