Ideas on homemade Birthday cakes!

Kristian Amber - posted on 11/30/2010 ( 15 moms have responded )

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My youngest son is turning 5 on Sunday and has asked me to make him a Lego cake this year. My oldest son will be 8 on Christmas Eve and asked for me to make him a Chessboard birthday cake. They seem easy enough, but if anyone has any tips or advice for either they would be much appreciated!
For my oldests Chessboard cake, my husband and I found a Harry Potter set of Chess pieces from Barnes & Noble we picked up to put on the cake as his favorite game is Chess and he loves the first Harry Potter with the chess pieces moving around. So I figured to make the cake like a chessboard and place the pieces on top of it since they are pretty light.
My youngest is a huge fan of Legos and I was thinking of trying to make the cake look like a Lego piece and buy an inexpensive set to put on there as well. What do you think?
Any ideas??
Thank you!
Amber

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I made my 6 year old a Lego cake. Definitely use a pound cake and a thicker frosting/icing to hold the shape. Here's what I did:
I cooked several cakes so that I could make different size Lego pieces. just cut accordingly. The easiest thing is to use colored fondant to cover the cake(s) if you can get some. But if you use regular icing/frosting, you will have to first do a "dirty icing": this is where you apply a plain (usually buttercream) icing over the cut sections which will be crumbly...then freeze it for awhile for the icing to set. (I think most bakeries still do this even when using fondant...it must need something to adhere to??) When it is ready, you apply your colored icing - the red, blue, green, yellow of Lego. To make the little knobs on top, freeze large white marshmallows then cut in half - then ice with the colored icing, put in fridge until ready to decorate. Or, you can oil the inside of a tealight (metal) then fill with colored icing, freeze, then pop out when ready to decorate the cake. Then it is up to your imagination!

I arranged the Lego cake pieces on a cake board, then used actual Lego pieces to build 4 towers around them, then put one of those green Lego bases on top of the 4 towers, then stuck figures, cars, accessories onto the green board to make a scene (he had Lego City at that point). It looked amazing.....too bad I couldn't post a picture. And my son went absolutely crazy for it.

As for your chess squares......if you don't use fondant. I also did a Princess castle cake for my daughter and needed something to look like bricks and stained glass windows - that would also stick sideways! on the "tower" (iced upside down ice cream cones) walls. Ureeka...my super duper great idea....FRUIT ROLL UPS! the are so easy to cut.....just roll out and measure. They come in various colors. I used basic red for bricks, and the tye-dye ones for stained glass windows. since you will use quite a bit, I recommend the Foot Long ones. Also, the fruit roll up should be sturdy and sticky enough for your Harry Potter pieces. And what kid doesn't love em! Good luck.

Jennifer - posted on 11/30/2010

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You could make a large rectangle. Then cut the tops off six cupcakes and invert them for the top. I LOVE making creative cakes!

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Jessica - posted on 07/01/2011

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I made a Lego cake and attempted to do the lego piece but it's hard to get a smooth icing. I ended up gettig some cute Lego piece shaped "ice" molds and minifigure molds on ebay and made a basic round layer cake with minifigures and lego pieces made of candy melts and arranged around the outer edges. If you google "image" Lego cakes you'll see lots of great images to get ideas from as well. Here's the link to mine http://www.coolest-birthday-cakes.com/co...

Gayle - posted on 07/01/2011

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I make cupcakes for my son's lego party every year and buy Lego Candies - they are like sweetarts - but lego shaped and stackable- logs of sizes and shapes. I find them at my local candy store - but can also buy them online. They make great toppers for cupcakes

Denise - posted on 07/01/2011

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Great ideas!! I may have to do a chessboard for my oldest son's 14th birthday!! I could use the set in our gameroom or like you, buy a set to use. Great creativity!!

Kristian Amber - posted on 12/05/2010

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Thats a good idea too! I had a friend look at my cake and ask me if I'd make her one when her little one's bday comes up. I guess he's really into the big legos. I loved those! I am definitely getting some better stuff for baking and decorating... I need to see when the Wilton stuff goes on sale at Michaels and/or Hobby Lobby. I miss my old cake tips set!
Thank you again! I'm loving all the neat ideas!

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I know you already made the lego cake but if there is a next time i would do a rectangle piece with the 4 douvalacky circle parts along it. Also to cut a cake with out crumbs gettign evrywhere freeze it and or turn it upside down so it remains square.! Just some tips for your next cake adventure! :D

Kristian Amber - posted on 12/05/2010

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LOL! I was going to do that for my youngest when he was 3, but he started changing his mind all the time!
I had to use box cake mix to make this cake and like everyone said, it didn't hold shape very well. I'm actually really upset, because I was doing a favor for some friends by watching their kids and couldn't go out to get what I wanted to make this cake better. And to top it off I've never had such disrespectful kids in my house. They totally have no respect for other kids toys and things/people are getting broken and hurt all the time. No matter what I say they don't listen. So I had to explain to my 5 year old that we would take all his new toys out of their boxes after they leave so that nothing gets broken on the first day. It makes me feel awful, but I don't know what else to do. My boys both know that if I were to find out that they act that way to anyone (especially one of their friends' parents) they wouldn't be allowed to go to anyones house again. It's been a stressful weekend and with my hubby gone its just that much harder. I love the fact that the kids enjoyed the cake, it did taste good, but running interference with the other kids, I just feel like it was a bust for my 5 year old. I'm sorry, guys, didn't mean to start venting, but I'm still just in shock at the way my kids, my house and I've been treated these past couple of days. I still feel horrible, I hate not letting them do fun things with new stuff but I just don't know what else to say.
The ideas were fabulous though. I have written them down and will definitely work towards that on my oldest sons birthday on the 24th (my Christmas baby) for his chess cake.
Thank you all again so much! The spongebob cake sounds like it would be ALOT of fun! And for the most part seems like it would be kind of easy. I hope this chess cake comes out the way I'm hoping!

Kim - posted on 12/04/2010

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They sound like great cake ideas. My daughter wants a Sponge Bob cake for her 4th b-day LOL I guess I'll be making a square cake.

Kristian Amber - posted on 12/04/2010

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Thank you everyone for the great ideas! I really appreciate it! There were a few that I wanted to try out, unfortunately, due to some friends' family problems, I am kind of stuck at home this weekend with 4 other kids and can't get to a store to pick up some of the stuff I need to make this a really good looking cake. I'm sure it will taste good and all, and hopefully for my oldest's chess cake I can get the fondant and whatnot to use for it. Thank you all again! The fruit roll up idea is fantastic too! I might look into that as well. Thank you all again! My FB profile is public so anyone that would like to see some of the pictures as to how the cakes turn out and stuff please feel free to look at them!

Callie - posted on 12/01/2010

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I love making creative cakes! When I need ideas or help I use cakecentral.com. It's a great site with soooo many photos to get ideas from. For the lego cake definitely use a dense cake with upside down cupcakes. You can make a box cake mix dense by altering it ( http://www.ehow.com/how_4927534_make-box... ) or do white almond sourcream cake which is awesome (can find the recipe on cakecentral.com)
For the chess cake I would cover it in either fondant or candy clay (much more forgiving than fondant). Also if you do use fondant I suggest you make your own. Marshmellow fondant is easy to make and tastes great! Mashmellow fondant is much easier to work with and make than regular fondant and tastes better than store bought. Also if you use fondant remember that you need to crumb coat the cake with frosting before you put the fondant on (don't forget to let the frosting start to crust before putting on fondant or the fondant will start to turn into sticky goo). Good Luck, I'm sure both cakes will turn out great!

Kristian Amber - posted on 12/01/2010

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Thats a good idea Candy! I didn't even think about using fondant! I was actually sitting here wondering how I was going to do the squares without making it look funky. Thank you!

Candy - posted on 12/01/2010

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You could use fondent to make the squares on the top of the cake for the chess. You might could use a color sprinkles on top. Square off the top with a knife lightly cut through the icing then sprinkle each square with black and red sprinkles.

Iysha - posted on 11/30/2010

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My little cousin is so into legos it's rediculous. lol. We all get our cakes made by my moms friend and she actually used the little lego men and one ship (it was star wars leggo theme) and placed lego pieces as a border. The cake looked pretty neat.

Cynthia - posted on 11/30/2010

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You may could make one large lego piece out of pound cake. (It is easier to hold shape). Then put the lego pieces around it. Good luck. (Mine wanted a Thomas the Train for his 3rd birthday- that was fun.)

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