For a joint party we had a luau everyon wanted a different cake so we compromised. This one was for a 12 year old girl. We just baked a regular box mix in 2 square pans. I 1 layer and cut it right in half from corner to opposite corner to make the bottom. The other layer I cut the same way and then rounded one of the corners to make the fuller part and trimmed the top corner to make the strap connection. I froze the cake for about 10 minutes after cooling. Then I did a thin layer of icing and refroze for about 5 minutes. I took a plastic knife and a bowl of water. I dipped the knife in the water and used it to smooth the icing. I refroze for about 5 minutes. I had already mixed the color up so I smoothed it on with a small spatula following my pattern. I froze for 5 minutes and smoothed the icing out with the plastic knife and water again. I froze for about 5 more minutes. Then I drew circles on the suit. We used different colored sprinkles to make the circles. For the straps i just piled icing up and covered it with sprinkles. We refroze the cake until the morning of the party. we did it 2 days ahead.
I got asked to make this cake by a store manager at work, so of course I said yes! Her friend was looking at a picture from Pinkcakebox's website and asked if I could make it or something close to it.
The middle tier is styrofoam because they didn't need that much cake, but the top cake is yellow and the bottom is marble. I made this cake in one night (don't try this at home it's nerve wracking!) This cake took about 8 pounds of fondant including the decorations. I bought a real sea shell and pushed the purple fondant into it to make the shells. I cut out a piece of paper almost in the shape of a heart without the point and used it to cut out flower petals for the flowers.
The flowers are made from gumpaste (take 1# fondant and add 1/2-1 tsp tylose and 1/4 tsp shortening).
I used dry food coloring powder to color the flowers , along with cranberry colored luster dust to cover the pink parts of the cake and Smokey Amethyst for the purple parts.
To make the skirt I used a pizza cutter and rolled it over and over. As for the border, I rolled orange balls and used Wilton's gumpaste tool set to press sea shells onto each one.
This Luau birthday cake was for my daughter's 8th birthday. We had a pool party and a luau! I had so much fun making this cake. First, I used a VERY large cake pan (12x18x2) for the bottom layer of the cake, and 2 (9x13) for the top layer. You could use just 1 (9x13) for the top, but it will not give you as good of a drop for your waterfall!
I chilled the cake, and cut out the waterfall and pond at the bottom. I filled in the water first, with WHITE frosting, which I sprayed with Wilton blue frosting spray. This gives the water an amazing look, like it is actually flowing, with white caps on the water at the base of the waterfall.
Then, I frosted the rest of the cake with green frosting. I piped green around the bottom of the entire cake, and added flowers and "grass" out of frosting. I used green fruit roll-ups, green gumdrops, and large pretzels for the palm trees, then printed the Happy Birthday sign on the computer and wrapped it around the pretzels. The Hula boy and girl were absolutely necessary and came from a party store near-by!