Having a birthday in the classroom doesn't mean you have to deal with the sugar rush of a cake, or the fact that little Johnson can't eat it because he's allergic to gluten, or Sally is allergic to red dye and Frankie's mom brought red velvet cupcakes.
There is a fun and simple answer that will make memories, not turn your kiddos into sugar crazed beasts.
It's the easiest cake you'll ever make, and if you watch the sales, a can of shaving cream can cost less than one dollar.
To make it more fun, cut out some flames from construction paper and glue to craft sticks ahead of time. Then, get out a tray, empty your can of shaving cream, add the craft stick candles, and let your kids go nuts digging into this foamy wonder.
If you want to make it more of a sensory experience, pile up some plastic party favors that the kids can excavate as they dig through. You can add some color by dropping liquid water color on top of the cake with eyedroppers. You can even fill the shaving cream cake with things that are relevant to the unit you may be teaching in your classroom.
It may be messy, but your shorties will remember the day they dug plastic rings out of the foamy pretend cake over who had the best cupcakes any day.