When my godson was tiny, I promised him any kind of birthday cake he wanted, every year, pretty much until he’s too big to think that’s cool. This past weekend, I celebrated his 9th birthday with him, and delivered on his request for a Lord of the Rings cake.
The cake itself is a simple affair: Smitten Kitchen’s Best Birthday Cake, moist vanilla cake with rich chocolate frosting, super easy. The ring is made from Wilton Sugar Sheet, cut into strips and airbrushed with Wilton Gold Color Mist. When the airbrushing dried, I used a black Wilton Food Writer Edible Color Marker to write the inscription on the airbrushed sugar sheets. I drew my inspiration from Peter Jackson’s interpretation of the Ring. The bottom is edged with chocolate sprinkles, and the whole cake got an airbrushing before I did the white lettering on the top, which is an approximate transcription of “Happy birthday Gavin” into the Tengwar alphabet. (Yes, I am a nerd. Moving on.)
Thinking back on some of the other projects G’s asked me to tackle, I’m thinking perhaps I should be worried he’ll up the ante again next year?