|The first time I decorated a birthday cake it was because I just couldn't bear|
to spend $30 on a bakery cake. Now, even though I'm not much of a baker,
I do my kids birthday cakes because it's just so much darn fun.
|I found these little circus knick-knacks at the Dollar Tree one day. $3 total.|
These are made of cast resin, hand-painted. They were a bit too heavy to
go on top of the cake, but that's okay... I had other ideas :)
|There were quite a few candle options, but I decided to go cheap and simple|
with a polka dot #3 candle.
|We bought the cake mix, icing, off-brand "Fruit By the Foot", and Dots|
at Save-A-Lot. Probably less than $5 for it all, although I didn't really pay
that much attention. (Total: $8-ish.)
|Once I was satisfied with the icing, I added a little more to the sides and|
the cardboard cake board to "glue" the circus pieces in place.
|Here's where the fruit rolls come in. I measured it against the side of my|
cake and cut two rolls into strips roughly the same size with regular scissors.
You don't have to be too exact.
|This part was a little tricky. These fruit rolls were pretty sticky. You could|
use a tooth pick to poke them into place, but I managed to do it with just
my fingers. (I had washed my hands first, of course.)
|I piped a little more icing around the top edge and the bottom, covering the|
tops and bottoms of my circus stripes. This is why you don't have to be
perfect when measuring the fruit strips.
|I finished it off with the Dots. This adds some color--a must for a circus cake.|
Of all the decorations and circus-themed food and games, I think this was
probably my favorite thing. (It tasted pretty good, too!)
|Doesn't it look cheerful with the candle lit on top?|
|These girls knew just what to do. I think they blew out the candle before|
we even finished singing the song. I wonder if sharing a candle means they
have to share a birthday wish?