"Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing. " -Helen Keller

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

The Birth of a Volcano

We had Gabe's birthday party this last weekend. As I always do, I let him pick what kind of cake he wanted. It wasn't any great surprise that Gabe wanted a volcano cake. And, it couldn't be a picture of a volcano. It had to be a 3-D volcano.  Here is the birth of a volcano in pictures...and, of course, a bunch of words.

I made the base of the cake out of a standard 9 x 13 cake pan. The volcano was made out of a cake baked in this mixing bowl...
When you are baking such a deep cake, you need a way to evenly conduct the heat to the center of the cake. Without that, the edges would be almost charred by the time the center was solid. To take care of that, get a metal can, remove both ends, wash thoroughly, and completely grease the inside and out. Place the can in the middle of the pan and then pour in the cake batter. After it bakes, slide the piece of cake out of the can and place it back into the cake before frosting it...or, if you are making a volcano, keep the piece out because it makes a great crater.
Place the dome cake on top of the sheet cake and chill thoroughly. A cold cake is easier to shape.
Once the cake is shaped, apply a thin layer of frosting to contain the crumbs. Then start decorating. Frosting the grass was the first decorating I did.
I then made a deep brown frosting to cover the volcano.
Plain brown looked too fake. I added a few drips of black food coloring around the volcano and spread it into the frosting to give it some texture.
Then, I added the lava. Once again, a solid color looked too fake. So, I added a bit of yellow food coloring to the surface of the red lava and that added a bit of a sheen and a little orange. I think it looked a lot better.

Next, came the words. I was out of frosting bags and couldn't find my lettering tip. So, I cut a tiny snip off the corner of a ziploc bag and used it to pipe on the words.

Gabe loved it and had a wonderful party.


Sheliza said...

How awesome Kristin!! I still can't believe that Gabe is 5! Just the other day he was William's age.

Meari said...

What a great cake!

Nina said...

I wish you were my mommy! I'd ask for a princess cake! Just kidding, but seriously? Awesome cake! How fun! I'll have to remember that for Fletcher's 5th birthday!

Kakunaa said...

Wow...amazing cake! I bow down to you!

Quiet Dreams said...

What a great mom you are! Reminds me of the cakes my mom would make us when we were little...and yes, Nina, we had princess cakes!

rys said...


That should be Gabe's shout...much like 'Carpe Diem!' in The Dead Poet's Society. :)

Happy Birthday to an awesome boy with an awesome cake!

battynurse said...

That is incredibly creative. I'm impressed.