Approximately 2 days before his 13th birthday, my oldest son informed me that he would like a mountain biking cake.
Oh, and while I was at it, I should add a bridge in the trail, over a river with a kayaker in it, and a waterfall.
Apparently he's still in the "my mom can do anything" stage.
So, I did what I could.
To make this cake, I used two 9 inch round cakes. I placed one cake, curved size down, on the plate. Then I leveled the 2nd cake, and put it cut-size down on top of the other. To form the river, first I frosted the top of the cake blue. Then I cut a channel from the scrap, and placed the two pieces on top of the cake.
The next step was frosting. I used a basic buttercream recipe, tinting about half of it green and a little bit blue. I added baking cocoa to about 1/3 of the frosting to create the brown for the path and rocks.
Next, I frosted the green parts, and finally I added the bike path. To clean up the transition along the edge of the path, I piped a line of chocolate frosting along the sides. I also piped chocolate frosting on the banks of the river, and used a wet finger to smooth it into place.
The bridge is, of course, 3 pretzel rods. I added some chocolate frosting rocks to the river, which caused a little bit of whitewater (white glittery gel icing). I also sprinkled some blue sugar into the river to add dimension.
We looked everywhere for a cake-sized bicycle. Could not find one, so I put some melted chocolate into a plastic bag, cut off a corner, and piped a bike shape onto wax paper.
The bike was too fragile to peel off the wax paper, so I just stuck it, wax paper and all, to the side of the cake. Once it was stuck, I was able to peel the wax paper off.
By the way, I found some cute little wire bicycle paperclips the very next day.
After all of that, what really matters is: does it taste good?
And the answer? Yes.
|These were the 10th & 12th birthday cakes.|
The boy likes his waterfalls...