I made a Duncan Hines marble cake in a 13x9 cake pan, let it cool, then leveled off the top and cut in half to fill with fudge icing and restack (I just used store bought fudge icing for the filling). I then frosted the entire Bowling Birthday Cake with homemade chocolate buttery butter cream frosting (Totally to die for! : 1 cup solid white vegetable shortening, ½ tsp Wilton Clear Vanilla, ½ tsp Wilton Butter flavor, 4 TBSP milk, 1 lb powdered sugar –sifted, ¾ c. cocoa.YUM!)
Next, I looked through Microsoft Word for a clip art picture of bowling that I thought would be fun to create on a cake and printed it onto computer paper. Using clear piping gel and a #3 writing tip I traced the outlines of the picture onto parchment paper and then flipped the tracing onto my frosted cake. It’s really important to then “trace” the piping gel onto the cake with your finger before removing the parchment paper. After carefully removing the parchment paper I went to work with all my different colors of frosting (I only use Wilton’s coloring gels because they don’t thin down frosting like store bought liquid food coloring does – plus, they give a better, true color). I used a #3 writing tip to outline each area one by one and then used a #16 star tip to fill in the rest.
For the “Happy Birthday” I also used a #3 writing tip with black frosting and then re-traced around the letters with gray. On the bottom border of the cake I used a #21 star tip and made a shell border. All the tools used can be found in Wilton’s Course 1 Decorating Book.
My daughter wanted a shark cake for her 6th birthday. She was having a bowling party, so I thought it would be fun to combine the two and make a Bowling Alley Shark Birthday Cake Design. I saw some other cakes on the internet that had a sharks head and those as inspiration.
I make a two layer 9x13 cake for the base. I baked 2 six inch round cakes and cut them in half and placed them side by side to make the sharks head. I trimmed a little off the bottom so it would site flat against the cake. I also cut out a little to on the inside so it would look like a mouth. I used one of the left over pieces to make the fin. I crumb coated it and covered the shark with gray homemade buttercream. I made the inside of the mouth red and added two rows of white chocolate chips as teeth.
I put a bowling lane on the cake and attached the shark with wood dowels. I found a miniture bowling set at the toy store and put the pins in the sharks mouth. The rest of the cake was frosted to look like water. The fish and jellyfish friends were made from nolded soft candies
The only issue with the cake is that the mouth needed to be hollow for the pins to fit inside, but it also took away some of the support, so eventually after a couple hours the sharks mouth started to close a little.