I called my dad to ask him what flavor cake he wanted for his birthday, so we started talking. He wanted a yellow cake with cream cheese icing, a regular sheet cake. I asked him what his favorite color was, and he said, “Hmm, well I guess blue or green. That’s really what I love about the mountains, all of the blues and greens with the scenery up there.”
BINGO! A mountain cake for my dad, since that’s his favorite place to be. I went back and forth on what sort of design I wanted to make, and since this was a smaller gathering, went with a standard size. The bottom cake is a 9×13 sheet cake, and the “mountain” cake is chocolate, baked in a doll cake pan for the shape. Placed the mountain cake on a cake board, and inserted dowel rods in the sheet cake to hold it up.
I spread cream cheese icing on the cake and butter cream on the cake board to prepare for making the river. I used piping gel, and tinted it blue. The chocolate mountain cake is iced with chocolate icing, then topped it with cream cheese icing for the snow cap effect. My dad has been talking about how much he would love to get an RV and travel in the mountains, so I found a matchbox motor home and threw that in there as well.
I bought the trees and bushes from the local cake/candy store. These worked out great, and I was very happy with how they looked, the different colors of green.
I made this picnic table cake for a family camping weekend after seeing similar cakes on this site and other websites. It was my first attempt at this kind of cake.
It is a 10" square cake with chocolate frosting. The picnic blanket is marshmallow fondant - two colors cut into squares and made into a checkerboard pattern. The plates, dill pickles, watermelon and lettuce is made using a jolly rancher type chewy fruit candy.
The hamburger buns are Nilla cookies. Grill marks were added using black piping gel and cocoa. I also used that trick on the bacon slices which were made using caramel squares flattened and sliced into strips. Caramel squares were also molded for the chicken drumsticks (coated with chocolate icing and rolled in cereal crumbs). The worms were also caramel squares.
Ketchup and mustard was just colored icing and the relish was green icing mixed with sugar to give it a more chunky appearance. The cheese on the burger was white chocolate colored orange. The potato chips were also white chocolate with cocoa and finely grated cookie crumbs.
The ant hill was iced leftover cake pieces with crumbled cookie crumbs and cocoa. Ants, caterpillar and the fly on the burger were mini m&ms. Wings on the fly were small flattened pieces of caramel square.
The cake was a big hit at our family event and I'm sure they will all be requesting similar cakes at all our get-togethers from now on.