by Trish D.
(Gresham, OR, United Sates of America)
Homemade HALO Grunt Birthday Cake
Every year my children ask me to "make" their cake instead of purchasing a themed cake and every year the request's get a little more difficult!! Usually leaving me worried that last minute I would be making a "Mad Dash" the the local bakery or specialty ice cream parlor for a quick fix after my attempt. The kids seem to be impressed much more than I am with the finished product.
This year my son Dylan wanted a HALO Grunt Birthday Cake. After searching all over the internet for something to try to model it, I finally had to experiment on my own using a 6" figurine to model after. I used several different shapes, Pyrex small dessert bowls as well as rigging a Wilton cake rod in a large round Pyrex bowl so that the cake would bake evenly. It was overwhelming all the large, and several small cakes. I always freeze them before dirty icing them and then I make my own buttercream and pre-tint (making larger amounts) so that I do not have to attempt to match colors if I need more.
I just jumped in and this is what we ended up with??? Alien type cakes are not the prettiest cakes to get to decorate, however my son was elated!
My neighbor's son wanted a Halo party for his 6th birthday. He wanted Master Chief's helmet for his cake. We looked at a few pictures from the game and came up with this design.
We started with 2 9x13 cakes and 3 round cakes (each layer a different flavor). We stacked 2 of the round cakes on top of one of the 9x13 cakes and carved the back to make it even, we then carved the mouth piece of the helmet into the shape we needed. Then we cut the front of the 2 round cakes for the "plastic eye piece" to give it a little more shape.
Next we took the other 9x13 cake, stacked the other round cake on top, carved the visor part of the helmet and the top of the helmet. We frosted both pieces an army green except they eye part which was frosted white.
We used 2 yellow fruit roll-ups for the eye part, placed dowels in the bottom half so it wouldn't crush, and assembled the cake when we got to the party. The girl who helped with the party (it was at a skating rink) knew exactly what it was. We got a lot of ohs and awes from guests on the Halo cake.
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My step son wanted a Halo and Xbox cake for his 8th birthday, so we Googled some images and tried it out. The Xbox was easy, just 2 9x13 cakes stacked and covered in fondant. Should have leveled it off but was in a hurry. I used a paint brush and food coloring to add the details.
The Master Chief helmet had to be iced, as my son does not like to eat fondant. I stacked and iced 3 8 inch round cakes, and topped them off with half a ball cake, shaved like the top of a helmet. The visor was just a piece of cardboard I cut out. For the visor I used a piece of fondant.
My daughter and I created this Halo Master Chief cake for a 5 year old's birthday, though the kid isn't allowed to play the game, he still LOVES Halo.
We used 2 1/2 10" cakes and 2 1/4 8" cakes with a dense cake. We began carving and shaping and then crumb coated. The whole thing is fondant covered. The shield is sprayed with a gold and the rest of the helmet was army green and sprayed with a light coat of silver. The lights were purchased at a Michael's in the wedding section and placed into formed rice crispies. It was not as hard as it looked.