Yesterday we had Nicolas’s 5th birthday party at a local indoor playground called One Stop Fun. It was great because the facility has a lot of fun physical activities for the kids to do, and there was no heavy lifting for Bob and me. Yay! The one thing that I did need to make for the party was Nic’s cake. You may recall from a previous post that Nic is totally into machines – gears, levers, pulleys, compressors, etc. When I asked him what kind of cake he wanted for his birthday, he told me that he wanted a car engine. I asked him to elaborate a bit and he started talking about pistons and a V8 engine and spark plugs, and I started to panic a bit. I did a little research online to see what kind of car engine cakes people had made and this pretty much confirmed to me that it was WAY BEYOND my abilities.
So, I started to talk about “gear cakes” and “machine cakes” to try to focus his attentions toward a design I thought was doable 🙂 I felt kind of bad manipulating him this way, but he really does love gears! We talked about it some more and drew up a rough sketch of how a “Happy Birthday Nicolas” machine might look. Here is what we came up with:
|Close up of the fondant gears|
The gears and gauge were made from Wilton’s premade fondant. So easy! I just used circular cookie cutters in several different sizes and then cut out notches or made strips for the spoked wheels.
|Close up of the gauge and buttons|
The letters and number five were made from Wilton’s candy melts. (Can you tell that I trust Wilton?) They have a mold with “Happy Birthday” and numbers one through 10, which makes the process go much faster than if you only had an alphabet mold. I love these molds because my handwriting is pretty bad!
I knew that the cake was a hit with Nic when he started pushing some of the buttons while saying “I am starting the machine.. See this wheel and gear are connected to the motor.”