This Gumball Machine cake is an original creation I made for my son Zayden’s 5th Birthday. The day he was officially allowed to start chewing gum!

I made the base of the machine from a cake baked in a 9×13 pan – trimmed to shape. I baked the bubble top cake in a Pyrex bowl. Tip: It took quite a long time to cook through – make sure center is set or it would cave in. I paced a third piece – a small 1/2 circle at the top.

I iced with regular buttercream frosting and used fondant in bright primary colours to shape little *gumballs*. I also used the fondant rolled into thin lines to outline the shape the edges and the gumball slot. I was at a loss as to what to use for the money dial but finally found a bike lock key – perfect!