I think it is the goal of both of my children when their birthday comes around to try to pick a theme that is either super hard to make or is not in any store, so that I have to improvise. :) I can't tell them no, st being their birthday and all, so I figure out a way to make it happen. (See my many other cakes on this blog. lol) Luckily some other mom's had to do the same skateboard theme cake, so looking at other skateboard cakes on google made it much easier for me!
My oldest son, Nicholas, turned 10 this February. I have no idea how that happened! I was hoping for a bowling party, where I do little to nothing, but make a cake. That was not his plan. After getting the Tony Hawk Ride game for the PS3 for Christmas, he decided on a skateboard theme and to have it at home to play the game with his friends. Insert 14 kids to my house here.
First let me start with the cake. It really was simple. I baked a chocolate cake in a rectangle baking pan using my favorite "One Bowl Chocolate Cake" recipe from Martha Stewart. Then I made two 9" yellow cakes (for the ends and the wheels) from my Martha Stewart Homebaking Handbook.
Cut the rectangle to shape it into the skateboard middle. Then cut one of the yellow cakes in half to make the ends of the board. It doesn't have to be perfect...that is what frosting is for! :)
Speaking of frosting...did I mention my son's favorite color is orange? So yes, we had orange plates, tablecloths, candy, silverware, cups, and why not orange FROSTING? I made buttercream frosting and added a little orange gel until it got to the color that he wanted.
I made a separate white buttercream frosting to frost the wheels. I used a biscuit cuter to cut the wheels from the second 9" yellow cake. The rods in the middle are those Pepperidge Farm wafer stick/cookie things. I coated them in melted white chocolate, then pushed them into the "wheels."
I used the rest of the white icing and added some blue gel coloring to it. Then wrote on the cake and the foil. I think it turned out cute. He was happy with it and that is all that really matters, right?
Here is the whole family at his party. I know you are wondering what the heck I did with all those kids, right? Well, I made sk8er bingo cards, which we didn't use.
Of course they took turns playing the skateboard game.
Played some basketball and pool downstairs.
Painted fingerboards I bought online.
Hung out and had a good time. :) We had pizza and snacks too. I thought this wall mount was hilarious. The kids all put their heads in and I took a pic of each of them. Come to think of it...I need to get those developed and out to our guests. :)
Happy Birthday Nicholas! I cannot believe it has been TEN years since you were born. I love you so much and you make me so proud!