We recently had a small bowling party for our daughter, and this Homemade Bowling Birthday Cake was a hit!
We started with a 9x13 cake. For the frosting, I made a One Minute Caramel Frosting that I found a recipe for on the web. Once it completely cooled, I gently folded in about 2 tbsp. of store bought chocolate frosting and put it on the cake, making it as smooth as possible. This made the "wood grain" look of the lanes.
I then cut two snack-size ReeseStick candy bars in half at a 90-degree angle and placed them on the cake at one end to look like ball returns. I then used an upside-down rosette tip with chocolate frosting to pipe on the lanes from on top of the candy bar halves all the way down to the other end.
I placed Sixlets candy that I bought in the bulk candy section of the grocery store to use as the spare balls on the racks. I bought two sets of bowling pin candles, 6 pins and 1 ball in each set, at the grocery store across the road from the bowling lanes to set up in the lanes. Due to the limited space and number of candles I had, I made three rows with 1 in the first row, 2 in the second, and 3 in the third to make a pyramid.
Since they did not want to stand up, I heated the tip of a turkey lacing skewer and poked a hole in the bottom of the bowling pin candles. I then snapped round toothpicks in half and stuck the pointed end in the bottom of the candle and the broken end in the cake. This worked great to get the candles to stand up.
Since my daughter was turning ten, I used a bowling ball candle that came with the candle set to "knock" two of the candles over. I then wrote on the cake with the chocolate frosting, and did a border around the base to make it look complete.
This cake is easy enough for an amateur decorator to make, didn't cost a lot to make, and everyone was impressed at the party! Enjoy!