Yesterday we celebrated our youngest daughter's 3rd birthday with a bowling party. We kept it pretty small as usual, inviting both of our immediate families. We had a total of six kids bowling, they each got to bowl 2 games....boy, did I forgot how much work it is when they're this little! Despite the couple meltdowns we had, it was a lot of fun.
Definitely the highlight of the party was this candyland cake I made. I seen a similar cake in a Taste of Home issue many years ago and have always loved it. I finally got one of the girls to agree on my making it for their birthday. I love decorating cakes and this was by far one of the cutest ones I've ever made! It really was pretty simple and only took me a couple hours to finish. The kids of course loved all of the different candies on there.
Candyland Birthday Cake
You'll need to bake a large sheet cake, I use a 11x15-inch Wilton pan or you can put two 9x13-inch cakes together. Either using a homemade buttercream or store bought frosting, frost the cake in a light green color.
1 large bag of Starburst candies
mini candy canes
pink conversation hearts
mini peanut butter cups
large peanut butter cup
cake ice cream cones
waffle/sugar ice cream cone
clear and blue rock candy
various colored sprinkles
Use a candyland board game as your guide or the picture above, start of by forming a path with the Starburst candies. With white frosting write "Happy Birthday" on the Starburst. Using chocolate frosting make an arrow in front of the candies and write "Start" using white frosting.
For the different forests, add peanut butter cups topped with chocolate frosting, gum drops, Dum-Dum suckers, candy canes and clear rock candy.
For the Mountain/Gumdrop pass, line up yellow dots to make a bridge and fill the gap in with red colored sprinkles or sugar.
For the castle, pipe vanilla frosting (I used a large swirl tip) onto ice cream cones. Garnish with sprinkles and red Dots.
Between the pathways, add in colored sprinkles, mini marshmallows, peppermints and conversation hearts. Pipe additional swirled frosting to fill in spaces and top with sprinkles.
Pipe a border around the base of the cake using the white frosting and then place peppermints all around top edge. You'll probably want to use white frosting as your glue when placing the peppermints all around, it helps them to stick much better.
*Much to my surprise, this cake was actually pretty easy to transport. I did have a few peppermints that fell off overnight but I was able to apply a little bit more white frosting to the backs and stick them back on.