My son was really into Indiana Jones and I wanted to make him something special for his birthday. I searched and searched and had brought together lots of ideas from lots of different places for this Indiana Jones cake.
The main "volcano" is hollowed out in the middle and there is a cup inside which I put dry ice and water in just before we brought it out to give it a smoldering look. The bridge over the volcano is a graham cracker with frosting and edged with chocolate chips.
The base is actually Styrofoam, but could be cake if you had a lot of people at the party (we had 7). I edged the whole thing with gummi worms and the "grass" is sugared green popcorn. The water is blue frosting applied to the aluminum covered Styrofoam base (sort of a waste, but I needed the look).
The smaller islands are stacked cupcakes, and the bridges are red vines stuck way down into the cupcakes and anchored with frosting. The planks on the bridges are halved cookie wafers and are attached to the ropes with...yep, you guessed it, more frosting.
The men, the boat and the treasure chest are all from his Indiana Jones Lego collection. The whole thing measures 18 inches wide, 36 inches deep, and the volcano topped out at just shy of 12 inches tall.
The whole project took about 9 hours to do (over the course of 3 nights). To see the look on my boy's face when we brought it out was worth every second.
My nephew wanted an Indiana Jones cake for his 9th birthday party. My mom initially suggested that I make Indy's famous fedora hat, but I felt that was way beyond my skill level. This is what I came up with instead:
The cake is a 9X13 sheet cake made from two box mixes. The frosting is buttercream, tinted with Wilton gels. After stacking the two cakes, I cut a 3"x4" rectangular-shaped hole about 1 1/2" deep into the top cake, leaving room for writing "Happy Birthday." The "pit" was frosted with black frosting.
To make the sand colored frosting, I used mostly the Golden Yellow gel with a bit of Brown gel. While the sand colored frosting was still wet, I smushed graham cracker crumbs all over. (Note: it was really hard to write on top of the cracker crumbs, I had to smooth most of the crumbs off so that I could get the frosting words to stick.)
The "snakes" are gummy worms with black buttercream frosting eyes. To create the "tripod and rope" for Indy to descend into the pit, I used three kabob sticks and the same string you would use on a roast or a turkey. To anchor the string into the frosting, I tied the end of the string onto a toothpick and poked it down into the cake.
I also made cupcakes using sand-colored frosting and graham cracker crumbs with a gummy worm "snake" on each one. The whole thing didn't take too long and my nephew loved it.