Buddy’s Birthday was last week. Our little man turned 5-can you believe it?
To celebrate we held a backyard BBQ, complete with splashing pool, homemade pinata, and 11 screaming kids all between the ages of 12 and 4. Yes, their parents were there, and yes, there was beer 🙂
Boys don’t seem to be as much into the whole theme birthday thing. Buddy’s party was nominally a “Lego” theme, which means that I made a Lego cake, and he got lots of Lego’s as gifts. I tried to make a lego pinata, but it was less than successful. So I went with the classic balloon shape.
The cake, on the other hand, came out wonderfully! I based it on Amy’s Lego cake. Hers was made with marshmallows for the little prongs, mine was a bit bigger and utilized cupcakes.
First I mixed up 2 boxes of chocolate cake mix (Aldi’s brand nach). I baked them in an 8X8 pan, an 9×11 pan, and a 6 count cupcake pan. First I created a “level playing field” by using my big bread knife and cutting the top of each cake so it was flat, not domed. Ditto for the cupcakes.
Next I cut each of the cakes in half, and used some leftover orange icing (from the birthday cupcakes I made for Buddy to take to camp) to glue the layers together. This made a square and a rectangle.
Now at this point what I SHOULD have done is put the whole shebang into the freezer. Freezing it at this point would have given me a nice hard surface to work with when I started putting on the crumb coat.
But I didn’t. So the cake sort of tore as I was spreading the frosting on. But I charged ahead and continued. I applied the crumb coat-a thin coat of icing meant to trap the crumbs. Then put it in the fridge for a couple of hours to harden up.
After the crumb coat hardened I was able to put the final coat of frosting on. It was a bit difficult to ice around the cupcakes, and it wasn’t anywhere near as smooth as a professional cake would be, but it came out pretty darn cute.