We had my son's 5th birthday party at a local bowling alley. They took care of everything except for the cake, which was fine by me because I love to decorate birthday cakes! I also did the goody bags which included t-shirts for each of the guests with "Tyler's Tenpins" written on the back.
The bowling cake was a chocolate cake done in a round ball-shaped cake pan. I frosted it and then used fondant, swirled with blue dye, for a smooth surface to look like a swirly bowling ball. The finger holes were also made from fondant.
The bowling pins are made from chocolate chip cookie cake - I pressed cookie dough into a flat pan and cooked it as directed. When it was mostly cooled I cut the 3 bowling pins out. I cut fondant to layer on top of the pins with a little bit of frosting underneath to act as "glue". The red stripes were simply "fruit by the foot".
This ended up being the "adult cake" because I also made miniature bowling pin cookies (using another sheet of cookie cake and a mini bowling pin cookie cutter and fondant) as well as bowling ball cupcakes with blue frosting and 3 M&M's as finger holes. I served the cupcakes along-side miniature bowling pin cookie to the kids.
I'm pretty sure the kids were all on a sugar-high by the time they went home that afternoon, but everyone loved the cakes and they tasted great, too! I had a lot of fun making these and was proud of the way they came out.
This Bowling Alley Birthday Cake was fun to make! I didn't have to bake this time, as I had a friend who gave me a 1/4 sheet unfrosted cake that she had leftover from her son's birthday party. I cut the cake vertically and stacked them on top of each other with a layer of frosting in between.
When the cake was totally frozen, I frosted the entire thing. I rolled out my white fondant and laid it over the top, and then trimmed the excess, so it just covered the top of the cake. I then painted on brown icing color which came out very dark. So, I used a wet paper towel to remove some of the color and it actually helped to make the fondant look like realistic wood.
Then we made bowling balls out of fondant and icing dye swirled together and poked holes in them with a toothpick dipped in brown icing dye. The bowling ball holder is also fondant and so are the gutters. The bowling pins are from the dollar store and I just attached them with a little frosting on the bottom. The sides of the cake I frosted with a dyed tan frosting and then piped in red to pull it all together.
Oh, the arrows on the lane which you can hardly see were the pointed tips of candy corn, BUT it was a caramel chocolate candy corn that I found at Walmart, it was the only flavor with dark brown tips!
Very fun cake and was a hit at my son's bowling party!