I used 9 inch round pans to make the cake (any smaller, and you wouldn't have enough room to decorate). Cool cake and cut irregular lake shape out of one layer, can freeze first to make a little easier to cut. Either use buttercream tinted brown or chocolate buttercream to ice the cake. The lake will look more blue if you use white icing for lining the water area. Make sure you thoroughly cover all area of lake well, because you're going to be filling it with jello!
Make a box of blue jello using the quick set method, fill the lake, and chill to set firmly. Tent was made from pretzel sticks and a fruit roll up; sun and fire from softened/molded starburst; rocks under fire and around lake are choc covered raisins; trees made from rolled out gumdrops, cut out with tiny leaf cookie cutter; canoe from an Airhead (oar from pretzel/piece of caramel); bumblebees from M&Ms or jelly beans - use tiny tip to decorate, add wings with almond slivers; ladybugs from M&Ms; flower bucket from gumdrop/licorice rope; pipe on greenery on sides and add tiny decorating flowers; dragonflies just piped from icing. Decorate teddy grahams ahead of time, put where desired.
This was a fun cake to make, got a ton of compliments!
My partner is a keen camper and we like to camp in quite out the way places. This cake is a Dundee cake (his favourite) and because of the effect I want to create I iced it the risen side up to get a bumpy ‘rough ground effect’. I used some apricot jam and then iced it and the board in green fondant using the all in one method.
This camping cake was a great fun cake to make as I could really personalize it. The tent I made using a cardboard template and used a 50/50 mix of petal paste and fondant, I cheated a bit and left the cardboard template in place. I then made the end of a sleeping bag and stuck his little feet out of the door.
We like to camp in places we can have camp fires so I included a campfire and some cooking equipment and mug, which I wrote his name on. The pitch number was made with a cocktail stick and piece of paper and it was 42 as that was his age.
All the accessories were made with modelling paste and the river was made with blue royal icing and then dusted with the pearlised petal dust to make it look like water.
This Camp Site Birthday Cake was for our son's 5th birthday. The base is a 9x13 cake iced in green. I made another cake and poured batter in a small Pyrex bowl and the rest in an 8x8 pan. We cut a circle form the 8x8 as the base of the tent. We iced it and put the round cake on top. We put icing on it and wrapped it in a fruit roll-up after we cut out a doorway. We put crushed Oreos inside the tent. Campfire as crushed Oreos and crushed Iced Animal crackers as dirt and ash; with pretzel sticks and grey M&Ms for stones. The trees were made with pretzel rods and for the top I used some green gummy candy I got from a candy store. I put a tooth pick down the center of the pretzel rod and layered the gummy candy to make the leaves.
The bike was the coolest part to me! My husband made it from Oreos, pretzel sticks and a marshmallow seat. He "glued" it together with a tube of chocolate cookie icing and let it set up - it never fell apart and stood on the cake perfectly. It was fun to make and tasted great too!