by Kasey Davis
(Lone Grove, OK)
Jared's 8th Birthday Carnival Craze Cake
This Popcorn Cake cake was my third cake to make and by far my favorite. It was soooo yummy too! For my flavors I decided to go with my sons two favorite things, Oreos and root beer. The popcorn bag is a five layer devils food chocolate cake (Pillsbury box mix). I added half a box of Jello brand Oreo pudding mix to the dry cake mix then followed the rest of the recipe on the box. I made the basic buttercream icing for the outside of the cake but then added the other Oreo pudding mix and more Oreo cookies crumbs to the filling recipe to go between all 5 layers. I put it back in the fridge to chill then carved the sides to make the folded look for the bag. I made 2 batches of the marshmallow fondant that Michelle gives (one red, one white) I rolled them out and used a pizza cutter to make strips to adhere to the sides of the cake and crimped the top to give it a realistic bag look.
For the hot dog I bought two pound cakes (one small, one big) because I wanted the "weiner/frank" to stick out both sides of the bun. I followed Michelle's instructions to create the hot dog but put my own spin on it. For added touch I used a toothpick with black watered down food coloring gel to make the grill marks and then used a clean toothpick to create the little "pucker" on each end.
I used the root beer icing for the buns - delicious. The french fries are so easy but are so realistic, I crushed up sugar crystal for "salt" and even ground a bit of pepper on top just for looks. If I would of had enough time I would have made a fountain drink cup with straw and lid to go with, but my sister told me to put the spatulas down and to walk away. LOL :) didn't want to stop I had way too much fun making this cake.
I'm a mom of two young children and 3 years ago I decided to try and make my own cake for my daughters birthday party. I made a giant Chinese take out box and everyone went nuts over it. So it's kinda been the big mystery/highlight of the their parties since...of what cake is mom going to come up with this year. It's kinda my gift to them and I love seeing the looks on their faces. I pick a theme and just go from there.
I am not a professional at all. It just goes to show you that if you're willing to be creative and have a bit of fun and with a good website like this one, anyone can do this, I'll never buy a store bought sheetcake again.
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