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Pokemon Birthday Cake:
My son requested a Pokemon birthday cake for his birthday. Pokemon sure is the latest craze right now, isn’t it? My son is one of those crazed people. Me being the awesome mom that I am I decided I would make him his very own Pokemon birthday cake. Yep. He made sure to describe in details what he wanted. He originally requested a Pikachu birthday cake. Little does he know that this mama is kind of busy lately so I gently guided him in the direction of a Pokemon Poke ball. He agreed and we were both happy since I figured that would be less challenging and time-consuming.
I really didn’t know much until recently about Pokemon. My son started talking in Pokemon language, because really it’s a language of its own, and I really don’t understand it. In comes the Pokemon Go craze and you really can’t go anywhere without hearing about Pokemon Go. I have never played the game but know a few people who do. I don’t know how my son got all into Pokemon. Well, I guess I blame kids from school because we never had any of it around here. I think at school all the boys his age form a club and say “Okay everyone our age has to LOVE Pokemon.” It’s funny how these things get started through the different ages. Elmo, then Thomas the Train, Lightning McQueen, Spider-Man, Darth Vader, now Pokemon. What’s next?
What’s A Mom To Do?
Well, being the mom I am I decide to try my hand at making a Pokemon birthday cake. I do like to make birthday cakes and have made some fun ones over the years. I love the confidence he has in me that I can make him a Pokemon birthday cake. I am by no means a professional baker or anything and they may not turn out perfectly but my secret ingredient that I always use is love.
The Making of a Pokemon Birthday Cake:
I decided to use a glass bowl to make my ball and will be using two cake mixes and reusing the bowl twice. There have been times when I have made homemade cakes, but since having three kids I tend to cut out that step. Enter the convenience of a cake mix in a box!
Supplies you will need:
*2 boxes of cake mix: any flavor you wish
*To make cake: according to package directions
*eggs, water, vegetable oil, hand mixer, cooling rack
*A glass bowl
*frosting: 2 cans of vanilla frosting so you can add food coloring
* food coloring: I use Wilton Icing Gel– in the color red no taste
*Chocolate fudge syrup for inside filling: not necessarily needed but a nice yummy explosion of fun & flavor!
First, you will need to spray your bowl. During my seven years of making cakes for my kids, the spray I found that works the best for a quick release from the pan is this Bake Easy spray. Seriously this stuff is amazing! You don’t even need to flour the pan! My first attempt at making my son’s first birthday smash cake chunks of cake were missing when I tried removing it from the baking dish. Even though I was able to fill in the craters with frosting, and my one-year-old son gobbled it up, I still knew and it really bugged me. Once your bowl is sprayed set it aside while mixing up your cake batter. Bake the cake according to the directions on the box.
I do like to add a smidge more oil than the recipe calls for. This trick keeps the cake moister and from drying out so fast or at least I tend to think it does. I did have to bake this deep bowl for about 45 minutes. So be prepared that it may take longer since the batter is so deep.
While your cake is baking you can start getting your frosting ready. I used vanilla frosting from a can to save time, but you can make any frosting you would like. Since I needed red frosting and white, I only used one can for mixing my food coloring in. I used food coloring gel to add my color because it seems to add the most vivid color, using the least amount of gel. In the picture above that is how much I used at first but it was slightly more pink than my son would appreciate so I added a little bit more until my desired color of choice. Make sure to add little by little because the color does go a long way, and be careful not to get the gel on anything because it is very hard to get off! Lesson learned!!
Remove your cake from the oven once a toothpick comes out clean, and fully let your cake cool before removing them from the pan. This will help the cake to not fall apart when you remove it. Let it cool on a wire rack. After the cake has cooled, gently use a butter knife to go around the edges to release the cake from the bowl. Seriously that bowl pictured above is after I removed the cake. You can see there is no cake left behind because of that awesome non-stick spray!
I then cut off the top parts of both halves (the sides that aren’t rounded) so that I could place them on top of one another to form the ball. I placed a small amount of frosting on my platter to act as glue and not have the cake slide around on the platter and then I placed one rounded side down on the plate. Then before putting the other half on I put my chocolate syrup on the bottom layer and then on top of the syrup another bit of frosting to act as my glue to keep the pieces together. I then placed the other half on top of the half already on the platter to form a ball. Once I did that I put the cake into the refrigerator to help set my frosting before putting the rest of the frosting on the ball.
After the filling and frosting set apply your frosting to the two halves. I applied the red first and then set it a bit in the frig and then did the white. Once my crumb coat of the frosting set, I applied another layer to both and to smoothed everything out and filled in any spots that were sparse. After setting it again in the refrigerator I finally applied my black piping using icing along the middle horizontally while making sure to make a circle also.
Lastly, I filled the circle with all white frosting and smoothed out any rough spots that I found on the cake. Viola! You have your poke ball Pokemon birthday cake! My son enjoyed his birthday and had a few friends over to celebrate. He even defended my cake when another boy said my cake was good but the R2D2 one his mom made for his birthday was better. Ha! Kids! They crack me up! Gotta love them. Look at that happy boy below! Wowza! Look at all those candles! It surprised me that the smoke alarm didn’t go off!! I also used some trick candles for some added mom love! He thought it was great. Another year in the books!
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