It was my friend Sandy’s son’s 5th birthday this weekend, and she asked if I could make a birthday cake for the occasion. Like any 5 year old, he cycles through interests pretty quickly, but the final consensus was an Angry Birds cake. I watched a video of a playable cake a few years ago, and thought it would be really cool to try recreate that. I took the lazy route and let her supply me with the pigs and birds (rather than trying to make them from fondant), as well as a slingshot. As a Lego fanatic, I kind of judged the structural integrity of the K’Nex slingshot, but that’s just me being picky. Because of the animals, the cake is not 100% edible, but I don’t really have the time, skill, or fondant to make them all. I’m really just banking on 5 year olds being easily impressed.
It’s kind of tricky to make a relatively stable cake that falls apart really easily. I brought Sandy the cake and all the components, and she assembled it the morning of the party. She sent me a picture of the final product in all its glory! Note: the slingshot is actually separate, but on the cake for picture purposes.
For the cake, I made a full batch of my vanilla recipe (in a 9"X13" pan) as well as another half batch (in a square 8"X8" pan). I figured it’s better to have a little too much cake than not enough cake.
VANILLA CAKE (9X13)
- 1 tbsp. apple cider vinegar
- 1 cup milk
- 1-¾ cups flour
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 tsp. baking powder
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- ½ tsp. salt
- 3/8 cup oil
- 2 tbsp. apple sauce
- 2 tbsp. vanilla
- Preheat oven to 350F.
- Add vinegar to milk, and set aside.
- Whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt
- Mix milk, oil, apple sauce, and vanilla together
- Combine wet and dry ingredients. Don’t overmix.
- Bake for about 20 minutes, rotating pan halfway through.
VANILLA BUTTERCREAM ICING
- 1 cup butter, softened
- 3 cups icing sugar
- 2 tbsp. vanilla
- pinch of salt
- food colouring as needed
- Beat the butter until creamy.
- Add icing sugar, and beat on medium speed until well mixed
- Add vanilla and salt, and mix until thoroughly incorporated
I froze my cakes once they had cooled off, and began the cutting assembly process then, since cake is much easier to cut when frozen!
After that, I dyed a little bit of icing blue to make water, and filled in the cake itself. I also used graham crumbs and brown sugar around the cake to look beachy.
I used green icing to cover the rest of the cake with grass, and used some leftover yellow icing to make some flowers. I also made a little raft using kitkat bars.
I really enjoy the little umbrella!
For the rest of the decorations, I used kit kats and coffee crisps (since they are peanut free) and painted marshmallows blue to look vaguely like ice cubes. I froze the chocolate in the shapes I wanted (with icing between) to give it a little more stability too.
They look nothing like ice, but they’re still pretty!
I cheated for the rest of the decorations, and used K’nex. MUCH easier than making everything out of fondant.
Overall, I was really happy with how this cake turned out!!