Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Potato Head Cake

Jayden had been planning on having an Olympic Birthday Party ever since he got himself all caught up in the Winter Olympics. He wavered a bit over the many months it took to arrive at June, but he always returned to his original plan. Then one day, while he was playing with his beloved Mr Potato Heads he asked if he could have a Potato Head Party. The idea seemed really fun and we ran with it.

I spent several days thinking about his cake and the best method of attack. My plan had been to make a couple of bowl cakes stacked on top of each other, but I didn't have the right sized ones that I felt safe baking with. Which sent me back to the drawing board. I ran a few ideas by Mr Scarecrow and we decided to try bread pans. Yeah, well in the middle of the night I woke up and realized it wasn't going to work due to flat sides. Don't ask me why that thought woke me up, but it did.

I decided that I'd try something different and muddled with new ideas. One of which included dashing to the kitchen supply store and picking up this cute giant cupcake pan. I still had to solve the Potato Head cake though. I decided cupcakes would work. So I made up a batch and used the batter to make 4 jumbo cupcakes and a dozen regular sized cupcakes.

This was the end result. His body and hat are completely edible! There was much laughter and squeals of delight from the birthday boy when he spotted it. We took 2 jumbo cupcakes and sliced off the rounded tops; spread icing on the freshly cut spots and stuck them together. I sliced the rounded top off of one regular sized cupcake and spread icing on the cut part and then stacked that on top of the two jumbo cakes. Because my guy is wearing a party hat I didn't need a rounded crown to his head. Then I spread coconut sugar icing on the fellow and shoved him in the freezer. Once his icing was firm and hard I smoothed it out with my fingers (it melted on contact so I had to work quickly.) I spread extra icing on his shoes and plopped the body on. I used well washed eyes, hands, etc. to decorate him with. His hat is an ice cream cone which had icing spread on the tippy top and the base; I then rolled it through sprinkles. 

This silly balloon made an appearance at our party too. Jayden spotted this ladybug at the party store while I was trying to find some fun stickers (never did find them) and asked if we could get it for his party. He was sure it would be perfect to make everyone laughed, and the lady offered us a discount because it was all ready blown up and they had no more on the shelf.

We had a few party games planned, but only ended up playing this one. The idea was to put equal Potato Head parts in a box. Blindfold two players and let them put together their potato heads. While the goal was to put it together correctly we were hoping for some really funny looking potatoes, but most participants did a really good job!

Notes: Coconut Sugar Icing is something I've been playing with for a while and I seem to have finally come up with a method that is really nice. To make you'll need to put your coconut sugar in the blender and let it whirl around for a while. The amount of time depends on how much sugar your grinding. For this particular cake I used roughly 1 cup of sugar in the blender. I let it whirl around for 5 minutes or so. It will be super dusty so I let it sit for another 4-5 minutes so I don't get completely engulfed in a puff of sugar when I open it.  Mix 2 ounces of butter with 2 ounces of coconut oil (I use organic, and if you don't like the taste of coconut use refined) and mix until light and fluffy. Mix in 1 tsp of vanilla essence, and 1-2 T of milk until well combined. Mix in the coconut sugar until it reaches the consistency of buttercream frosting.  This will be nice and smooth and creamy if you whirled your sugar long enough. 


Tracey said...

That cake cracks me up! How was it?

Coco Sugar said...

I love the way you use your coco palm sugar! I look forward to trying this out myself.

Anonymous said...

do you think this recipe would work if I substituted cane sugar for the coconut? Still whirled it of course til it was super fine.

Kendra said...

Anonymous, yes I think it would be fine. But, you could save yourself gobs of trouble and just make a crusting buttercream frosting. I only used "specialty" sugar because my child can't eat cane sugar. :)

Anonymous said...

thanks kendra! I'm looking for a frosting recipe that uses granulated sugar instead of powdered cause it needs to be vegan. I can get reasonably priced vegan granulated sugar but not powdered. So, I've been searching for recipes that use granulated. And, it's hard to find ones that don't use eggs which we can't eat. I'm gonna make this recipe today or tomorrow and I'll post here how it turns out. Thanks! :)