Hoop It Up Cake
Get into the action by making our Hoop It Up cake, perfect for your sports fanatic's next birthday bash.
Kiddie loving kids will go crazy for this cat cake. Creating the cat's head requires no complicated shaping. You just bake the cake in a mixing bowl and store-bought elements like fruit juice and licorice make it easy to add the details of the cat's face. For the cake, you'll need one batch of yellow cake baked in an oven-proof 2.5 quart bowl so it bakes up in a dome shape. Be sure the cake is completely cool before you begin decorating it. For the cat's fur, add blue food coloring to a 16-ounce can of vanilla frosting in a bowl and mix until it's blended. Scoop one cup of the blue frosting into a pastry bag with a medium tip or you can use a freezer-weight zip-top plastic bag with the corner snipped off. Spoon another 3/4 of a cup of vanilla frosting into another pastry bag with a fine tip. Put another 3 tablespoons of vanilla frosting in the small bowl. Add a few drops of red food coloring and blend to tint the frosting pink. Now, it's time to put together the cat's face. For the ears, cut 2 g crackers into 3-inch triangles with a serrated knife. Cut 2-3 inch slits on the top of the cake and insert the ears. Spread the front of the ears with the pink frosting. Now, spread the rest of the cake with the blue frosting. Now, we will add the cheeks. We made too many powdered donuts covered an icing and coconut flakes. Pipe the blue frosting to outline the cat's ears. For the fur, either pipe individual hairs like this or you can also use a fork to pull the frosting outward into little peaks. To make the eyes, cut one regular marshmallow in half crosswise. Add a junior mint as the pupil using a dot of vanilla frosting to adhere it. Then, pipe a white dot at the edge of each eye to make it twinkle. Attach the eyes above the cheeks. Use the vanilla frosting to pipe some tufts of white fur on the cat's forehead and chin. Soften three pink or red fruit juice in the microwave for 3 seconds. Flatten one and shape it into the tongue. Press the remaining two tubes together to shape the cat's nose. Attach the tongue and nose to the cake with a frosting. Outline the cheeks with strands of black licorice laces and insert several strands as whiskers. Perfection.
Does your child have the ultimate sweet tooth? Try our Lotsa Lollies Cake. This birthday surprise is definitely Lollipop Guild approved.
Even if the summer or winter games are far away, this Olympic cake is perfect for a sports theme birthday. Using paper templates, makes it easy to create the perfectly round circles of those iconic interlocking olympic rings. To start, you'll need a 9 x 13 inch dense cake like pound cake. Check the package directions on your box of yellow or devil's food cake mix for how to make a pound cake variation. Level the top with a serrated knife. Next, cut 5-3/4 inch circles from paper to form the Olympic rings. Then, cut five smaller 5-1/4 inch circles. These will help us create the center of the Olympic rings. Arrange the five larger outer circles on the cake to form the shape of the Olympic rings. Use toothpicks to hold the pattern in place. Next, cut around the paper pattern using a serrated knife. Transfer the cake to a serving platter. Put one cup of whipped vanilla frosting from a 12-ounce can in a medium bowl and use it to frost the entire top of the cake. Add a thin layer of frosting to the sides as crumb coat. Divide the remaining frosting in the can plus the frosting from a second 12-ounce can between five balls and using gel food color. Tint each ball a different color, black, red, yellow, green, blue. Scrape each ball of frosting into a resealable plastic bag. Snip the ends. Gently place the larger paper circle back on the cake to indicate the outside of each ring and trace around them with a toothpick to make a guideline. Then gently place the smaller paper circles on the cake to indicate the inside of each ring and trace around them with a toothpick to make a guideline. Continue marking the cake with all five rings. These outlines will serve as the roadmap for your coloring scheme. It's good to have a photo of the Olympic rings handy to use for reference paying attention to how the rings overlap each other. Patience and diligence are the key ingredients in this cake design. Now spread the remaining colored frosting on to the sides of the cake matching it to the colors of the rings. Smooth the pipe frosting with a small spatula heated in hot water. Finally, decorate the cake with paper flags before serving.
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