Things to Do with Kids in LA: Cakemix


If you’re familiar with Color Me Mine, the you-paint-it, they-fire-it ceramics studio, you’ll love the experience at Duff’s Cakemix. Even if you haven’t been to a place where you create your own masterpiece, Cakemix is a great place to start. The open and sunlit space is staffed with pastry school grads and baking enthusiasts, ready to help you realize your dream. After filling out a form that specifies what flavor cake and icing you would like, along with whether or not you’d like to cover your cake in fondant or buttercream icing, Cakemix employees help you with every step of the cake decorating process. Pick from a variety of frosting colors and candies, along with a rainbow of food coloring to create your perfect cake. Duff, the owner and baking celebrity from the Food Network’s “Ace of Cakes”, might show up and critique your masterpiece! Plus, wide windows give you a glimpse of Duff’s custom cake design business next door, where the real masters sculpt deftly detailed cakes that defy gravity. Alliterations aside, you should check out Duff’s Cakemix.

It’s 36 dollars for a 6-inch cake, which might appear pricey but that includes all of your decorating materials. Additional frosting or candies do cost extra, but you get to take home an edible treat after hours of family fun creating it. The cake keeps for up to a week in the fridge, and even longer in the freezer. Sounds like a good deal to me.

If you’re worried that your young child will just make a mess of the place, or that your teen won’t be interested – don’t be. Adolescents and toddlers alike were having a blast decorating their cakes, and the staff assisted the younger customers while letting the older ones exercise their creativity. All in all, our family will be returning to Cakemix – once the current sugar high subsides!