This birthday cake was made for a friends daughter who loves camo! It is a standard 2 layered round chocolate cake, covered with a buttercream crumb coat and rolled Marshmallow Fondant. The MMF was tinted three different colors, grey, light pink and dark pink. It took one large batch of MMF to cover the entire cake, I left a small amount untinted to add the 4th color to the camo! Marshmallow fondant is a tasty and easy to make version of fondant. It simply takes 16 oz of marshmallows and a bag and a half of icing sugar. Melt the marshmallows in a large glass bowl in the microwave( make sure bowl is greased with Crisco)with 3TBSP of water. It takes about 1 1/2 minutes, once melted start stirring in the sifted icing sugar. Keep adding sugar until it resembles a stiff dough. It shouldn't be too sticky, you may have to grease your hands with Crisco to knead the dough until it is smooth. At this point knead in your coloring! For this cake I tore the 4 colors up into small chunks and put them in a pile and then rolled them out flat so that the colors would blend a little bit. Crumb coat your cake with Buttercream icing then cover with the rolled out fondant. Don't use too much Buttercream icing for the crumb coat or your fondant will appear uneven. Smoothe fondant onto the cake gently using your hand and a smoother. Add any decorations that you would like. I used a hand rolled pearl border made from a little bit of left over fondant as well a bow and a hand stamped plaque for the message. My friends daughter loved the cake!
My friend Suzanne and I met when we were in the 7th grade. Now we are in our 40s, and each year I have had the privilege of making her son Aiden's birthday cakes. This year, Suzanne planned a Nerf dart tag party for Aiden (like paintball, only with Nerf projectiles) for his 7th birthday. We were brainstorming cake ideas, and Suzanne suggested a camouflage cake or a cake that looked like a target. I thought it would be fun to combine the two. I made a two-layer, 10" round cake and covered it with a chocolate icing crumb coat. I drew the camouflage pattern freehand with the tip of a knife, then filled in the sections with the colored icing using a small tapered spatula. I used a round cooling rack to imprint the target pattern in the top of the cake, then filled in with the orange and black icing using a pastry bag with a star tip. The target has 7 rings, for 7 years, with a candle in each ring. The finishing touch was two bullet holes, which were made by inserting a clean mascara tube to make the hole. I then used a wide leaf tip to pipe large orange "petals" coming out around the hole, then finished by using a toothpick dipped in black icing to give it the burned look by streaking the orange petals. It was easy, so much fun, and a big hit with the first-grade crowd.