Every year since my daughter was born 8 years ago now I have been making her birthday cake. Now I have two kids and love searching for the perfect party theme and then planning a birthday cake to go with it. The kids watch the construction which takes some time!
This year I tried something new and tried a whimsical cake and everyone loved it! One of my friends said that each year the cakes get better and better. I hope so since I have more practice. The cake part of the cake was made from scratch this year and each layer was different.
The largest bottom tier was a vanilla lemon cake with vanilla butter cream, the middle was a dark chocolate hazelnut fudge cake with vanilla butter cream, and the top was a sweet cream cake with fudge filling. The entire cake was decorated with fondant. Around the bottom are cake balls, my first time making them and I must say cake balls are so easy and soooo good.
All of the decorations were handmade, even the suckers which were made from rolled fondant. This was a fun cake to make and serve!
Coolest Bucket of Chocolate Peanut Butter Goodness Cake 3
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Homemade Bucket of Chocolate Peanut Butter Goodness Cake
Inspired by a random Facebook pic of what looked to be a cake with kit-kats standing around it and filled with M&M's, I decided to try and adapt it for my Reese's loving family
Warning! I'm pretty sure I gained 5lbs just creating this cake. All that sugary goodness in one place is probably illegal in a few states!
The bucket of chocolate peanut butter goodness cake is 2 boxes of cake mix. I made each box separately and baked them in a 10in round pan. Once cool, I stacked them and frosted with peanut butter frosting (really, just white frosting with peanut butter mixed in!).
I used buttercream frosting to stand 27 nutty bars on end surrounding the cake. The bars came up about 1/2 inch over the top of the cake which I then filled in with 1 family size package of Reese's miniatures and 1 king-size pack of Reese's pieces. Added the gold ribbon for looks and because I was paranoid of the bars falling down.
I presented to birthday boy and big brother and you can see that they approved!
For my dad's 72nd birthday, I knew that I wanted to create something fun. Everyone knows that my dad absolutely loves those gross little banana flavored circus peanuts and also rich chocolate cake. Put those two favorites together and here is what you get, a Circus Peanut Candy Shaped Cake!
The inside of the cake is a Mississippi mud cake (recipe from Planet Cakes in California). I then free handed the rest. This was the second cake that I have ever made.
Inside is 6 1" layers of Mississippi mud cake piled high, held together by dark chocolate ganache. Topped with dyed fondant. If you would like to see the pictures of each step feel free to email me and I'd be happy to share.
(By the way, you can see a real circus peanut sitting in front of the cake to give you a sense of how large this cake was.)
I made this Box of Candy cake for my husband for Valentine's day. It is a red velvet cake, covered in butter cream. I used marshmallow fondant that I tried to tint red. I am not very happy with my red, but next time I make this I may just order red fondant.
I traced out my heart onto fondant using the heart shaped pan I baked the cake in. Next, I cut out a second heart about an inch and a half wider. I then cut out a strip to go around box. I placed my baked cake on bigger heart, then placed the smaller heart on top of cake, then placed the strip around the whole cake.
I finished by making cake balls using chocolate cake and covering in almond bark for candy. I end up with a cake that is totally edible from top to bottom.