Cake by Megan C., Abilene, Texas

I made this cake for my twins’ Second Birthday Picnic. It is a three-layer nine-inch round cake first frosted with white butter cream icing. The "picnic blanket" is a large square made of white rolled fondant. I then kneaded in turquoise food coloring and cut more rolled fondant into squares with a ruler and attached to the white to create the check pattern.

The "plates" are also made of rolled colored fondant. The hamburger, hot dog and watermelon are "gummy" candy that I found on this fun website on how to decorate cakes.

After placing the picnic blanket and food onto the top of the cake I made an "ant hill" with a mound of icing covered with Grape Nuts cereal. The ants are piped on with brown icing. I finished the cake by piping on green icing with a grass attachment. Small gumdrops around the bottom add a little more color.

Picnic Table Cake

Cake by Michelle K., Ambler, PA

Picnic Table Cake

Cake by Shayla T., West Jordan, UT

Picnic Table Cake

For my daughter’s second birthday party we had a picnic in the park. The cake went along with the picnic theme with ants marching across a red-and-white checkered picnic blanket.

Here are a few tips for how to decorate cakes like these: Place squares of strawberry fruit-by-the-foot over white frosting made the checkered pattern.

I came up with the idea because I didn’t want to deal with making red frosting. To me it’s such a hassle to tint and tends to stain everything.

Picnic Table Cake

The “grass” on the side of the cake is green frosting piped on with a leaf tip. The ants and letters were made with melted chocolate chips and a little trick that made it really easy. Using a Ziploc baggie with the corner snipped off I piped them all on wax paper instead of doing them freehand directly on the cake. Then I just cooled them in the fridge before peeling them off and placing them on the cake.

The ants are marching in the shape of a number “2” for my daughter’s age.

This cake was a hit and it was very easy to do.