Happy Kansas Day

    Posted by  ·  January 29, 2007

    Today we are celebrating the 146th Kansas Day. Kansas became a state on January 29, 1861. My son and I will spend the morning at the Kansas Historical Museum. If you would like to help Kansas celebrate and learn a little more about this fine state here is a sunflower coloring sheet, a Western Meadowlark, and a buffalo. Here is a sheet about our state symbols. You can even make your own Kansas flag.

    I made this simple cake for my son’s class. The center is a chocolate cake made in a small cake pan or heat proof bowl. The petals are Twinkies–as many as you need for the kids. We added some chocolateĀ chips to the frosted center, but you could also use chocolate sprinkles.


    Leave a comment to this post and my son and I will pick one person to recieve some Kansas goodies. We will notify the lucky person by e-mail.

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    1. Sunday, January 30th, 2011
      So cute and so easy! Happy Kansas day to you!
      someluckydog at gmail dot com
    2. Angel
      Friday, January 28th, 2011
      Such a cute cake! I have really enjoyed your website! Love all the cute ideas!
    3. Amy Draper
      Friday, January 28th, 2011
      This is too cute! I am a Daisy scout leader and this is an awsome idea! Will definitely try it! mikeamyshane@yahoo.com
    4. Linda Meziere
      Friday, January 28th, 2011
      I really like this Sunflower "Cake." So simple and yet so beautiful. Thanks for sharing.
    5. Friday, January 28th, 2011
      You are so clever!!! Such simple ingredients, simple to put together, but absolutely gorgeous when done!! I look forward to your posts since I happened upon your website! Keep inspiring us with your wonderful ideas!!!
    6. Sherry
      Wednesday, January 19th, 2011
      There are no buffalo in the United States let alone Kansas. They are bison and not buffalo. True buffalo are only found in Asia.
    7. Kelli Hueneke
      Saturday, January 15th, 2011
      This cake is awesome! I have been browsing for ideas to celebrate Kansas Day at our preschool and I can't wait to share this with our students!
    8. Shirley Dick Tarbox
      Thursday, January 28th, 2010
      As a native Kansan, I'm delighted with your passion and creativity for our beloved state! Thank you.
    9. lyhageman
      Monday, January 25th, 2010
      I am making the cake! One Twinkie a year will not hurt anyone!
    10. Seren
      Sunday, May 3rd, 2009
      I want Twinkies...I hear about them but have never seen one. If I had some Id copy your cake, it is very cute.
      We dont have Twinkies in Australia, but I really wish I could taste one. I wonder if they taste like I imagine them and if they have the texture I imagine..hmmm
      Happy Kansas day...Kansas is the first American state I knew...from Wizard of Oz when I was a child
    11. Elisa
      Saturday, April 4th, 2009
      Great Idea! I work in a Special Ed Preschool classroom and I am always looking for new and fun ideas to do with my preschoolers. I will definitely use this idea. However I would make a slight change, instead of using the full Twinkie I would cut it in half and use Ā½ of the Twinkie. This way I can make two cakes. I have an A.M. session (18 students) and a P.M. session (23 students) doing this will save me some money and I think it will still look great. Thanks for the great idea!

    12. Heather
      Wednesday, January 28th, 2009
      I was so relieved to find your photo of your cake! At the last minute my daughter's teacher asked me to bring special treats for Kansas Day.....I was a bit panicked. This is awesome. Thank you!!
    13. Wednesday, January 28th, 2009
      I was hoping for instructions to make the KS board game you mentioned for my 5th graders!
    14. Marcia
      Wednesday, January 28th, 2009
      We always bake a cake at preschool to celebrate Kansas' birthday but this year we are going to incorporate the Twinkies! Thanks for sharing this cute idea!
    15. Sara
      Monday, January 26th, 2009
      Cute cake! For another fun treat, make KS Day Trail Mix: Sunflower seeds, Meadowlark's nests (cheerios), Buffalo droppings (choc. chips), Cottonwood leaves (Sunny Seed Drops), Yellow Brick Road Bits (Toffee /Heath chunks). Happy 148th, Kansas!
    16. Wednesday, October 22nd, 2008
      This is very smart. Wow!
    17. Zeph
      Saturday, February 9th, 2008
      What a fabulous idea. My daughters name is Edelweiss and I had been trying to think of a simple way to make her an Edelweiss cake. I think I might try this and make the center cake a carrot cake with cream cheese frosting and yellow coconut shreds to embelish. It is perfect for her to bring to preschool. Thanks for sharing.
    18. Tuesday, February 13th, 2007
      This is a great idea for a cake. Hope you don't mind me using the idea for my daughter's birthday later this month.
    19. Tuesday, January 30th, 2007
      kansas day! how lovely! my only brush with kansas was an unfortunate one involving a broken-down airplane, a deserted airport, and a hungry me. here's to better kansas-time in the future!
    20. Mary Z
      Tuesday, January 30th, 2007
      Hi Cindy- that cake is so cool! I love the idea for the twinkies- what a perfect idea for making a cake to share with the class. Thank you!! I'm printing out all the coloring pages for Kayleigh to do tonight, and we may have to make the cake!! Love it!! Mary Z
    21. Tuesday, January 30th, 2007
      Twinkies for petals! You are SO clever!!! K
    22. G-Mom
      Tuesday, January 30th, 2007
      Kansas Day was also Skip to My Lou's grandfather's birthday. When he was a school principal he told his students that all the Kansas flags were flying because it was his birthday. He would have been 105 on the 29th.
    23. Andrea & Isabella
      Tuesday, January 30th, 2007
      We love your blog!! Especially the paper decorations are beautiful. Happy Kansas Day. Is Australia too far to send the Kansas goodies?? Just kidding they would melt by the time they got to Queensland.
    24. Tuesday, January 30th, 2007
      I'm a new reader and I really love your tutorials. This cake is so pretty, I"ll bet the kids were thrilled!
    25. Monday, January 29th, 2007
      Found you through Whip Up! What a fun cake! Happy Kansas Day fom Arizona!
    26. Monday, January 29th, 2007
      Happy Kansas Day! How cute. I bet you just had the best time! I could use some of that cake right now!
    27. Megan
      Monday, January 29th, 2007
      Oh how I loved Kansas Day in elementry school! I remember making a Kansas board game in 5th grade that was a mix of Candy Land and Trivial Persuit. (I bet my mom still has it). Here is a bit of trivia that is little known: The Kansas motto: "Ad Astra per Aspera" is latin for what?

      The cake looks delicious, maybe I will make one for my co-workers so they will have a little knowledge of my fine "home" state.

      I miss you guys!

      (motto: To the stars through difficulties)
    28. beth
      Monday, January 29th, 2007
      That is a darling cake and what a great idea!! thanks for sharing! Happy Kansas Day to you and your family!!
    29. Dad
      Monday, January 29th, 2007
      The cake looks great! Too bad I did not go on the field trip today!
    30. Monday, January 29th, 2007
      I love, LOVE the cake idea! Really genius...
    31. Monday, January 29th, 2007
      We're a homeschooling family here in Pennsylvania. We just found your blog last week thru Kiddley and really 'dig' it! Thanks for all the fun ideas & activities! Have a blast at the museum :)

      And Happy Kansas Day! Zoe says:"I LOVE Kansas :)!"

      :)Sue (mom), Frankie (6 1/2), Zoe (3 1/2) & Maxie Rose (1!)
      (Who are now off to learn a little more about Kansas and do some fun coloring:) Thanks so much!)
    32. Kimberly
      Monday, January 29th, 2007
      What a Cute Cake! My 6 yo DD has a state flower coloring book she just loves.I can see her wanting to do a cake & clebrate each state's B-day. I'll be sharing the Kansas info with all 3 of my kids-thanks for sharing.