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!!

Buttercream recipe:

1 c unsalted butter

1 c Crisco shortening

1 pkg (2lbs)Powdered sugar

3 tsp. vanilla

2-3 individual vanilla coffee creamers

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!