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Kids Birthday Cake Ideas – Gutter Cakes

The thing that gets me about kids birthday parties (and maybe because I have two 5 days apart so there isn’t a lot of breathing room) is that the cake itself costs a fortune. Especially if you decide to go for the heavily decorated kind that involves an abundance of royal icing drenched in lurid food colouring. And half the time you are left with a cake that has been picked at but not really enjoyed.
This year I put my foot down to the traditional cake and presented the kids with a ‘cake’ of a different kind. I have vowed never to look back.
This ‘gutter cake’ was an absolute hit with both my 5 and 10 year olds parties as you can see from the looks on their faces. At one point I asked if they were enjoying the cake and the 15 odd kids surrounding it couldn’t even look at me for fear of someone stealing their place.


Buy from a plumbing shop or your local Bunnings (Or look under your parents house) a piece of gutter and cut to the length you desire. Cut a base from heavy cardboard or use wood as I did if you are planning on it lasting a while.  Attach the base with a good strong glue and leave over night to settle.


I filled my gutter with jelly and icecream, whipped cream, cherries, chocolate finger biscuits and a few lollies. Sprinkle with 100’s and 1000’s and you are good to go. I prepared this while the kids were eating their dinner so it cut out the hours of cake prep before hand. We added candles of course, but as you can see in the pic the kids were not interested in blowing out candles and dove in while they were still lit! The little signs of success :)

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    Hey Bec…Hope you got some traffic from us today. Can I ask where you got the Gutter Cake idea from? Also, just reading your comments and hate to burst your bubble, but those strange complimentary ones are automatically generated spam and you should delete them. Your spam filter should be catching these. I am only saying because I can recognise spam (bullshit) at 20 paces after running my own site.

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      Hi Ana, thanks so much for the post today. I can’t tell if I got any traffic as the spam bulam seems to be dominating! I have only had this blog for a few weeks and am still learning so have no idea what to do to filter the spam other than manually. I think I need to see someone to sort out those types of things for me.
      Re the gutter cake: I remember having gutter cakes as a kid at parties. It was kind of a 70′s thing I guess :) And then saw on the www about a year ago. Only I can’t for the life of me remember the site. (But I do rememeber it being far more extravagant). So I made up my own much plainer version :) If you don’t mind me asking how did you hear about NZ Style Files? I thought noone other than the spammers had seen me. x Bec
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