Creative Guy turns 7 in a week or so. His birthday party was today. It was a Ninja party. He requested a Lego Ninjago cake. Specifically Kai, the red Ninja. I believe I have created a monster.
So I did my research and found a site where someone had created a great Kai cake. Then found a site that had an outline of a Lego Man. Awesome. Then realized that if I was going to do this cake right, I needed to use fondant. It's not a super easy material to work with, it's expensive to purchase and many people don't like the texture or taste of it. I had found recipes online for homemade fondant using marshmallows and so last week I made my own. It was super easy to make. I waited until there was no one home so they didn't see the complete mess I made of all the counters with powered sugar everywhere. But it came out well, if a little sticky. Still have to work on that.
I was going to bake the cake on Thursday but the power was out and I had the boys with me and it just wasn't working. Friday I schlepped all the stuff down to Old Church and used their kitchen to bake the cakes and then put it together. I made a yellow cake from a recipe in the Betty Crocker cookbook circa 1970, with the addition of a box of vanilla pudding to add some moisture. It came out sooooooooo goooooooodddddd. Then I found a recipe online for a strawberry whipped cream filling. Yummmmmm. I had to ice it all with a buttercream frosting to make the fondant stick, but I think I will see if I can figure out something else for that.
Anyway, long story, many hours later the cake actually came out well. I had red and black mottled hands for a little while after mixing in the coloring and some of the fondant tore but overall it was a huge hit. Not perfect but awesome. Creative Guy was really excited about it too...which makes all of the project worth it! I am especially proud of the star/fire guy on the sash. That was all freehand...I sweat over that one.