shapes and colors as you make this unique cake.
Patch Quilt Cake
- Ready-to-go unfrosted
8- or 9-inch square cake
- Vanilla frosting ingredients
or prepared frosting
- Option 1: DecoEdible
paper or rice paper (available at local craft or cake decorating
- Option 2: Colored frosting
for piping in tubes, decors, licorice string, coconut, chips, nuts,
- Recommended book for
children about quilts
- Quilt book with easy
nine-patch pattern examples using triangles and squares.
- A square blank paper
divided into 9 squares
- 2 ½ cups all -purpose
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 cup butter
- 8 tablespoons cold water
- 4 medium cooking apples
- ½ cup brown sugar
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 tablespoon chopped
- 1 tablespoon raisins
- 1 egg white, slightly
- Granulated sugar for
- Read together a recommended
children’s book about quilts. Show a picture of nine-patch
- Provide paper nine-patch
patterns. Have child imagine which squares will be patterned and
which will be blank to make a pattern. What do they want to design
on the patterned squares? They may want to simply color triangles
and squares to make a pattern.
- Spread a thin layer of
vanilla frosting over each square cake’s surface.
- Using decorator icing
or string licorice, divide into nine equal squares.
- Use the paper plan to
begin their quilt cake design. A child should be able to design
or color two or three squares of DecoEdible paper OR decorate the
squares as planned on the cake.
- Provide decors, frosting,
colored sugars, nuts, chips, coconut. Attach the decorated edible
paper with a fresh thin coat of icing.
ACTIVITY: Nine Patch Quilt Cake
Many people begin quilting with the nine-patch quilt. There’s
room for many different combinations of patterned and plain squares
Let’s create a quilt
on cake for starters!
- Bake one, 8- or 9-inch
square cake. (Use a favorite recipe or mix.)
- Frost the surface of
the cooled cake with a thin layer of frosting.
- Divide the cake with
piped frosting or licorice string into nine even squares.
- Create a Nine Patch
Quilt pattern on the surface of the cake.
sheet DecoEdible* paper into nine, 2 ½-inch squares. Using
edible paints or markers, create pictures and designs on the
OR Cut some of the squares into triangles and color these solid
colors. Arrange them in a geometric pattern (see quilt book for
Attach the edible paper pieces onto the cake with a fresh thin
layer of frosting.
||Use frosting, food-colored
coconut, decors and other edible pieces, to create patterns and
decorate the squares of your own nine-patch quilt!
Nine Patch Pattern
3 cups powdered sugar
1/3 cup butter or margarine, softened
1 ½ teaspoons vanilla flavoring
About 2 tablespoons milk
Mix powdered sugar and butter or
margarine. Stir in vanilla and milk. Beat until smooth and spreading
consistency. Divide and color for decorating, as desired.
Makes 1 1/8 cup (1 lb.) frosting
Betty Crocker’s 40th Edition cookbook, 1991.
FOR FAMILY FUN EXPLORATION:
- Discover the art medium
of quilts as part of American folk art.
- Develop a sense of creativity
with shapes and color.
- Explore using shapes
and colors to make variations of a quilt cake.
- Check out a book at
the library on quilts such as The Quilter’s Handbook. Edited
by Rosemary Wilkinson.
- Visit a local craft
store or local quilt guild to learn more about quilts.
- Check out other great
decorating tips at www.baking911.com
the conscious production
or arrangement of sounds, colors, forms, movements or other elements
in a manner that affects the sense of beauty
cause to exist; originate
for Reading Together
and the Blue Ribbon Quilt. Lisa Campbell Ernst.
The Quiltmaker’s Gift. Jeff Brumbeau
and Gail de Marcken.
Tar Beach. Faith Ringgold.