For our granddaughter's sixth birthday she wanted a luau party. Since her birthday is in December her parents had to be creative. They held an inside luau complete with grass skirts and leis for her and three of her friends.
Her Luau birthday cake was a 9x13 French vanilla sheet cake decorated in a beach scene. I used a butter cream icing tinted with brown. With a star tip (#20), I used an up and down motion to create a bamboo look. For sand I used brown sugar and spread it on half of the cake. For water I used piping gel tinted blue and spread on the other half of the cake.
I used a star tip (#22) and piped a scroll border around the top edges of the cake in a slightly darker brown. I made red tropical flowers with yellow centers and green leaves and placed them randomly on the cake. I also made a beach hut from a plastic container in which I cut a rounded opening and glued and taped toothpicks to it.
The slanted roof was also made of toothpicks and secured to the hut with florist putty. To complete the scene, I placed palm trees and colorful umbrellas on the cake and a hula girl beside the cake. Happy birthday was floating in the water in red.
I created this Tiki cake for a Fathers Day Luau we had this year. The cake itself is a double layer chocolate fudge cake, made in two 9x13 pans.
I trimmed the cakes to make them square, but otherwise didn't do any shaping on this cake. The whole thing was frosted smooth with chocolate icing, then I used a fork dipped in black food coloring and drug it across the cake to create a wood grain effect. When I had the graining in place I then piped on the Tiki's features.
This guy was the centerpiece of the Luau and yummy besides!
My friend wanted a luau themed cake. I made this Luau Cake with Piped Hibiscus Flowers in a 12" circle cake and covered it in fondant. Then I put a plastic grass skirt around it. I piped several hibiscus flowers and put them around the circumference of the cake.
I used tinted blue piping gel for the water and brown sugar for the sand. I think it turned out well and she loved it.
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