The Life of Jennifer Dawn: Edible Play Dough: Birthday Cake Dough for Kids

Friday, February 12, 2016

Edible Play Dough: Birthday Cake Dough for Kids

Making homemade play dough or sensory dough is probably one of my kids' favorite things to do. We've made a lot of different kinds together--ice cream dough, foam dough, scented dough, fizzy dough, slime, and even one that glows in the dark! Edible dough seems to be the kind they get the most excited about though. Probably because the edible dough recipes we've created taste and smell amazing like edible chocolate play dough or the edible birthday cake play dough that I'm going to share with you today.

Edible dough or taste-safe dough is ideal for little ones who still put things in their mouth. The whole everything goes straight to the mouth thing is just a normal part of healthy development and exploration. My youngest who has sensory processing disorder is still in this stage. I certainly don't want him sticking store-bought play dough into his mouth though. That's why homemade taste-safe dough is the perfect solution. Although I don't openly encourage my kids to gobble up their entire portion of edible play dough, it's fine if they take a few tastes. That's the whole reason it's edible, right?!

Playtime with edible play dough has so many benefits! This particular dough appeals to the sense of taste and smell. It's a great way to explore textures and provide tactile input. It can even help with the development of fine motor skills. It's an open-ended activity that gives kids the opportunity to engage in pretend play and practice social skills while sharing and playing with each other. These benefits and others can all be said of edible dough and many other variations of sensory dough.

The best reason to make edible dough is that it's just plain fun! Ready to make some for your child or even for that next play date you're hosting? Keep reading for the recipe to a a fun and festive birthday cake dough!

Birthday Cake Edible Dough 
What You'll Need:
  • 1-16 oz container of frosting (I used a brand without milk since my youngest has a severe milk allergy.)
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar (icing sugar)
  • 1 cup flour
  • sprinkles (optional)
  1. Spoon out the frosting into a large mixing bowl.
  2. Add the sugar and then the flour gradually and mix together. You should start to see a dough-like consistency emerge.
  3. Continue adding the dry ingredients until the dough is no longer sticky. Add a little extra flour, if needed.
  4. Sprinkles can be mixed in
The kids had so much fun with this edible dough! It tasted and smelled like real birthday cake. The sprinkles gave it some fun pops of color. Many of the doughs we make will last for several weeks. With edible dough, I'm extra cautious and only keep it for 1 to 2 days. Here are some snapshots of our playtime with edible birthday cake dough!

This post is part of a year-long series on Sensory Dough. Each month we'll be sharing our playtime adventures with a different kind of dough. Be sure to check out the other fantastic Edible Dough recipes below. Next month the theme will be Natural Dough.
Edible Jelly Bean Play Dough | Lemon Lime Adventures
Edible Peanut Butter Playdough | Powerful Mothering
Edible Chocolate Play Dough | Preschool Powol Packets
Edible Ice Cream Dough | Natural Beach Living
Roti Dough | In The Playroom
Edible Cream Cheese Play Dough | Frogs and Snails and Puppy Dog Tail
Edible Golden Syrup Dough | Peakle Pie
Edible Ice Cream Dough | Sugar, Spice, and Glitter
Edible Frozen Dough | Squiggles & Bubbles

Edible Birthday Cake Dough | The Life of Jennifer Dawn (You're here!)

Looking for more taste safe or edible play dough recipes? Here are some to try!

Happy playtime!
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  1. What wonderful pictures! I swear I can smell the birthday cake as I look at them.
    This looks like it would be so much fun for a birthday party or to celebrate special occasions at home with the kids.

  2. I absolutely love it. I rarely make this kind of thing because my kids are older but when I brought this up my kids 12 and 16 were like lets try it sounds fun. So thanks for sharing on Crafty Moms Sharing Sunday.

  3. The dough looks amazing and yummy. I cannot wait to make this with my DD. Thank you for sharing it with the Thoughtful Spot last week. I am so excited to feature your post on B is for Bookworm for Monday's Thoughtful Spot Link-Up :).

  4. This looks like so much fun! Do you mind telling me which brand of icing you used? My daughter also has a dairy allergy :)


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