This Chipmunk Stump birthday cake all started around my niece just liking chipmunks. So I started looking on the internet for ideas and couldn't find just one I really liked so I came up with this.
I started by baking 5 8" round cakes. I took 2 of the cakes and stacked them on top of one another and put on a crumb coat layer with butter cream icing. I then took 2 more cakes and did the same. I always like to freeze mine overnight. So I fully wrapped them in cling wrap and put them in the freezer for overnight. I just set the extra cake in the refrigerator for the night.
The night before I also made the acorns and mushrooms for the cake. To make the acorns, I started by getting some peanut butter candy melts. I had a mold for lollipops so I melted the candy and filled the lollipop molds and then I set Hersey kisses on top and waited for them to dry.
To make the mushrooms I used white vanilla bark and pretzels. I used the same lollipop molds to make the small mushrooms by melting the white vanilla bark and sticking a small pretzel in it. To make the big mushrooms I used measuring cups and put just a little bit of melted vanilla bark in the bottom then stuck a big pretzel in the back.
The next day, I took the cakes out of the freezer. I put the first 2 cakes on my 14 X 14 cake board. I then added some dowels in the cake for support. I then stacked the other 2 cakes on top. After that I took the extra cake and cut off pieces to form the roots of the tree trunk.
Next I made dark brown butter cream icing and then light brown butter cream icing. I took the spatula and spread the light brown icing on one side to make the hole in the tree. I then took a round cookie cutter and pressed it on the cake to make the outline for a round tree hole.
Next I used a star tip and the dark brown icing and began going from top to bottom to make the tree bark. I then used the star tip and the light brown icing and went in a circular pattern to make the top of the tree stump.
Next I made some green butter cream icing and used the grass tip and put grass all around the tree. I am not good at making leaves so I used fake ivy leaves and flowers and wrapped it around the cake. I also purchased the chipmunk.
After that I added the acorns, mushrooms, and a few gummy worms. I also found some little editable bees and flowers and put them on the cake along with the name and happy birthday.
I find for most cakes it is all in the little details that really make a cake. My niece was really excited to have this for her 16th birthday!