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Homemade Easy to Make Rainbow Candy Birthday Cake and Cupcakes

by Jamie
(North Carolina)

My son was turning 8 years old and really wasn't into any particular theme or character. It was easy when he was little with the whole, Thomas Tank phase, Transformers etc. So after racking my brain trying to pick out his list of "favorite things" it hit me! His favorite food: chocolate cake. His favorite type of candy: Sour. His favorite way to pick on his mom: laughing at the faces I make when I try his sour candy. Combining all three: Priceless! So off to the store I went to buy a bucket load of Airheads Xtremes Rainbow Berry Sweetly Sour Belts! I'm not kidding, that is their real name, quite a mouthful, no pun intended. In addition I picked up some other favorites which included, sour lifesaver gummies, super sour gumballs( Airhead brand I believe), sour gumdrops, rainbow Twizzlers, rainbow sprinkles, lollypops, candles and candy letters. So I made the cake with store bought batter and frosting as well as cupcakes. Then I used the candy like decorations. I "glued" the gumballs and drops with a line frosting by placing some of it in a decorating bag with a tip and piping it around the bottom. The Twizzler Rope is held up by placing cut lolly pop sticks in the tips of the candy and then into the sides of the cake to hold the weight and again using frosting as glue. For the gumdrop/sour belt ribbons simply insert a toothpick into a gumdrop and insert it into a folded ribbon then into the cake. For the sprinkles, I cut a piece of wax paper slightly smaller than the cake and placed it on top. Covered the top with sprinkles, then removed the was paper. If you try this, slightly press the sprinkles into the frosting. Then I placed sour lifesavers on top as candle holders and added the lettering.
For the cupcakes I inserted rainbow lollypops in some and made candy kabobs using lollypop sticks and alternating candy in different patterns. In the end, this was the easiest, cheapest, most fun cake I have made yet, and to this date, everyone's favorite. On a side note, all the extra, unused candy was placed in goody bags for the guests!

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