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- Cut a 13x9-inch cake, as shown, in the shape of a basketball jersey. (Watch the video, below, if you'd like to see the technique in more detail.)
- Frost the entire cake with blue decorating frosting. Create stripes along the armholes with candy-coated milk chocolate pieces. Use candies to write "All-Star" and a number (perhaps the age of the birthday boy) in the center of the jersey.
- Decorate the bottom edge of the jersey with Yellow Cutout Stars and red shoestring licorice.
This cake is a slam dunk for your birthday all-star. Frost it in his favorite team colors, and decorate the cake with his age or his jersey number.
Yellow Cutout Stars: In a small bowl, combine 1/3 cup white frosting, 1/2 cup powdered sugar, and a few drops of yellow food coloring. Add additional powdered sugar until mixture is firm enough to roll out. On a surface lightly dusted with powdered sugar, roll the frosting mixture to a 1/4-inch thickness. Use a small star cookie cutter to cut out stars from the frosting mixture.
- Prepare, bake, and cool two 13x9-inch cakes.
- Change oven setting to 325 degrees F. Grease a 6-inch ovenproof bowl. Mix the batter for a 1-layer-size cake. Spread evenly in prepared bowl. Bake until a wooden toothpick inserted near center comes out clean. Cool cake in bowl on a wire rack for 15 minutes. Remove cake from bowl; cool completely on wire rack.
- Frost one 13x9-inch cake with yellow frosting.
- Trim the remaining 13x9-inch cake into the shape of a bowling pin. Place on top of the yellow-frosted cake. Frost bowling pin layer with white frosting.
- If necessary, trim the 6-inch round cake to make a flat bottom. Place on the bowling pin layer, rounded side up.
- Frost with chocolate frosting. Arrange tea-light candles on the chocolate layer to resemble holes in a bowling ball. Cut red fruit leather lengthwise into thin strips. Position three strips at top of bowling pin to make stripes.
Who needs ten pins when a single pin will bowl over the birthday boy and all his party guests!
Editor's Tip: Delight party guests with different tastes by making each cake a different flavor.
- Place one round cake layer on a serving plate. Frost top with caramel frosting. Top with a second round cake layer. Frost entire cake with caramel frosting.
- Frost a cupcake with white frosting.
- Place white and chocolate decorating frostings in separate resealable bags and cut off a very small corner of each bag.
- Using the photo as a guide, pipe white frosting details onto cake to make stitching and outline fingers on the mitt. Pipe on more detail using chocolate frosting.
- Use red decorating frosting to pipe seams on the baseball cupcake. Place the cupcake on the mitt.
Play ball! With a birthday cake mitt and a cupcake ball, your little all-star has everything he needs for a birthday winner.
- Using a serrated knife, cut a 13x9-inch cake crosswise into thirds.
- Spread chocolate frosting over the top of each cake piece.
- Place white frosting in a resealable plastic bag and snip off small corner.
- Decorate the top of each cake like a domino, piping lines crosswise with white frosting and making desired number dots with white candy-coated milk chocolate pieces.
It's game time. Line up the dominoes for a birthday celebration that will knock over the birthday boy!
Editor's Tip: White candy-coated milk chocolate pieces can be found at specialty candy stores, or omit the white chocolate pieces and pipe white frosting dots on the cake instead.
- Prepare, bake, and cool a brownie in a 13x9-inch baking pan lined with greased foil.
- Remove brownie from pan and peel off foil. Transfer to flat cake board.
- Frost with chocolate frosting. Place dark chocolate frosting in a resealable plastic bag. Snip off a small corner. Pipe frosting to form the collar and pocket. Use candy-coated milk chocolate pieces for the collar and pocket buttons.
- For necktie, melt 1/2 cup white chocolate chips according to package directions. Draw outline of tie on waxed paper. With knife or spatula, spread melted chocolate to fill outline; let cool. Trim to shape with a sharp knife.
- Use red cake decorating gel icing to pipe stripes on the tie. With a spatula, transfer necktie to top of frosted brownie.
- Set the decorated brownie in a tissue-lined gift box.
For the young entrepreneur, this birthday cake is all business. Adjust the shirt color and tie pattern to suit your little businessman's personal style.
Editor's Tips: To make a different colored shirt, tint frosting to desired color. With cake decorating gel in desired color, pipe on thin lines to outline the pocket and collar. Make a polka-dot tie using different sizes and colors of candy-coated milk chocolate pieces attached with frosting.
- Grease and flour miniature star-shape baking pans, available in the baking aisle at crafts stores.
- Prepare cake batter and preheat oven according to directions. Fill each pan about half full (about 1/3 cup batter).
- Bake for 14 to 16 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center of each comes out clean. Cool in pans for 10 minutes. Remove from pans and cool completely.
- Frost each star with white frosting.
- Using your child's favorite colors, decorate each star with rolled fruit leather, candy-coated milk chocolate pieces, red cinnamon candies, shoestring licorice, nonpareils, colored sugars, and other decorative elements.
The birthday boy will feel like the star of the show when he gets his own individual star cake. For a party activity, gather an assortment of candies and cake decorations, and let the guests create stars that are as unique as they are.
Editor's Tip: If you don't have star-shape pans, bake the cake in a greased and floured 15x10x1-inch baking pan for 16 to 18 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near center comes out clean. Let cool. Use a 3- to 4-inch star-shape cutter to cut shapes from the cake. Frost the tops only and decorate as desired. (The cakes' cut edges are very tender and may crumble if you attempt to frost.)
- Prepare and bake one 2-layer-size cake as directed for two 9-inch square baking pans. Prepare cake batter for a second 2-layer-size cake as directed, ignoring any pan preparation directions.
- Grease and flour a 7- to 7-1/2-inch-diameter ovenproof bowl. Pour 4 cups of batter into prepared bowl. Use remaining batter for cupcakes (enough for about 3), if desired.
- Bake cake in bowl at 350 degrees F for 60 to 65 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes. Remove cake from bowl; cool on wire rack.
- Tint about 3 cups white decorating frosting with black food coloring paste. Blend in powdered sugar until mixture is firm enough to roll out.
- On a surface lightly coated with powdered sugar, roll out black frosting mixture to about 1/4-inch thickness. Cut out five hexagons and one pentagon. Cover and set aside.
- Frost top of one square cake layer with lime-green frosting. Top with second square layer. Frost with lime-green frosting.
- Place bowl-shape cake on top of frosted cake. Frost with white frosting.
- Arrange hexagonal black cutouts around cake with pentagonal cutout on top.
- Using a pastry bag fitted with a small round tip, pipe connecting lines with black decorating frosting.
- For grass, cut green licorice twists and sour straws on the diagonal into various lengths. Split each in half lengthwise. Attach to edge of cake using lime-green frosting.
- Sprinkle green-tinted coconut around soccer ball.
You'll score big with the birthday boy. Create a cake to kick off his birthday with soccer fun.
- Harvest a bushel of smiles when the birthday boy catches sight of this barnyard complete with horses and cows.
- Frost a white 15x11-inch sheet cake with white frosting.
- Press mixed nuts into sides of cake.
- Place shredded coconut in a resealable plastic bag or a bowl. Add green food coloring. Knead the bag to evenly tint the coconut or stir coconut in bowl until evenly tinted. Sprinkle coconut over cake to resemble grass. If desired, sprinkle blue colored sugar for a pond.
- Make Graham Cracker Barn and Silo. Arrange on top of cake.
- Make Sugar Cookie Farm Animals. Arrange on top of cake.
- For fencing, crisscross pretzel sticks at 1- to 2-inch intervals, then lay additional pretzel sticks across them. Use shredded wheat biscuits to make haystacks.
- With a serrated knife, cut the top one-third portion from four 6x3-inch pound cakes; set aside.
- Spoon out a small amount of cake from the inside of the bottom cake portions. Brush cakes with melted apple jelly.
- Transfer cakes to serving plates covered with raw sugar. Fill the inside of cakes with colored rock candy, candy necklaces and rings, and foil-wrapped chocolate coins.
- Replace the tops, allowing treasures to spill over edges.
- Add strips of sour fruit tape to outside of chests for straps.
- Use a tube of yellow icing to pipe buckles onto the straps.
Avast! Fill your child's birthday with riches. Don't bury the pirate treasure, let it overflow onto the plate so everyone can enjoy the bounty.
Editor's Tip: This easy-to-make birthday surprise works well as a full-size cake, too. Use one 8x4-inch pound cake for the treasure chest.
- With a serrated knife, trim 1/2 inch from ends and tops of two pound cakes so all surfaces are flat. Place one cake on a serving plate.
- Cut a 1-1/2-inch slice from one end of remaining cake; reserve for another use. Stack the shorter cake on top of the cake on serving plate.
- Frost entire stacked cake with bright red decorating frosting. Use frosting to attach four shortbread cookies for wheels. Attach ring-shape jelly candies to wheels with frosting.
- Press peppermint sticks and short green licorice pieces into frosting to make ladders on sides and back of cake. Arrange gummy ropes on top for fire hoses.
- Use assorted round and square candies for lights, horns, and other details. Trim wafer sandwich cookies; insert into sides for running boards, windshield, and windows.
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