There's nothing like homemade cake for a birthday party. This one, inspired by comic book superheroes, is so easy the kids can help decorate it! They'll love adding their favorite heroes or villains to the scene. By combining some ready-made materials and homemade frosting, you'll have a cake that's sure to wow the comic book lovers in your family.
Blend together cake mix according to package directions, substituting melted butter for oil and milk for water. Bake. Cool completely.
Now for the frosting. In a medium size bowl, mix together softened butter, cocoa, vanilla extract and milk using an electric mixer. Add powdered sugar to taste. Mix well.
Note: I end up using about 1/2 to 3/4 of a lb. of powdered sugar. We like our frosting more chocolaty than sweet.
Frost the cake. Start at the top and work your way around and down using a spatula or butter knife. Smooth out frosting as you go.
Take vanilla wafers and cut them into varying heights. They'll serve as your skyline. Stick them down into the cake. You'll want to push firmly enough to have them pierce the cake itself, but not so hard that you crack them.
Next, affix candy in a ring around the top and bottom of your cake.
This next part is optional, but I think it adds a cool touch to the cake. Take colorful cardstock and hand-cut or craft-punch stars or starbursts. Apply to the side of cake. You can also affix starbursts to your skyline using a small dab of frosting.
Add characters to top. Now your cake is ready for a party.