For someone like me who loves the decorating aspect of baking cakes, I surprised myself at how much of a challenge it was to come up with a fun cake idea for my son’s 9th birthday. The older he gets, the less fun the party themes become. But I couldn’t disappoint him with some store bought cake knowing how much he loves the ones I do. With my thinking cap on I decided there was no way I could do a Lego Halo Wars cake like he wanted, but I could keep things simple and turn his cake into giant Lego blocks.
In my mind, I imagined this being a super easy baking project but when it came down to icing everything I found myself very frustrated. I even got a little sloppy at one point after realizing just how long it was starting to take getting all of the pieces frosted.
To get things started I used two boxed cake mixes (yellow and chocolate) and pulled out my Ultragold bakeware to bake 2 – 13×9 cakes. Once each cake had cooled in the fridge for 30 minutes or so, each cake was then cut into thirds. The last third was cut in half to make two squares.You may notice that leveling cakes is not my strong suit (even with a cake leveling tool).
I gave each cake a quick dirty ice to keep the crumbs under control and popped them in the fridge overnight.
For the icing I decided the basic primary colors would be bright, bold and fun. I simply took a basic buttercream recipe, tripled it and divided into 2 large bowls and 2 small bowls. Using Wilton gel colors you can create some very rich colors.
The most tedious part of this project is creating the “Lego bumps”. There’s probably a more technical term for those but that’s what I can them and I’m stickin’ with it. Using jumbo marshmallows you cut each one in half, place the bottom (sticky side) on a fork and frost the edges and top. Each Lego bump sticks right onto your frosted cakes.
I’d like to say I love the cakes but the truth of the matter is … I got bored and slightly sloppy, missing a few edges. But that didn’t stop my son from completely loving his Lego Blocks Cakes!