It should come as no surprise that my daughter Grace has always been right by my side in the kitchen. From the time she could wear an apron, she has loved to serve as my little sous chef, always willing to scoop, stir, pour, mix, decorate, watch the oven, and, ultimately, taste the end result. As of late, she’s even mastered cracking an egg (mostly shell-free!), the immersion blender, and using a spatula. Playdates often end up in the kitchen and guests always go home with a treat bag.

So, naturally when it came time to chat about her upcoming 5th birthday party, the concept of ‘baking party’ was born.

I considered an in-home party — but then was concerned about limited space, not to mention the possible mess a handful of enthusiastic little bakers might make. So one night, while attending Towson’s Feet on the Street, we wandered into LaCakerie for dessert. After chatting with the staff, I learned they offer both cake and cupcake decorating birthday parties on the premises! Problem solved. Parties are limited to 10 bakers for cake decorating, and 12 bakers for cupcake decorating. All parties include 2 hours, 6 cupcakes per guest to decorate, Strapazza (read: delicious!) pizza, sodas/drinks, and the choice of one gourmet cupcake for dessert. We also had a ‘pin the cherry on the cupcake’ game and a cupcake piñata for our little bakers.

What a sweet party!

cupcake decorating party details

Location: LaCakerie, Towson (

Party printables: Chickabug (Etsy)

Personalized birthday sign: Green Papaya Prints (Etsy).

Invitations: Custom cupcakes by When It Rains Paper (Etsy)

Favors: Chef aprons and hats, and cupcake themed goody bags from Amazon

Birthday girl chef jacket and hat: Sugarfoot Embroidery (Etsy)

Game: Pin the Cherry on the Cupcake digital file from Love Your Design (Etsy) and printed at my local Walgreen’s


Photography by Cara Walen