KERBOOM birthday cake

imageIn the future, if I ever struggle to remember what it was like to have a three-year-old child, I will just look at a photo of the birthday cake I made BUB.2 for his fourth birthday.

He had seen similar cakes on the internet when I was searching for dinosaur cakes and said he wanted one just like it. So a volcano it was. I’m not a cake-maker and time is of the vanilla essence, so I roped my Mum into making the chocolate sponges. I chose this chocolate madeira cake recipe, because madeira is a firmer sponge, less likely to crumble when being formed into a volcano.


For the crater I decided it would be best to bake the sponge in a Pyrex measuring jug, to give the right sort of shape. I had seen volcano cakes that had been created using a dome-shaped cake tin, but I’m afraid that results in more of a Christmas pudding effect than a volcano.


Next, I covered the entire cake in chocolate buttercream icing, using rough strokes to achieve the look of a craggy, lava-eroded mountain. Nothing Christmas-puddingy about this monster.


And then I went a *little* crazy over the decoration.


Strawberry laces, jelly beans and coloured fondant icing for the lava, mini Toblerones, fudge and chocolate chunks for the tumbling rocks and popping candy and sparklers for the KERBOOM.


We decided to use mini toy dinosaurs on a grassy edge rather than attempting to fashion them out of fondant icing. I have my limits. BUB.1 came up with the idea of using Cadbury mini eggs for dinosaur eggs. I liked it.


One minute happy, playing dinosaurs and the next moment, often without warning, KERBOOM, an almighty explosion.


And that, in a nutshell, is being three.

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  9 comments for “KERBOOM birthday cake

  1. Kevin Carey
    July 15, 2015 at 11:55 am

    Is there any left ,hmmm !

  2. July 15, 2015 at 12:59 pm

    It was demolished!

  3. July 15, 2015 at 5:45 pm

    Wow. That is amazing. I am so impressed.

  4. June 7, 2016 at 8:48 pm

    Very very cool!! I love it, bet it was a huge hit with the kids ( and big kids!) ? #bigpinklink

    • Lisa
      June 12, 2016 at 8:47 pm

      It was delicious and silly. As all cakes should be! Thanks for reading xxx

  5. June 8, 2016 at 3:47 pm

    Hi Lisa, I love it, birthday cakes should be fun and OTT and this one certainly is. I did used to ‘build’ birthday cakes and my tip would be to bake the cake in advance and freeze it (defrosting it just before you plan to decorate), as it makes for a firmer cake, so it’s easier to cut and shape.

    Bet your son loved it!


    • Lisa
      June 12, 2016 at 8:48 pm

      That is an excellent tip. I am new to all this. I’ve promised myself (but not him thankfully) I’ll build my soon-to-be-five-year-old a blue whale cake. Oh crikey..xx

  6. June 9, 2016 at 12:18 pm

    Oh I LOVE it! That’s the kind of cake my child, I mean I would like! I don’t think I can make one, eat yes. Thanks for linking with #bigpinklink

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