Monday, January 12, 2015

Day 1923 - BMX Birthday Cake #CakeHack

You don't have to be a sculptor to make a themed cake.

The cake hack BMX birthday cake (with BMX gifts in the background).
I admit it. I'm a cake hack. I admire all these people that can sculpt with icing to create party themed cakes. But that just isn't me.  I do however like to be the one to make my kid's cakes because I want them to know they are worth my effort.  I could buy a cake ... I've bought plenty ... but making a cake takes a whole other investment.  That of time.

I'm not overly clever though so I cheat.




It's Darby's birthday and in previous years I have done a cake hack clown, somewhat artistic X-Box controller, cake hack military style cupcakes and a cake hack golf putting green.  They're just the ones I can remember.

This year his life revolves around soccer and BMX bikes.

We have two birthday celebrations for our kids worthy of cake. One for the family and one for the friends.

For Darby's family celebration I went BMX bike.  (I will attempt the soccer one for his friendship gathering).

The cake hack version of a BMX themed cake starts with  a square chocolate cake.

I used chocolate icing and chocolate sprinkles for the track, and more chocolate icing around the sides of the cake to act as glue for the Kit Kat fence posts (small snack size Kit Kats).

For the grass I made a butter and cream cheese icing with green food colouring.

To give it the BMX theme I simply borrowed stole a small "finger play" BMX bike from Darby's toy box and stuck it into the soft icing of the "dirt track".  I printed off a BMX themed "happy birthday" sign which I laminated and stuck to a wooden skewer.

Then I put the cake on the table and surrounded it with his brand new BMX bits and pieces that Nanny and Pop bought him for his birthday.

And that's it.

That's my cake hack for a BMX fanatic.

Tell me, are you a cake hack or are you more of a cake artist?

Do you even do birthday cake?

Or is buying it better?  

16 comments :

  1. Look Leanne. I have tried to be a cake artist, but this mainly ends in tears and a lot of chopped up cake, food colouring and coconut. This year I think I'll be going down the cake hack avenue. My daughter has requested an ice palace cake for her fifth birthday :/ I'll definitely be looking for a way to hack that.

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  2. Big fan of sticking the toys on the top - then they get to keep the toys. Did a Thunderbirds one, many years back - son was stoked to get the little Thunderbird rockets as bonus toys! Cake was irrelevant....

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  3. As far as I'm concerned- there is no such thing. You baked a cake and iced it and decorated it. This is cake artistry! Great job!

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  4. that's an awesome cake!! I usually bake my daughter's birthday cake too ;P I like the point Lydia raised about the toys!

    Ai @ Sakura Haruka

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  5. I don't have kids but I like the idea of making birthday cakes... my mum always made mine and always managed to hide the mistakes with ballerina figurines lol

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  6. Making a cake is the easy part for me, and decorating the tricky bit. I can see it in the book or picture, even envisage it in my mind. The trouble is it never turns out as I imagine it should. And usually involves a lot of tears and tantrums (mine).

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  7. I did a BMX cake a few years ago, and it's one of my most visited posts ever, so this might be a blog gold mine for you! My pictures are shocking though. Yours looks so much better.
    As for all those sculpted icing cakes, I find kids don't enjoy the flavour as much. Mine never look perfect, but they aways taste delicious!

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  8. I made Esther a Peppa Pig in muddy puddles cake by baking a cake in a round tin with a hole and then adding chocolate mousse to the middle and green icing on the outside and added a Peppa figurine. Esther loved it and it looked really good. I like an easy cake any day.

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  9. No kids alas, but if I had them I'd totally be buying birthday cakes every year!

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  10. I'm somewhere in between I think. I love giving my girls the cake books and telling them to pick out what they want like I did as a little girl. Though (like me) they tend to mix different cakes together to come up with something new (and challenging!)

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  11. You did so well. It turned out looking pretty cool. My husband and I did a drum cake for my son's first birthday. It didn't look like a drum (we have honest inlays). ha!
    OH well. I'm still going to cart my arse over to the library in May to loan out the book on cakes to see what terrible sweet thing we can make for this year's birthday. I'm with you, there is so much more love in a home made cake!

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  12. You did so well. It turned out looking pretty cool. My husband and I did a drum cake for my son's first birthday. It didn't look like a drum (we have honest inlays). ha!
    OH well. I'm still going to cart my arse over to the library in May to loan out the book on cakes to see what terrible sweet thing we can make for this year's birthday. I'm with you, there is so much more love in a home made cake!

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  13. Great BMX cake. My son would love this!

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  14. That cake looks awesome! I am definitely of the cake hack variety. This year I made a cake with a monster truck theme and the kids loved it, so that's the main thing!

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  15. I'm mostly a hack. Though I did try to get all fancy making a lego batman birthday cake a couple of years ago. The cake was in the shape of a lego piece, but then batman and the batmobile on top were toys. Ain't no one got time for dat! x Aroha

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