Epic Birthday Project: The LEGO Cake

LEGO cakes
LEGO cakes

This past weekend, we celebrated my sweet Iain’s 8th birthday. While trying to come up with a cool birthday cake concept, I stumbled upon the LEGO cake. Actually, I think it’s technically called the Building Bricks cake, because, LEGO is a registered trademark, of course. But, let’s just call it what it is: a cake inspired by the most awesome kid’s toy ever invented.

The cake is red velvet and I used Deb Perlman’s excellent instructions for making the cake itself.

red velvet cake ingredients assembled
red velvet cake ingredients assembled
my baking assistant adds cake flour to the mixing bowl
my baking assistant adds cake flour to the mixing bowl
the batter starts to get red
the batter starts to get red
my baking assistant, Liliana, surveys the red velvet scene
my baking assistant, Liliana, surveys the red velvet scene
while the cake cooks, we make the frosting
while the cake cooks, we make the frosting

For constructing and decorating the cake, I followed the hilarious Rosanna Pansino’s (of Nerdy Nummies) video. Liliana watched this video at least 15 times, so we wouldn’t make any mistakes.

the cake (completely cooled) is cut into bricks
the cake (completely cooled) is cut into bricks
the crumb coat is applied / WARNING: do not skip the crumb coat!
the crumb coat is applied / WARNING: do not skip the crumb coat!
cake version 1 with mini cupcakes is assembled
cake version 1 with mini cupcakes is assembled
marshmallows are cut in half for cake version 2
marshmallows are cut in half for cake version 2
LEGO cakes with marshmallows are assembled and frosted
LEGO cakes with marshmallows are assembled and frosted
LEGO candles are added to LEGO cake
LEGO candles are added to LEGO cake
the candles are lit
the candles are lit
the birthday boy makes a wish and blows out the candles
the birthday boy makes a wish and blows out the candles

Making the LEGO cake was super fun, but it was definitely a time consuming project. I recommend going with the marshmallow pips, because trying to frost the little mini cupcakes was a nightmare. Also, give yourself two days if possible: one day for baking and one day for decorating. The cake recipe that I used made one 9 x 13 cake and 24 mini cupcakes. The cake gets cut apart in order to make two long bricks and two little square brick cakes, so you will need to make 4 colors of frosting. I doubled Deb’s cream cheese frosting recipe and had just enough for the four LEGO cakes. To see the whole process in 30 sections, check out my little stop action video.

 

 

 

 

 

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