Fake Cake is a Pin Win!

Posted on January 27th, 2013 by Jean

Last weekend, the kids and I chose a craft from our “To Try” Pinterest board, and tackled it. We bought the supplies from our local hardware store; sponges, spray paint, caulking, and glue. The Project – these darling Fake Cakes which can actually be mailed with 3 postage stamps.
Hubby sliced the sponges in half with a long, serrated knife, and also cut the groove in the center of the cake slices. I spray painted them chocolate brown, and waited for them to dry. The sponges took 3 coats of paint to cover any hint of the original sponge color.
Once they had dried, I traced the cakes on pink construction paper, cut out the shapes, and glued them to the cake. More drying time was involved, and FINALLY it was time to get the kids involved.
Frosting the cakes – Hubby showed me how to use a caulking gun, and I squeezed the caulk onto the cake; first in the groove, then on top and along the edge. The girls swirled the caulking with toothpicks.

The hardest part of this craft was fighting the urge to eat these fake cakes!
The original post recommends caulk drying time to 3 to 5 days. We had a long weekend (Martin Luther King Day was Monday), and by Tuesday the cakes were dry.
The girls decorated the cakes with stickers and markers. Instead of mailing them, we are hand-delivering them or packaging them to mail. I’m afraid the construction paper will fall off during transit if we did try to mail them. Our hardware store helpers suggested we use Elmer’s glue since it would not melt the sponge. If I had it to do over again, I’d use the 3M glue that the original pin listed. The Elmer’s also discolored the paper.

All in all, I think this was a pin win! If YOU have a pin win or a Pinstrosity, enter Pinstrosity’s 1st Blogiversary here.

Angry Birds Birthday Cake

Posted on July 30th, 2011 by Jean

The girls and I wanted to do something special for hubby’s birthday, so when I saw these adorable Angry Bird cake pops, I knew we had to (attempt to) make them. Tom is a huge Angry Birds fan.

A few days before his birthday, we went to JoAnne’s Fabric & Crafts to buy lollipop sticks and meltable candies. We also found candy eyes, reasonably priced, and overpriced beaks which we nixed. At the check-out, the friendly cashier recommended a cake-pop tray. Sounded ultra-easy to use, so we bought it too.
Birthday eve we began baking. We whipped the chocolate cake mix, poured it into the mold, and popped it into the oven. Ten minutes later, we inserted the lollipop sticks, and returned the pops to the oven to finish baking.
Baked and cooled, it was time to pop the pops out of the mold.
Mistake – the cake balls slid down the lollipop sticks. Speared birds wasn’t the effect we wanted.
We baked another batch of birds, and began melting the colorful candies to coat the cooled ones. We stuck eyes on while the candy-coating was gooey, then sat the birds in the freezer to harden. We frosted orange beaks on upon removing the birds from the freezer.
There was enough cake batter left over to bake a single-layer round, and we frosted it green to represent a grassy hill. We were ready to surprise Tom, and surprised he was!

I’m not a baker by any means, but it sure was fun attempting these.
• What themed cake would you make?
• Do you have any cake ball tips?
• Play much Angry Birds?