Thursday, October 22, 2009

Bakugan Cake and Chocolate Frosting Recipe

Bakugan Cake
For the past year my son has been a huge Bakugan fan. Although I've observed him 'brawling' with his pals, I've searched through the entire toy section of Target in order to find a 'red trap', and I've often stepped on his Bakugan balls, I have yet to truly grasp the finer points of the game. My lack of knowledge, however, was not enough to stop me from planning a Bakugan party completed with theme related games, decorations, and, of course, a cake.

My inspiration for the Bakugan cake came from pictures that I found on flickr (thanks to WoofBC and Hanna). I searched through the relatively small number of Bakugan cake pics and marked as favorites the ones that were cute and seemed doable. Without flickr this cake would not have been possible.

I used a yellow box cake mix and baked it in two nine inch round cake pans. After it was thoroughly cooled I made a batch of Hersheys "Perfectly Chocolate" Chocolate Frosting which I found on the back of the Hershey's cocoa container. I covered a cardboard circle that I had saved from last week's frozen pizza and covered it with foil. I attached the foil covered cake round to my cake stand with a glob of chocolate icing. In order to keep the cake round as clean as possible during the icing process, I put strips of wax paper down around the edges of the cake round and then placed the bottom layer of the cake on top of them. I used my mini offset spatula to ice the cake and then used the long offset spatula to smooth the sides and top of the cake. Next I carefully pulled out the wax paper strips. Around the bottom of the cake I placed red and yellow M&M's.

Now that the cake was fully baked and iced I was ready for the decorating brawl to begin. I used pre-packaged tubes of colored icing to decorate Lindt chocolate balls to look like Bakugan balls. My inspiration was my son's Bakugan collections and the cakes I saw on flickr. To create the Bakugan card I broke a Hershey's chocolate candy bar in half (snacked on the other half), turned it over to the smooth side, attached a small Bakugan logo to the center, and then drew on the red and yellow burst around the edges. I used wooden skewers to slightly blend the red and yellow icing. I wrote "Happy Birthday" on the cake and then placed two balls on top of the cake and the rest around the edges of the cake stand. When my kids came home from school they said, "Mom! Did you really make that?" What a compliment!

Hershey's 'Perfectly Chocolate' Chocolate Frosting

1 stick (1/2 cup) butter
2/3 cup Hershey's cocoa
3 cups powdered sugar
1/3 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla

  1. Melt butter. Remove from heat.
  2. Whisk in cocoa.
  3. Alternately add powdered sugar and milk, beating on medium speed to spreading consistency. Add more milk, if needed.
  4. Stir in vanilla.
Makes about 2 cups.

1 comment:

  1. Tell me about being lost! My daughter is all about Pokemon and she loves staging battles with me, and luckily I can half listen to the show while I do other things so I know how to battle. But tell me kids have bad memories and I'll get her to recite all the Pokemon, their evolved forms, and special attacks.
    And it was ingenious using the Lindt and Hersheys!