This past week, I helped a little boy celebrate a Birthday!
At first, he requested Cake Pops like the Lego Ninjago guys. Then he changed his mind and requested Basketball cupcakes for school and a Ninjago Cake for his family's party.
I was happy to help, but a bit nervous. Cupcakes, I can do, but full on cakes scare me. Also, I have a daughter, so I'm all about the girl stuff - I had no clue what Ninjago's were much less how to decorate a cake based on these guys. I researched the internet for the Lego men and came across a pin on Pintrest... and it lead me to THIS. It looked easy enough and I figured I could do it.
The basketballs were easy enough. I've been a long time follower of Hoosier Homemade and the Hello,Cupcake books, so when I saw these cupcakes a while back, I knew they would be perfect!
So, I baked 3 dozen cupcakes.
I made orange colored butter cream frosting.
I made some backboards.
Frosted the cupcakes, dipped them in orange sugar, and added the black lines.
(Ya wanna know something that I learned... It's difficult to pipe frosting on to sugar. There's just not much there for the frosting to adhere to.)
As the final step, I attached the backboards to the cupcakes.
I am happy to say that all the kids at school enjoyed these :)
I rushed off to get these to Mom, so I did not get a chance to take pictures and sadly, it did not occur to me to make extra...
After I dropped off the cupcakes, I got to work on the cake!
I made my own Marshmallow, White Chocolate Fondant.
It is so good, and I should have thought to take pictures... but I didn't. Anybody care for the recipe? I know there are a ton out there....
The Birthday Boy requested a Green Ninja Man, so the night before I tinted my fondant and left the eyes to dry out over night.
The next day, I frosted my cake and go to rollin'. I did not want to cover the cake in two layers of fondant, nor did I want to just cut out the eyes, so I cut a disk of the yellow and then cut a large rectangle for the bottom part of the mask.
I rolled a long piece of fondant to create a fold at the nose and then draped the long rectangle over the lower part of the cake to create the mask.
I attached the eyes and brows and then rolled out another rectangle for the top part of the mask.
It was easier than I thought.
The Birthday Boy and his family love they cake - they almost didn't want to cut into it :)
That's news to my ears!
I link up to THESE parties.