In case you weren’t aware (because for whatever reason you don’t have Diary of a SAHM in your inbox every day, and rush to read it as soon as you get a bing bong message), it was Bailey’s fourth birthday last week.
Now the original plan was a bike themed birthday party to be held at the local road safety centre, but seeing as Gastro turned up, none of that happened.
However being the wonderfully organised mother that I am, I had planned a spectacular bmx style birthday cake, and as such spent many hours scouring Pinterest and Google for the perfect, yet achievable for my mediocre talents, birthday cake.
I was, I admit, a little disappointed. Whilst many people boasted their cake making achievements on-line, it seemed no one wanted to share the details of how they actually made the thing. So I decided, I would do what nobody else in the world apparently has; make a bmx birthday cake and blog a how-to.
You’re excited aren’t you?
I can tell.
So, lets begin.
To start off with, bake a cake in a large tin.
If your can’t do that, maybe buy a slab cake, or get your mum to do it.
Now that you have your baked masterpiece (from whatever means necessary), use a tooth pick or skewer, to mark out a large S shape, which will be your bikes ‘track’
Now for the kinda tricky part. using a knife, slowly cut away around the S shape, so that your track is slightly elevate from the rest of the cake, and the cake base is about half it’s original width. Make sure you keep all the cake you cut away, cause we will use these for the ramps/jumps.
When you’re done it should look kind of like this.
Now taking your left over cake, crumble it up using your fingers, and plan were you want some jumps. I chose to elevate the curves of the S bend for mine.
If your cake is moist enough, you should be able to just press the crumbs into your required shape and attach it to the cake, but if not, a little but of Betty Crocker icing works a treat.
When you’re completely happy with your track, cover the whole thing in glad wrap and alfoil and put in the freezer for half an hour. I found this helped bind the cake together, and significantly reduced crumbs when icing.
While you’re waiting, prepare your icing, ‘grass” and ‘sand”
For the grass, I put about a cup of coconut in a ziplock bag with green food colouring, and moved it all around until it was covered and the colour I wanted.
For the ‘sand’ I crushed up a couple of Crunchie Bars in the food processor, but I didn’t put it on until before serving, so that the honeycomb wouldn’t absorb into the icing.
Obviously any kind of BMX birthday cake would be incomplete without some kind of bike on it, and Bailey was pretty stoked with Batman on a Motor-Bike. Not strictly BMX, but still fun 😀
And that’s it! One very easy BMX cake that is sure to make any little boy happy for his birthday.