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.