Thursday, January 31, 2013

Cupcake Race Review

My girls and I had the pleasure of reviewing another game from Endless Games.
I thought the Cupcake Race would be a great fit with a Birthday Celebration for Tabitha, and I was right.

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I love the general principle behind Endless Games.
"The general principle of Endless Games is to produce high quality entertainment in board games and puzzles that are quick and easy to learn, but offer “Endless” play value."

In the Cupcake Race game players take turn spinning the spinner in a race around the board. As they race to the party they stop along the way to make their cupcakes. When a player reaches Mix It, they get their cupcake wrapper and pretend to mix the batter. Then it is off to Bake It where they receive their cupcake which they put in the wrapper and pretend to put in the oven. They continue around the board, stopping at Frost It to get their frosting. The last "stop" before they reach the Party is the Top It area where they get to put on their sprinkles they have been collecting as they journeyed around the board. Oh, I can't forget to mention that when they reach the party they get to top the cupcake with a cherry.

I love that this is a fast paced game. It is straightforward in that you spin the spinner, move your party hat pawn and land on 1 of 4 kinds of spaces. If you land on a blank space you do nothing. However, if you land on a "+1" or "+2" space you get to choose sprinkles to hold onto until you reach "Top It."  In order to find out what color sprinkles you receive you spin the spinner 1 or 2 times and take the color sprinkle the spinner lands on (note the different color spaces on the spinner). You can also land on spaces that will send you forward or backward a certain number of spaces.

The cupcake corner spaces are the "fun" spaces where you actually get to put your cupcakes together. 

The girls loved acting out the different parts of putting their cupcakes together.

Amelia mixing her cupcake.

Tabitha pretending to frost her cupcake.

After hanging out on "Top It" until we made sure we had one of each color sprinkle we were able to continue on to the party where we put on our cherries.

Once everyone reached the party we pretended to eat our cupcakes. Yummy!

I did want to mention you do not need to wait until you have one of each color sprinkle before continuing on to the party. This optional rule is for older children. In fact, you may think it could take forever and the children would not want to stay on the "Top It" space that long and would get bored. Our children wanted to stay on the "Top It" space until they had ALL the sprinkles possible. I convinced them to move on to the party and just continue spinning when it was their turn in order to get the cupcake fully sprinkled.

Another optional tip for younger players is for them to contain their sprinkles in the frosting top as they receive them traveling around the board. They just hold onto their frosting until they arrive at "Frost It" then put it on top of their cupcake as usual. Unfortunately this tip doesn't help contain all the sprinkles in the corner, so we decided to use a bowl.

And yes, this game is also educational. Most board games where you spin and have to count one to one to move around the board are educational. Plus the children need to match colors to get their sprinkles. I never give the children the sprinkles, I let them pick them out, even Hannah. Children also work on improving their fine motor skills by placing the small pegs of the sprinkles in the tiny holes of the frosting. I did help Hannah with this a bit.

A couple of notes of concern.
I would love to see something included in the game to put the sprinkles and the cherries in on the game board. As you can see, we used a bowl for the sprinkles. I didn't have an extra one for the cherries and it got very frustrating for them to roll around the board while we were spinning or if the table got knocked.

Speaking of spinning, I don't know if we got a defective spinner, but our spinner was either too tight to spin or too loose it would fall off when spun at any decent speed.

Other than those couple of things that caused us frustration, we absolutely enjoyed this game. Tabitha liked "the whole thing because it was very very fun. And because we get to make the cupcakes and put on the sprinkles too." Amelia liked it because "we get to spin the spinner and the youngest goes first." (Of course this happens to be her if Hannah is sleeping.) She also enjoys going to the party and getting a cherry on it.

You can check out Cupcake Race and all of Endless Games' fun products at
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If you would like a chance to win a copy of this game for your own just head on over to my Cupcake Craze Giveaway Post.

Disclosure: I received a copy of The Cupcake Race game at no charge as a part of my Cupcake Craze Giveaway. I received no further compensation. This did not in any way influence my review. This review is my honest opinion and I only recommend products I use personally and feel will be a good products for my readers.


  1. This game sounds so cute! I think my granddaughters would love it because their momma is always baking cupcakes for lots of people, birthdays, showers, etc. Fun game for them to play with their Mommy
    Sandy VanHoey

  2. This looks like so much fun! My daughter needs this!

  3. This sounds like a game my grandchildren and I would enjoy playing. They would have fun building the cupcake along the way and then topping with he cherry for the finaile

  4. This looks like a lot of fun. i bet my neice would love it.

  5. This game sounds like so much fun. My four kids would love to play this

  6. This looks like so much fun--my 4 year old loves games and cooking, so perfect combination.

  7. This sounds easy enough for a smaller child to understand which is great for my niece who loves sweets :)

  8. I like that it can be played with many age levels and that it is fast paced.

  9. First of all, your little "sweeties" are absolutely adorable! I have three daughters also. They are young women now, and I can't tell you how QUICKLY their childhood flew by... Now the game; Cupcake race sounds like a fun game to play with the little ones and it looks so cute with all the girlie colors. I'm wondering; is it meant for little boys too?

  10. this seems like a fun game for little girls

  11. not sure what i am suppose to say - i have comment 2 times before. hope you have a great weekend. enjoy your time with the kids. ( :

  12. so much fun for my little granddaughter. Love this site for grandma shopping.

  13. This game looks like alot of fun!! My granddaughter is always cooking and baking in her Fisher Price kitchen so I know she will love this game!!

  14. This game looks like it can be enjoyed by many ages. I think it would be great for a weekly game night that incorporates a 3, 7, and 9 year old. Thank you for your great review.

  15. This game looks like so much fun! Our family would have a great time playing this!

  16. a cute game. my kids love to play games and pretend building a cupcake while doing it would be fun

  17. My granddaughter would love to play this game with her cousins and friends! She told me about a cupcake game she enjoyed playing on her cousin's iPad. She enjoys helping me bake cupcakes and loves to frost & decorate them. This game looks perfect for her. :)

  18. What I like about this game is that there is a tactile learning component.

  19. I love this for my boyfriends grandsons they are just to the age that this would be a great learning tool and all they think is its a game.

  20. Love the game, thanks for the review. I think this game really helps kids learn about steps in making a cupcake and with a goal of finishing and going to a party. We would love this game, great for friends and family.

  21. This game sounds like a fun game. My grandson would love it! He loves to bake and 'fix' things so this would be right up his alley. Thank you for the review!

  22. This looks so cool! I like that they get to top the cupcake with a cherry. I bet we could have a fun time making cupcakes and then playing this game at a party!

  23. I have 4 granddaughters.....perfect for them.....then we can end with a tea party!


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