A birthday party just wouldn’t be the same without the cake – if you ask me anyway.
Several years ago, my Mom was cleaning out her kitchen and she came across a cake decorating set. She no longer wanted it, so I took it home with me. I knew nothing about decorating cakes, and it set unused in my kitchen for a long while. And then, for one of the kid’s birthday cakes I decided to try my hand at decorating. The cake was far from perfect, but the smile on their face was. And this is why, I continue to decorate cakes for my children. The cakes have improved over the years, and while they are still not perfect, they continue to put a smile on my children’s faces.
In November, we have plenty of birthdays to celebrate. My nephew, Beau, turned 6 the middle of the month, while his sister, Katie, turned 12 today, and tomorrow is their brother, Vann’s birthday, along with, Griffin’s birthday. Vann, will be eight, and, Griffin, will be nine. On Wednesday, we had a birthday party for the four of them.
I usually let my children tell me the type of cake they would like. So, last week I asked, Griffin, to start thinking about what he wanted on his birthday cake.
“I want a Kirby cake.”
First, I had to verify who Kirby was. For those of you who do not know, he is a character on a video game. Once that was established, I sat down in front of the computer to search for images of Kirby.
“This is going to be so easy!”, I thought to myself. Kirby, is round with small arms and legs. I showed, Griffin the image I had found of Kirby.
“Oh, I was thinking you could make, Kirby, with one of his super powers. Umm…like this one.”
You have got to be kidding me! I am your Mother, and I love you very much, but I am NOT a cake decorator. I am simply a Mother, who tries to decorate cakes!
We ended the conversation with, “I will try, but I am not making any promises.”
Kirby was made from two 9-inch cakes. One of the cakes was used to make his body, while the other was used for his hands, feet, microphone, and headset. Now let me just say – I would have taken a picture as I was dissecting the second cake, however, I wasn’t sure if my idea was going to work. I knew the basic shapes I needed to create Kirby. I started by cutting out the largest pieces that I would need, and placing them next to his body. I then trimmed them for the desired shape. I continued this process with the smaller pieces, until he was fully assembled. At this point, it appeared that a cake massacre had taken place.
I had froze the cakes prior to cutting them to prevent crumbling. And while I am certain it helped, some things can not be avoided. Once I was satisfied with the shape of the cake, I placed it back into the freezer. I have found that this prevents crumbs from getting in the icing. In this case, it also helped stabilize the wobbling pieces of cake. With the cake frozen, I wouldn’t have to try and hold the pieces into place as I put the icing on. This seemed to work pretty well. The icing was a mortar so to speak, and with it in place the cake no longer moved.
This was my version of Kirby.
I was fairly certain, he wasn’t going anywhere. But, just to be on the safe side I took a picture of him before we departed for the party. I wanted proof that the cake was fully intact when we left.
Luckily, he made the transition without any loss of limbs or accessories.
And while, Griffin, picked out the cake, I knew my nephews would like it also.
Although, earlier in the week my Mom had mentioned, Beau, had requested a Robin cake – as in Batman and Robin. I didn’t think I would be able to pull that one off, and then I remembered something – our local library now has cake pans. I thought I had seen a super hero pan the last time I was there. And as luck would have it, I was right! The pan also came with faces and breast plates for Superman and Batman. That wasn’t real helpful for me, however, as I was making a Robin cake. I resorted back to my computer to pull up images of Robin. I mostly needed to know what colors to use for him. Initially, I didn’t give him a mouth, but, Dan, suggested I add one. He also suggested I add the points on his collar – I didn’t realize this was part of Robin’s trademark look. I am glad I took Dan’s suggestions. It seemed to complete the cake.
So without further ado, may I present to you…
Now while, Kirby and Robin, would be fine for the boys, it didn’t seem fair for Katie. No, those cakes just wouldn’t do.
So for, Katie, I decided to make a tie dyed inspired cake.
And like most of my projects, I wasn’t really sure what I was doing. I made up the method as I went along. I put a smooth layer of icing on the sides of the cake, and then I put the “K” on the cake. I filled in the remainder of the cake with white star tips.
Next, I added the icing on the upper and lower edges of the cake. I loaded the icing a little differently than I had before. Thus, it created a slightly different look, and a better mixing of the colors.
I was pleased with the end result, but the main thing was…Katie was too!
This is my nephew, Beau.
And here is the entire birthday crew – Katie, Griffin, Vann, and Beau.
May all of your wishes come true!
Only At My House,