Ben’s birthday party last year was an epic Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (TMNT) themed party. I made fruit and veggie trays that were shaped like Leonardo and Donatello and we even splurged and had a TMNT pinata. By far the best part were these super TMNT cupcakes I slaved over. They were the icing on the cake, or should I say, cupcake! Green frosting. Check. Googly eyes. Check. Fruit roll up masks. Check.
So it came as a sucker punch to the gut when Ben said, “Mom, these are great, but for birthdays you aren’t supposed to have cupcakes. I really wanted a birthday cake!”
Come again child?! Can you repeat that while I pick up my jaw from the floor?
So as his birthday rolled around this year, I made a mental note that the birthday boy needed to have a birthday cake, NOT cupcakes. Of course his often weekly reminders that he didn’t want cupcakes but a birthday cake also helped reinforce the whole boycott on cupcakes.
He also decided that this year he wanted to have a Jurassic World-Fallen Kingdom party. Apparently there’s more than one Jurassic movie, which he made certain I knew the difference between ALL of them. So we did a little research (i.e. YouTube videos) trying to figure out what kind of design we would have for his cake.
Originally he wanted to have this really awesome looking raptor cake. However, once there was shaving off dome shaped cakes and inserting dowels, I knew my attempts would end up on the Pinterest Fail list. Instead we settled on a round cake with the Jurassic World logo. I watched the YouTube video over and over again and took copious notes, so I figured, “How hard could it be? I got this.” But as the party approached, I realized that making a cake was a lot more involved than making cupcakes.
For starters, I didn’t have any of the listed cake making supplies. So, I hopped onto Amazon Prime and purchased some of the basics:
- Kootek All-In-One Cake Decorating Supplies with Revolving Cake Turntable, 6 Cake Decorating Tips, 2 Icing Spatula, 3 Icing Smoother, 50 Disposable Pastry Bags and 1 Coupler Frosting Tool Baking Set
- Master Airbrush Cake Decorating System, Precision Dual-action Gravity Feed Airbrush Set with Mini Air Compressor Plus 12 Chefmaster Airbrush Food Colors and Set of Airbrush Stencils with Case
- Wilton Aluminum Round Performance Pan Multipack, 8 in. x 2 in. (2-Pack)
I also enlisted two of our friends who have more experience in cake decorating and did a fabulous job. Those who can’t decorate cakes (i.e. me), get other people who can! Best decision ever!
After baking the cakes (using a box mix because, let’s face it, I have three kids and don’t have time to make one from scratch. #imomsohard) and making this super simple and delicious frosting recipe we found over at Savory Sweet Life, we followed the video by The Icing Artist and created this beautiful cake.
This was by far the best birthday cake that I had two other people make for my son’s birthday! I really can’t take any credit for the amazing job they did, unless you count following the instructions on the box mix. I do make a pretty mean box mix cake, if I do say so myself, and can give that Betty Crocker a run for her money.
Ben was so excited for his Jurassic World birthday CAKE…not cupcakes. Although, we also ended up making chocolate cupcakes that the kids decorated, if you couldn’t tell!