When I asked Max what theme he wanted this year for his birthday he automatically said “Police World!”. He is equally obsessed with Police and Space so naturally he has created an entire new universe where all the Police are astronauts and patrol outer space. But, since we went with that theme last year I encouraged him to chose something else. He immediately yelled/sang, “Everything is Awesome!” (from the Lego Movie). All winter long Lego are Max’s saving grace. I like to think of him as a bit of a Lego prodigy since he creates intricate vehicles and buildings from his imagination and they actually work, and make sense, unlike any of my creations. Since Max loves Lego and the Lego Movie, we did a mash up of these themes for his birthday. Where I could work in the movie, I did, otherwise I kept it to the broader theme of Lego.
When I envisioned this cake I pictured a 6″ cake stacked on top of a 9″ cake. But then I remembered that my 6″ cake pans are still in Norway (bummer). So, we went with a half ball cake pan instead. The base of the cake is Lego City with a sunset in the background, which turns into the ocean at the top of the 9′ cake, leading to the top tier being the sky and Cloud Cuckoo Land. I didn’t want to buy any new Lego Movie lego for the cake so we made due with what we already had, to help round out the cake. If nothing else I knew I had to have the double decker couch, which I made out of fondant.
It was actually quite simple to make, which is important to me when throwing a birthday party for my kids since there are so many other things to think about and I don’t want their birthdays to be a stressful event. If you’re interested in the nitty-gritty here’s how I made it:
For the bottom tier:
- To make the sunset: I’m sure you’ve all seen those gorgeous ombre cakes all over Pinterest and the rest of the internet. Well, I took that method and used colours borrowed from our gorgeous Alberta sunsets and layered them on the cake. First I took orange and, using an offset spatula, applied it to the bottom third of the cake, then I placed the pink right alongside the orange on the middle third cake, last I added the blue to the top third as well as the entire top of the cake. I then used this method to smooth the frosting and blend the colours together a bit. If you need more of a visual on how to apply the frosting, this is basically what I did except that I smoothed it out afterwards. I kept the very top swirly since it was supposed to be water.
- Next I added the buildings: I rolled out fondant of various shades of grey, black, and blue, and cut them into differing rectangle shapes. Before applying, I used a tool to draw lines on the fondant to look like lego pieces stacked together. Then I simply applied it straight to the frosting. Bottom cake done.
For the top tier:
- I rolled out white fondant and cut out the cloud shapes with a paring knife. I then drew on the Lego lines and applied it to the top of the cake. For the rainbow I rolled the various shades into a thin rope then used a rolling pin to flatten. I stuck the pieces on one at a time, going from one cloud to another, making as much of a rainbow shape as I could. After they were all applied I drew on the lines. For the double decker couch, I made two couches out of blue fondant and stacked them using two halves of a toothpick that I broke in half. I covered up the toothpicks with fondant to look like the sides of the couch.
After that you just add some Lego pieces to help tell a bit more of a story. For the pieces that sat directly on the buttercream frosting I placed fondant underneath so that they were sitting on fondant instead of buttercream.
I used this buttercream frosting to frost and this cake to decorate. I filled the centre with chopped up berries and cherries as per the birthday boys request. I just made sure to sandwich them between layers of frosting so that they wouldn’t make the cake soggy. If you’d like to read a few more tips on making layer cakes head here.
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