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Homemade Toy Food Cakes for Kids Kitchens

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It's easy to make homemade toy food cakes for kids kitchens using old food tins, sponges, and basic craft supplies. Learn how to make toy food cakes for hours of imaginative play. 

A toy kitchen is one of those standard toys that will last for years of imaginative play. But sometimes the plastic food that comes with the kitchen is rather dull and boring.  Making bright colorful toy food for a play kitchen is easy, and fun, to do. 

Homemade Toy Food Cakes

for Kids Kitchens

Below we have instructions for making a cheesecake, a round cake, a square cake and 4 different types of cake slices. The cheesecake, round cake and square cakes are made with tins. The cake slices are made with sponges. Have fun creating and use these as a guide to make your own variations of toy food cakes. 

 

Homemade Toy Food Cakes Materials:

Various Shaped Cookie Tins – you can find these during the holidays and at stores like Ross or TJ Maxx or the grocery store. Thrift stores are another great place to find old tins. 

We used the following sizes for the different toy cakes, but any size will work:

  • Cherry Cheesecake Tin 6.5″ diameter x 1.5″ high
  • Rainbow Color Cake 5″ diameter x 2.5″ high
  • Square Cake Tin 4″ wide x 3.5″ tall

Felt
Sponges measured 3.5″ x 2.25″ with a different colored scrubber on one side
Scissors
Flexible tape measure or ruler
Hot Glue & Hot Glue Gun
Pencil
Marker
Puffy Paint
Pom Poms

Toy Food Cheesecake 

Toy Cheesecake Materials:

  • Round Tin
  • Light Tan Felt
  • Ivory/Off White Felt
  • Red Felt
  • Red Pom Poms
  • Scissors
  • Flexible Tape Measure
  • Hot Glue and Hot Glue Gun

Toy Cheesecake Directions:

Measure the tin height and diameter. This tin measured 1-1/2″ high and 6″ in diameter but you can make any size cheesecake you like based on your tin. Cut a piece of cream or ivory colored felt to cover the top of the tin. Attach to the tin with hot glue.

Cut the light tan felt twice as high as the tin (3″ in this case) and long enough to wrap around the tin. Use hot glue to glue the felt to the bottom of the tin.

Once it's glued to the bottom, tuck the felt under, but leaving about 1/2″ above the tin to make the crust. Glue the crust in place.

Cut a red piece of felt about 5″ in diameter and cut the edges so they are irregular and resemble cherry pie filling. Glue to the top of the cream colored felt.

Add red pom poms to the top of the red with hot glue to look like cherries.

Yield: 1 Cheesecake

Homemade Toy Food Cheesecake

Homemade Toy Food Cheesecake
Use an old empty tin, felt and pom poms to create an adorable toy food cheesecake for a kids kitchen set.

Materials

  • Round Tin
  • Light Tan Felt
  • Ivory/Off White Felt
  • Red Felt
  • Red Pom Poms

Tools

  • Scissors
  • Flexible Tape Measure
  • Hot Glue and Hot Glue Gun

Instructions

  1. Measure the tin height and diameter. This tin measured 1-1/2″ high and 6″ in diameter but you can make any size cheesecake you like based on your tin.
  2. Cut a piece of cream or ivory colored felt to cover the top of the tin. Attach to the tin with hot glue.
  3. Cut the light tan felt twice as high as the tin (3″ in this case) and long enough to wrap around the tin. Use hot glue to glue the felt to the bottom of the tin.
  4. Once it's glued to the bottom, tuck the felt under, but leaving about 1/2″ above the tin to make the crust. Glue the crust in place.
  5. Cut a red piece of felt about 5″ in diameter and cut the edges so they are irregular and resemble cherry pie filling. Glue to the top of the cream colored felt.
  6. Add red pom poms to the top of the red with hot glue to look like cherries.

Square Cake Toy Food 

Square Cake Materials:

  • Square Tin – we used a tin from a men's belt
  • Dark Brown Felt
  • Purple Felt
  • White Puffy Paint
  • Red Pom Poms
  • Scissors
  • Hot Glue and Hot Glue Gun

Square Cake Directions 

 

Measure your tin and cut dark brown felt to fit around the tin. You may need to piece together your felt if it isn't long enough. Affix to the tin with hot glue.

Place the tin, top side down onto a piece of purple felt. Cut the felt 1″ larger than the top.

Scallop the edges of the purple felt frosting with scissors.

Use hot glue to attach the purple to the top of the square tin with hot glue. Fold the edges down and attach with hot glue.

Place red pom poms on the top of the cake to make a cherry. Attach with hot glue.

Use puffy paint to add some “icing decorations” to the felt and let dry completely.

Yield: 1 Square Cake

DIY Square Cake Toy Food

DIY Square Cake Toy Food
Use a square tin or box, felt, pom poms and puffy paint to make this cute DIY Toy Food Cake.

Materials

  • Square Tin - we used a tin from a men's belt
  • Dark Brown Felt
  • Purple Felt
  • White Puffy Paint
  • Red Pom Poms

Tools

  • Scissors
  • Hot Glue and Hot Glue Gun

Instructions

  1. Measure your tin and cut dark brown felt to fit around the tin. You may need to piece together your felt if it isn't long enough. Affix to the tin with hot glue.
  2. Place the tin, top side down onto a piece of purple felt. Cut the felt 1″ larger than the top.
  3. Scallop the edges of the purple felt frosting with scissors.
  4. Use hot glue to attach the purple to the top of the square tin with hot glue. Fold the edges down and attach with hot glue.
  5. Place red pom poms on the top of the cake to make a cherry. Attach with hot glue.
  6. Use puffy paint to add some “icing decorations” to the felt and let dry completely.

Rainbow Round Cake Toy Food 

Rainbow Round Cake Materials

  • Yellow Felt
  • Blue Felt
  • Rainbow Polka Dot Felt (if you can't find this use stripes, chevron, etc)
  • Rainbow Pom Poms
  • Hot Glue and Hot Glue Gun
  • Scissors
  • White Puffy Paint
  • Pencil
  • Empty K cup or small Lid for a template

Rainbow Round Cake Directions

Trace the round top of the tin on the rainbow felt. Cut out with scissors and affix to the top of the lid with hot glue.

Measure your tin and cut yellow felt to fit around the tin. A measuring tape works well to measure the round tins. Attach the felt around the edges of the tin with hot glue.

Add colorful pom poms to the top of the cake with hot glue.

Trace circles on blue felt using K cup rounds or another small round cups as a guide and cut out.

Cut each circle in half and glue onto both the top and bottom edge of the cake with hot glue.

Add icing decorations with white puffy paint. Let dry completely.

Yield: 1 Rainbow Birthday Cake

Homemade Toy Food Birthday Cake

Homemade Toy Food Birthday Cake
Use felt, pom poms and puffy paint along with an old tin to create a colorful toy food birthday cake.

Materials

  • Yellow Felt
  • Blue Felt
  • Rainbow Polka Dot Felt (if you can't find this use stripes, chevron, etc)
  • Rainbow Pom Poms

Tools

  • Hot Glue and Hot Glue Gun
  • Scissors
  • White Puffy Paint
  • Pencil
  • Empty K cup or small Lid for a template

Instructions

  1. Trace the round top of the tin on the rainbow felt. Cut out with scissors and affix to the top of the lid with hot glue.
  2. Measure your tin and cut yellow felt to fit around the tin. A measuring tape works well to measure the round tins. Attach the felt around the edges of the tin with hot glue.
  3. Add colorful pom poms to the top of the cake with hot glue.
  4. Trace circles on blue felt using K cup rounds or another small round cups as a guide and cut out.
  5. Cut each circle in half and glue onto both the top and bottom edge of the cake with hot glue.
  6. Add icing decorations with white puffy paint. Let dry completely.

Cake Slice Toy Food 

 

There are 4 different flavors of cake slices: birthday cake,  orange, chocolate mint, strawberry or cherry. Each one uses the same basic materials and shape. You will use different color sponge and felt for each flavor. 

Cake Slice Toy Food Materials

  • Sponges – each cake uses 1 sponge; change the color for different flavors; use sponges with a scrubby side for added color and texture
  • Colorful Felt
  • White puffy paint
  • Hot Glue and Hot Glue Gun
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Ruler

Basic Cake Slice Directions

Draw lines with a ruler on the sponge and cut with scissors into a triangle shape.

Stack the two sponge pieces together to make a triangle.

Put hot glue on one of the two sponge triangles.

Gently glue the other triangle on top. 

To add icing to the cake slice, place your cake on a piece of felt and trace around the triangle.

Then tip it up to the back side of the cake and continue to trace so you have a piece of felt that wraps around the back and top of the cake.

Cut out the felt icing and attach to the piece of cake sponges with hot glue.

Yield: 1 Cake Slice per Sponge

Homemade Toy Food Cakes for Kids Kitchens

Homemade Toy Food Cakes for Kids Kitchens
Use a kitchen sponge and felt to make 4 different flavors of toy food cake slices.

Materials

  • Sponges – each cake uses 1 sponge; change the color for different flavors; use sponges with a scrubby side for added color and texture
  • Colorful Felt
  • White puffy paint

Tools

  • Hot Glue and Hot Glue Gun
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Ruler

Instructions

  1. Draw lines with a ruler on the sponge and cut with scissors into a triangle shape.
  2. Stack the two sponge pieces together to make a triangle.
  3. Put hot glue on one of the two sponge triangles. Gently glue the other triangle on top. 
  4. To add icing to the cake slice, place your cake on a piece of felt and trace around the triangle.
  5. Then tip it up to the back side of the cake and continue to trace so you have a piece of felt that wraps around the back and top of the cake.
  6. Cut out the felt icing and attach to the piece of cake sponges with hot glue.

Notes

There are 4 different flavors of cake slices: birthday cake, orange, chocolate mint, strawberry or cherry. Each one uses the same basic materials and shape. You will use different color sponge and felt for each flavor. 

To Make the orange cake slice :

Use an orange sponge to make the cake as directed in the Cake Slice Directions.

Cover the cake with ivory felt as icing. Attach with hot glue.

Cut small strips of felt and fold in half and glue with hot glue to create loop icing designs.

Glue The felt loops to the top and bottom of the outside edge of the slice cake.

Use dark orange felt to cut out an half circle. Cut out 4-5 small triangles from a lighter orange or peach piece of felt for the orange slices. Use hot glue to attach to the cake.  Use leftover orange felt scraps to cut out a small strip of scalloped felt and glue next to the ivory loops. 

To make the chocolate mint cake slice:

 

Use a green sponge to make the cake slice.  Cover the cake with dark brown felt as icing. Attach with hot glue.

To add icing decorations, cut small trips of brown felt and fold in half lengthwise and glue together.

This will create “chocolate” icing rolls. 

Glue the rolls of brown felt onto the thick end of the cake.

Make mint leaves to put on top of the cake. Cut out small leaves out of green felt and attach to the top of the cake.

To make strawberry/cherry cake:

Use a pink sponge to make the cake slice. Cover the cake with pink and white felt as icing. Attach with hot glue.

Add a red pom pom as a strawberry/cherry with hot glue to the top. Add a leaf cut out of green felt. Add icing details with white puffy paint.

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