Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Thor's Hammer :: An Avenger Themed Birthday Cake


As I mentioned over at Instagram, this cake wasn't one of my best, but considering I hadn't even come up with a theme until the night before, I was really excited with how the birthday party came together! Even though the cake didn't turn out exactly like I originally envisioned, it really did turn out neat and was a definitely a hit with the birthday boy and the rest of my family. Thank you all for the sweet comments as well! 

Here's what I used: 
  • 2 - 8" chocolate cakes
  • chocolate frosting
  • Oreo Cookies
  • Candy Melts (Light Cocoa, White and Black)
  • Silver Sugar Sheet (leftover from the Hockey Jersey Birthday Cake
  • 1 Batch of Rice Krispie Treats (3 TBS Butter, 40 large marshmallows, 6 cups Rice Krispies - Melt butter in large saucepan over low heat. Add marshmallows and stir until completely melted. Remove from heat.) 

While I baked the cake I had a couple helpers making the Rice Krispie Treats which I planned to use to mold into the hammer for on top of the cake. 


With buttered hands we shaped a rectangular block for the hammer head and then a roll for the handle. We had the equivalent of one or two treats leftover for my helpers to sample. ;) 


This is what happens when you forget to "cool completely" before trying to frost the cake... Whoops!


After it had a chance to finish cooling, I cut a chunk out of the top of the cake to sit the hammer down into for stability, added a little of the trimmed cake to one side to create a bit of a mound, and then added the rest of the frosting. 


One of the girls crushed about six or seven Oreos to place on the top and all around the base of the cake. Not only did it taste great (according to my family) it also helped disguise the horrible job I did with the frosting!


Fondant would have probably worked so much better, but I was trying to use up some of the decorating supplies I had in the cupboard. I mixed some white and black candy melts to create gray for the hammerhead and then used light cocoa for the handle. It was so hard to get it to look smooth over the Rice Krispies, plus I was in a hurry so I didn't spend that much time on it either. I then used some strips of the silver sugar sheet to wrap around the handle and cover the end.  Once it had a chance to dry we placed in on top of the cake. All done! 


You can see the rest of the party here: