Can this cake be any cuter? This “Ice Cream Cone” cake was probably one of the easiest to make, and it was a lot of fun! Ceci, of course, loved her ice cream cone themed cake, what a great way to celebrate a 1st birthday!
For the Cake I used Betty Crocker Funfetti! It is a total crowd pleaser!! I chose a 9×13 sized sheet pan. You can see the recipe below.
I am going to be completely honest here. I used store bought frosting… It tastes great, and it saves me a lot of time. Here I used Betty Crocker whipped Vanilla frosting because it spreads really easy. For the base I used Wilton Sky Blue food coloring. I left some un-colored for the “vanilla” part of the ice cream cone, and I used Betty Crocker Rich and Creamy Cherry for the pink part of the ice cream cone. Food coloring is also an option, but I love the cherry frosting!! For the actual cone part, I used a tiny bit of Wilton brown food coloring to get the tan color.
Making The Ice Cream Cone
To make the ice cream cone, I started at the top with the top layer of ice cream, and used a star shaped tip #14. I piped the outline of the ice cream cone and then filled it in. Secondly, I did the same with the next layer of ice cream. For the cone, I used a flat tip #47 for the base and then did the criss-cross with the #3 tip.
I used a new technique on this cake to get the drizzle down the sides. It turned out really well and was so easy! I mean, how hard is it to make a mess on purpose?
I took store bought chocolate frosting and put some in a glass dish and microwaved it for about 30 seconds. Let that sit for a few minutes so it is not boiling hot and melt the frosting on the cake. However, you do not want to wait to long because it will not drizzle. After a few minutes I took a spoonful of the melted chocolate and ran it along the top of the cake so it would drizzle down. Go over it as much as you like to get the effect you want. I also did the drizzle on the top of the ice cream cone. I tilted the cake up a little so it would run down. Lastly I topped the chocolate drizzle with sprinkles!
How fun is a Harry Potter Birthday Cake?!! My son is turning eight and he wanted a Harry Potter Birthday Cake! We love Harry Potter we have just finished watching all of the movies with the kids. We even have a dog named Gryffindor!
Besides actually frosting the cake with white, piping the details was easy. For some reason I find it more challenging to get a smooth frosted cake, with out any hiccups. I always find that the frosting pulls up and starts to rip the cake…just being honest here. We definitely had to do some frosting “surgery” on one of the corners.
I like to make things as easy as I can when making cakes. So, yes I used cake from a box… I mixed together Rainbow chip and Cherry Chip. Yes it tasted good, in fact, it tasted really good! I had some dad’s at the party ask me what flavor cake it was, because it was that good!
What Size Cake?
I opted to make a little bit of a smaller cake than I normally do; 15×21. Two boxes of cake mix did the trick and I baked it for about 30 minutes. Definitely check it when the timer goes off because every oven bakes differently.
Colors I Used For The Details
For the details, I used Wilton Buttercup Yellow and Burgundy for the colors. For the black, I bought pre-mixed black in a tube and put it into a piping bag. It’s difficult to get a good black frosting! I had to put a lot of burgundy food coloring in to make it not look like a pinky rose. For the lettering, I Googled “Harry Potter Font” to get the shape of the letters as accurate as I could! See below for my video on how I decorated it!
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My nephew Franklin just turned one and he had such a fun birthday party theme. He was “One Happy Camper”. This theme was perfect because he is always so happy and smiley! Just look at him!
Of Course he needed a cake (or two) for his party! (recipe below!) I love making the cakes for my family. It is so fun, and I always get to partake in eating them! LOL
The hardest part about making a cake is deciding on what to make. So when the theme is chosen by someone else it makes it easy for me!
I decided to do a tent and a campfire in the woods for the sheet cake. I frosted the bottom half with chocolate buttercream (recipe below) for the “ground” and used regular buttercream (recipe below) dyed blue for the sky. Once that was all smoothed out I did the details! Making the fire was my favorite part. I got the new Wilton color swirl coupler. How it works is you put up to three colored frostings that are in separate bags in the same coupler. So when you go to pipe the frosting it swirls the colors together out of one tip! Genius! It was super easy.
Here are the tips I used for the decorations
Here are the colors I used for the cake decorations. I always prefer to make the piping bags with the frosting before I start. It can be time consuming and when your in the “zone” decorating it’s hard to stop and fill more bags…
Since this was a 1st birthday party, we needed a smash cake of course! This was super fun and easy to make. I frosted the cake with chocolate buttercream (recipe below) and made a big campfire using the frosting and the color swirl tool I mentioned above. How easy is that?! Franklin definitely “smashed” this cake. It was such a mess, but well worth the cleanup. (especially because I didn’t have to clean it!)
How cute are these cookies?! I sadly did not make them, but someone did and they were awesome! We were all “One Happy Camper”!
The party was such a great time and a big success! As long as the birthday boy was “One Happy Camper”, so was everyone else!!
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