My son wanted a Homemade Legend of Zelda Birthday Cake Design for his birthday. I used a 12x8x2in oblong, and 8in round cake pan. I used a Duncan Hines Swiss chocolate cake on bottom, vanilla on top. My son wanted a scene out of the game so I tried to recreate a "bird’s eye view" from inside a dungeon. My son is left handed and so is Link the main character in the game. I printed a picture from the internet of Link swinging a sword and laminated it, saving it to put on the top of cake after finishing it.
Meanwhile, I made a big batch of homemade butter cream frosting and tinted in two shades of green. Also, made a batch of marshmallow fondant found on the internet. I had never worked with fondant before but researched plenty before making and decorating. I tinted some of the marshmallow fondant in gray, rolled it out as best I could to make the floor of the dungeon.
I used graham crackers and fondant to make the treasure chest. I unfortunately didn’t quite get it scaled the proper size but I made it work. Special thanks to my artist daughter Lisa for helping me with shaping the fondant. We molded the marshmallow fondant into rocks and boulders, a door, a stump, a flower, jewels for the treasure chest and the boomerang, spear, and bombs on the side cake. I piped the darker green butter cream as grass. I used the grass tip (Wilton #233). I piped a shell border on the main cake using Wilton tip #18. Skeleton, ghost, and bat are soft plastic toys stuck down into the fondant. The horse is a hard plastic toy. The pillar that the bat is on is a Grecian cake pillar stuck down into the cake. I used a dowel inside of the pillar to the set the bat on. If you look close enough, you can see that I used a small piece of fondant to cover the top of the pillar, I allowed the dowel to poke out (thru the fondant) just enough for the bat to sit upon and it held it up securely. Finally, I added the laminated pic on top of the cake to make it look like Link was fighting the ghost and skeleton. I added it once we got to the party site along with figure of Link on the side cake.
Link is a polymer clay figure and it was a total surprise for my son! He didn’t know I ordered that from an old high school friend who makes things like this. It turned out to be a part of his gift from us. It’s a keepsake that I know he will treasure for always. You should have seen his face when he saw his “finalized” cake!! He was thrilled. This cake was so much fun!!
Cream butter and Crisco until creamy and fluffy. Then add vanilla. Beat until creamy again. Add powdered sugar a little at a time, alternating it with an individual vanilla coffee creamer and well blended and it looks fluffy but spreadable. I usually allow the mixer to beat for approximately 5-7 minutes for it be perfectly smooth and fluffy. Delicious!