My 11 year old daughter asked for a Hunger Games Cake that included aspects of all the books: an arrow, a mockingjay, the lottery, the girl on fire. Wow!  I did some research on line and combined ideas that I found.

Hunger Games Cake Directions

  • I baked 2 layer cakes, 10 inch and 6 inch, so I would have room to include, “may the odds be ever in your favor” around the top of the bottom layer.
  • Each cake was covered in black fondant, which is not very forgiving. Luckily, I could cover up the flaws with the flames.
  • I used a flame pattern that I enlarged twice to get different sized flames.
  • I traced the flames onto red, yellow, and orange fondant, and cut them out with an Exacto knife. It took about 2 days to get everything traced and cut.
  • I stored the finished flames between waxed paper with a thin coating of Crisco to keep them pliable.
  • I then blended the fondant colors together and used the knife to cut out the letters of her name.
  • I knew that I didn’t have the skills to make a believable mockingjay, so I found a raven at the craft store (it was close to Halloween) and covered it in gold spray paint.
  • I knew I needed a light arrow that wouldn’t pull at the cake and fondant. I used the wide bubble straws and attached an arrow made of craft foam, then spray painted them gold. The different materials covered in spray paint gave a nice effect.
  • I had planned to use the flaming candles that shoot up about a foot above the cake, but her party was at a bowling alley, so that would have been a fire hazard.
  • I found gold “1” sparklers and thought that would look cool on top, but again, a fire hazard. Instead, I found long golden candles for the top. Not as dramatic, but they were pretty.

My daughter and her friends LOVED the cake. The parents asked me where I bought it. ;) It was a lot of work, but seeing her face and her excitement made it all worth it.