Cake by Leanne C., Fort St. John, BC, Canada

This cake was easier than I thought. I used two cake mixes, one mix for the sheet cake and used part of the second cake for the mats under the beam. I tried for the first time using Fondant Icing for the beam and the mats as well as the words "happy birthday".

For the birthday cake decorating recipe I used the recipe of about 16 marshmallows, micro for about 1.5 min with a tablespoon of water. Then you add icing sugar to the marshmallows and kneed it in until it isn’t sticky anymore. I then added food coloring. It was fun to work with.

I used Kit Kat bars for the balance beam. I put a piece of cardboard under it to make it secure and then wrapped it with the icing. I then stuck a piece of Kit Kat on either side and placed the beam on top. There you have it.

Cake by Tina M., Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada

Gymnastics Birthday Cake Decorating Idea

My daughter’s 8th birthday was at the local gymnastics club. I searched every birthday cake decorating website I could find for a Gymnastics cake idea. I decided to start looking for a gymnastics Barbie and I ended up finding a Bratz sports gymnastic doll instead (which was even better considering my daughter is into Bratz this week!).

I started with 1 and a 1/2 Duncan Hines cake mixes poured into a cookie sheet approximately 3/4 of the way full, for the bottom (the mat). I used the left over mix and poured it into a 750ml rectangular baking dish for the mat on the top. Make sure the pans are greased and floured. I used Wilton’s decorating tip #16 for the icing and just picked colors to match the Bratz doll.

I used toothpicks tied into an X and taped 4 wooden skewers together for the balance beam and added the accessories that came with the doll. It’s an idea I came up with and I hope it gives others a place to start.