Making birthday cakes is my favorite part of celebrating my children’s birthdays. We brainstorm for weeks in advance to come up with the best cake concept. The taste never varies. I long ago gave up on trying to sell them on my favorite sour cream vanilla cake recipe only to have them say that it was fine, but nowhere near as good as Funfetti cake mix and storebought icing.
For the toddler and preschool birthdays, I used traditional Wilton cake pans – carefully icing Cinderella and Winnie the Pooh with the corresponding food coloring color palette. Then we graduated to 3-D cakes like hockey rink cakes for bowling parties gone wild, movie party cakes cool enough for a tween, millenium falcon cakes, and this princess doll cake.
But this year, inspired by the YouTube video, Jack asked for an Angry Birds Cake… to destroy. Because what could be more fun to a crowd of 8-year old boys?
So how do you make an angry birds cake?
Step 2 – Frost it with two cans of vanilla frosting dyed to Angry Birds green. I used a Wilton grass tip, but could have saved the time and just frosted the cake quickly. The grass details were wasted on this crowd!
Step 3 – Go through your cabinets to assemble stacking edible materials. The fun is in the variety. We used brownie bites, Oreos, Nilla wafers, graham crackers, and marshmallows. All assembled with more vanilla frosting as mortar.
Step 4 – Find some sort of Angry Birds characters – these can be had in most places right now. We got ours at Meijer and at Walgreens. Also assemble a wide range of projectiles, to make the game increasingly easy. We began with ping pong balls and finished with a giant red angry bird stuffed animal.
Step 4 – Go to bed to get your beauty rest. This type of cake comes together right before the moment of destruction.
Step 5 – Fifteen minutes before the birthday boy and his friends arrive, start building. Shoot for height and when in doubt, use more frosting. If some of your structures collapse while building, don’t stress. This cake will be destroyed soon anyway.