This is a warning. The birthday cakes you are about to see came from the brains of babes. They’re a little out-there, a little odd, even a little schizophrenic! But most of all these babies were CUSTOM!!!
A couple of weeks ago I met with a new friend of mine, the lovely Mrs. Kimberly Hobbs, owner of Cafe Liquid in Niceville Florida, at [gasp] Starbucks. We were meeting to discuss birthday cakes for both of her sons, J who’s 11 and C who’s 7, and boy-oh-boy, do these boys know what they like, well except for Mr. C– he likes EVERYTHING!!!
J was a little more organized. He wanted to incorporate three of his favorite interests: the University of Alabama, Tae kwon do (he has a camo belt), and reading, specifically his 3 favorite books– Lord of the Rings, How to Train Your Dragon (I didn’t realize that was a book! Lol), and The 39 Clues. So I thought a cake with sculpted books for a base with a 2nd tier featuring Alabama and Tae kwon do would be pretty easy to accomplish without looking too crazy. With a plan in mind for a Alabama/Tae kwon do/book enthusiast cake, I turned to hear what C wanted.
But Mr. C, he wanted a little bit of everything on his cake. First, he also wanted to incorporate Tae kwon do (he too has a camo belt), along with Super Mario Brothers, How to Train your Dragon, and Lego Star Wars….. whew! Oh and when his brother said University of Alabama, Little C started telling me what sports team he wanted, too! I tried, I really did, but I couldn’t figure out how to put all that stuff on one cake without it landing me on Cake Wrecks! So I got C to narrow it down to a figure of Toothless in Mario Land wearing a Tae kwon do belt. And yes, I do know how crazy it sounds, but the resulting Toothless (How to Train Your Dragon)/Super Mario Brothers cake was adorable!
These boys also knew exactly what they wanted when it came to the flavors of their cakes. Since they were both getting 2 tier cakes, they wanted a different flavor for each tier. C wanted triple chocolate and vanilla, and J, who polled his friends LOL, wanted triple chocolate and strawberry. Since there was an issue with red dye allergy, I made a fresh strawberry cake with a strawberry buttercream filling! YUM!
In the end, I loved the cakes. They were so original, and really represented each boy so well. I hope they loved them as much as I loved making them!