Winning Birthday Cake

Celebrating a board game lover's birthday? Our Winning Birthday Cake video shows you how to create an edible game board of your own.


Not a candy obsessed kid? Indulge his passion with this candyland-themed winning cake. It's bright, fun, and colorful. But using readymade candies and cookies means it doesn't require any special decorating tricks. To start, you'll need four-round cakes of any flavor, two 7-inch rounds and two 9-inch rounds. Make sure the cakes are fully cooled before you begin the assembly. Use a serrated knife to level the tops of the cakes. Put one 9-inch cake on your platter or cake stand and cover the top and sides with a very thin layer of vanilla frosting. This is called a crumb coat because it will keep crumbs from getting it to the final layer of frosting. Place the second 9-inch cake on top of the first and give it a crumb coat too. Now, cover these two layers with a final thick coat of frosting. Between the crumb coat and the final coat, you'll use one 16-ounce can of frosting for these two layers. Place one of the 7-inch cake rounds in the center of the 9-inch cake. Give it a crumb coat. Add the second 7-inch round. Give it a crumb coat and cover this entire top tier with another thick final layer of frosting. You'll use most if not all of the second can of frosting for this tier. Hitting your spatula and warm water for the final pass will make the frosting as smooth as possible. Now, it's time to decorate the cake. You'll start with the pack, which is made from colorful fruit juice like Starburst or Jolly Rancher juice. Microwave them three or four at a time for 5 seconds just to soften them. On a clean, hard surface, roll them flat with a rolling pin. Then, cut them into 1-inch squares. Press the squares into the cake starting at the base and winding your way up to the top. Depending on how you build the pack, you'll need 20 to 30 candies. Place a coiled one strand of red licorice into a spiral for the end of the rainbow. Then, use a few strands of red licorice to outline the sides of the path. Now, using a third can of vanilla frosting in a pastry bag, outline the edges of about a dozen crisp gingerbread men cookies. Sprinkle the frosted edges and colored sprinkles. Press the cookies into the base of the cake. Next, decorate the top of the 9-inch tier and the sides of the 7-inch tier with gum drops, peppermint candies and jujubes. Make a cluster of jujubes on the top tier of the cake. Then, add a cluster of three or four assorted lollipops around the jujubes. Now, let's make three ice cream cones using marshmallows to fill the bases. Add dollops of frosting to look like ice cream scoops and add candy sprinkles for a little extra color. Press the cones into the cake's top tier at different heights. Life is sweet when you serve this cake.

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