Monday, November 19, 2012
Luke Turns Four + Egg/Nut Free Spongebob Cake
My baby turned four last week! It's hard to believe that four years have gone by since we first met our little Luke. He has become such a little man, and I couldn't be more proud of him.
Birthdays being a unique challenge for parents of kids with food allergies. Going to another child's party is always an adventure, as food is almost always everywhere, and as parents we rarely have control over the safety of it. Hosting a party for your own food allergic child carries it's own set of challenges though. As a food allergy mom, one of my biggest goals is to make sure Luke never feels like he's missing out. I may not always have control over that, but when I do, I want to do my best.
Luke chose a Spongebob party this year. And he made sure to point out that he wanted a Spongebob cake "with colors". Normally I make a sheet cake, and decorate with various toys that go with the theme. I knew though that the "with colors" part meant Luke wanted a cake that actually looked like Spongebob. Super! I started with a Spongebob cake pan, and a chocolate cake box mix, made with a can of lemon lime soda in place of the wet ingredients. Huge FAIL. I don't know if it was the lack of egg in the recipe or what, but the cake did not come out with any details. Then I ran across this Eggless Chocolate Layer Cake recipe and decided I'd give it a whirl, turning the round cake into Spongebob's face. I ran out of time to test the recipe, so I was really hoping for the best.
After I baked the cakes, I made this buttercream frosting and tinted some of it yellow. I frosted a crumb layer on the entire cake, and froze it (oh, and I used a filling recipe that called for instant pudding mix with whipping cream) for a few minutes. I then tinted the rest of the frosting the different colors that I needed, and used a toothpick to free hand draw Spongebob's face onto the cake. Because the frosting was slightly frozen, if I messed up I could easily use my finger to smooth the line over and draw again. Once this was done I piped the drawing and touched up the base some. Very easy! The cake itself was very good, I got many compliments on it. I will definitely use this recipe again.