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Happy Kansas Day

Posted by  ·  January 29, 2007  ·  Last Updated: 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 chocolate 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. Vicki Stephenson
    Tuesday, July 24th, 2018
    I was looking for an easy way to make my Granddaughter a sweet sixteen sunflower cake and saw your idea with the twinkies and chocolate chips. What a great idea and so easy for me to do. Thank you so much. It is so cute. She will love it.
  2. Pamela Pigue
    Friday, January 19th, 2018
    Simple, quick and a precious presentation to make you smile.
  3. Friday, January 19th, 2018
    Sending to my granddaughter who is room mother at Lincoln
    Elementary in St.Charles, Mo. School rules she would have to keep them wrapped, but perfect... thank you for sharing.
  4. Leah Martin
    Friday, January 19th, 2018
    Cute ideas for my students. Thanks!
  5. Some Lucky Dog
    Sunday, January 30th, 2011
    So cute and so easy! Happy Kansas day to you!
    someluckydog at gmail dot com
  6. Angel
    Friday, January 28th, 2011
    Such a cute cake! I have really enjoyed your website! Love all the cute ideas!
  7. 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! [email protected]
  8. Linda Meziere
    Friday, January 28th, 2011
    I really like this Sunflower "Cake." So simple and yet so beautiful. Thanks for sharing.
  9. 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!!!
  10. 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.
  11. 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!
  12. 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.
  13. lyhageman
    Monday, January 25th, 2010
    I am making the cake! One Twinkie a year will not hurt anyone!
  14. 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
  15. 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 ½ 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!

  16. 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!!
  17. 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!
  18. DeDe
    Wednesday, January 28th, 2009
    I was hoping for instructions to make the KS board game you mentioned for my 5th graders!
  19. 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!
  20. Wednesday, October 22nd, 2008
    This is very smart. Wow!
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. 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!
  24. 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
  25. Tuesday, January 30th, 2007
    Twinkies for petals! You are SO clever!!! K
  26. 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.
  27. 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.
  28. 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!
  29. 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!
  30. kt
    Monday, January 29th, 2007
    Found you through Whip Up! What a fun cake! Happy Kansas Day fom Arizona!
  31. 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)
  32. 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!!
  33. Dad
    Monday, January 29th, 2007
    The cake looks great! Too bad I did not go on the field trip today!
  34. Monday, January 29th, 2007
    I love, LOVE the cake idea! Really genius...
  35. 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!)
  36. 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.