Every year in Cub Scouts for the blue and gold dinner the boys in our troop make a cake. I’m not sure where this tradition came from or why they have the boys even do it but my boys love it. And boy #2 is SO excited to be able to do his own cake!
First we started with a base. We wanted to do two round tiers so we got started with that using my favorite cake recipe that is adapted from a regular box mix. One problem that we’ve had in the past, no matter how much we try, is the bottom often sticks to the pan. Then I had this idea of doing wax paper with little tabs to help lift it a bit. I’m sure that’s not what any professional baker would recommend because I bet there’s some great non-stick trick I don’t know about, but it worked for us!
While the cakes were baking we decided to do the bark. This was again SO EASY! You just take melted chocolates (like these ones), melt them as directed in the microwave then spread it out on a long piece of wax paper. Let it cool and then gently roll it up which will help it break apart a bit. Then, when the cake is frosted, lift the chocoate, while still on the wax paper, up against the cake and the frosting will make the cocolate stick.
Cake is done and came out SUPER easily with no sticking to the bottom. Yey! I always get so nervous taking it out of the pan. Not any more!
Then it’s time to level them all. I love this super inexpensive leveler that I think I bought new in package for a dollar at goodwill or somehting! It’s easy to use and I love that it’s so compact and doesn’t take up a lot of room. Here is the one I used.
Straws because cakes need some support or they’ll sink if there are lots of layers. (Ask me how I know this!)
Once we had all the tiers set up we worked on the trees. For the trees we actually used one sugar ice cream cone and the other two smaller ones we formed out of rice krispie treats. Good thing we got extra because the boys might have had more than a few during the cake making process…..
Flower time! I had this mold that I bought when I made a 30th barbie cake for my sister. Since we wanted it to be a wild life theme Mr. Cub Scout decided he wanted to add some flowers.
During this whole cake making process I tried to make sure it was him doing a majority of the work and not me, even though I’m a recovering perfectionist and really love decorating cakes! But doing the flowers were perfect for him and even his little brother to do.
He also decided he wanted to add more trees so we colored some white fondant and used a mini Christmas tree cookie cutter we had on hand from our Christmas cookie cutters. Another super simple thing that he did completely on his own.
For the tent we used rice krispies for the base and then covered it in white fondant. The campfire? Pretzel sticks and a little bit of red food gel stuff I had on hand.
As I said before, I tried my very hardest to not go crazy and do everything myself, which I have a tendency to do. But I had him (and his brothers who were dying to help) do as much of the pieces as he could. I think this year was a success!