Sunday, September 29, 2013

A Football Stadium Birthday Cake


My older son turned 8!  This is unbelievable to me, that he could already be eight.  Eight.  I remember being eight.  I was in third grade, and I no longer felt little at all. 

I always make the kids a fairly complicated cake of their choosing.  This year he asked for a Pokémon card.  I stalled, redirected, stalled some more.  This was for two reasons.  First, do you know how complicated a Pokémon card is????  Second, I am SO bored with Pokémon.  I am sick of looking at Pokémon cards, playing Pokémon, listening to 15 minute lectures on the merits of various Pokémon, etc.  So I made a counter proposal of a football stadium cake, and he agreed!  Thank goodness!

This cake was actually very simple.  I made a chocolate sheet cake and frosted it green.  Then I baked a lemon pound cake recipe in two loaf pans.  I cut the loaves in half and placed the cut side down.  I shaved a thin slice off the top to make them angle down towards the field.  Then I iced them in white lemon buttercream frosting, which I also used to pipe in the lines on the field.  The tops of the pound cakes are covered with multicolored sprinkles to look like crowds of people.

The goal posts were the only part I couldn't figure out.  I put out a desperate call for ideas on Facebook, and a friend suggested bendy straws, which worked pretty well.  One post is clearly crooked in this picture, but it looked pretty good up until this point. 

So, compared to cakes from previous years, this was simple!  Only two cakes and only two colors of frosting.  And Joseph was happy.

On a side note, I love the way this picture turned out.  This is what happens when I turn my expensive camera to automatic (candlelight mode), rather than trying to be a better photographer than I really am. 
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