Since Alice was three and Jake was one I’ve made them a cake from a molded cake pan – you know, a shape or character. Okay so we’ve just used the same Dora and Elmo cake pans, but hey, it’s the thought that counts!
This year I made a gumball cake for Jake – thank goodness for eBay! I searched one day just in case a gumball mold had been made at some point – only to discover yes one had been made…back in 1987. Thanks to eBay I managed to score one and received it in the mail early last week.
It was super easy to decorate – three colors (really just two) and the gumballs! I suppose I could have squished the icing together more so you can’t see the chocolate cake underneath, but it still looks great.
Alice’s cake was a big tougher – she wanted a strawberry. Unfortunately a strawberry mold isn’t out there, only Strawberry Shortcake is. I figured making one myself couldn’t be that hard – a heart shape, something for the seeds and leaves. And so I made the circle cake and the square cake and cut the circle in half. Only then did I realize how much more the circle cake rose up! Rather then cutting down the circle cake, I cut the edges of the square cake and filled it in. Needless to say it didn’t look like anyone on Duff’s team of awesome cake makers was here helping! I wasn’t sure it would even work out – but check it out, very cool! I used chocolate chips for the seeds and a few fake leaves for the leaves. It turned out great. I even dyed the cake batter pink.