We celebrated my son's fifth birthday for what seemed like weeks! We helped him usher in his fifth year on his actual birthday by surprising him with a piece of luggage and a plan to take him to Disney World! It was a bit of a shock to him and as he thought more about it, he became increasingly excited and ended the night by creating a "Disney display" in the living room. We took him to the Please Touch Museum during the day for some family fun and then celebrated with his grandparents at dinner that night, followed by a strawberry cake (his flavor choice!) It was a fun day!
This past weekend we celebrated his birthday with a party with his cousins and buddies at Bounce U. The kids, and adults, had a blast! It was great for me, since I only had to focus on cake baking and party bag assembly. We did a lego themed cake and cupcakes, since that is his new obsession. I found inspiration for the cake on Pinterest. I had purchased a lego ice cube tray/mold at the lego store and it came in handy. I used it to make soaps for the favor bags as well as little candy decorations for the cake and cupcakes. It was fun!
To make the lego cake, I cut a 9x11 inch cake into thirds/bricks and iced each one individually, then assembled them. I used marshmallows cut in half and iced to make the nubs on the bricks. The cake was strawberry again and I made a vanilla bean buttercream frosting for it, using vanilla bean paste in place of extract in the recipe. The icing was good, but a bit goopy, as I think it could have used more sugar!
The recipe I used for the strawberry cake was found after an extensive google search. I am surprised that strawberry cake is not as common of a flavor. I wanted to flavor it with real strawberries, not gelatin! The recipe I made used a strawberry puree that really was amazing tasting. I would definitely make this recipe again!