Spiffy Skateboard Cake

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Spiffy Skateboard Cake
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When skateboarder Jason Petri of Dallas turned five, his parents worked together to create this "wheely" cool cake for their son's big day. Dad Joseph, a skateboarder himself, came up with the design, and mom Valerie transformed his ideas into an edible masterpiece. They chose to feature the underside of the board because it's more colorful than the top, which is typically covered with grip tape, says Valerie. This is one birthday cake that any skater will undoubtedly kick-flip over!
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What you'll need

  • 9-inch round cake
  • 9- by 13-inch cake
  • Yellow and red food coloring
  • 3 16-ounce tubs of white frosting
  • Wooden toothpick
  • 4 small chocolate-coated doughnuts
  • 2 Pirouette cookies
  • 4 peppermint candies
  • Pastry bag and tip

How to make it

  1. Spiffy Skateboard Cake - Step 1

    Cut the round cake in half. Trim the long edges of the rectangular cake so that they are contoured like the sides of a skateboard, then arrange the cakes as shown.

  2. Tint 2 tubs of frosting yellow and 1 tub red. Then spread a thin base layer of yellow icing over the entire cake.

  3. Create a pattern for the design by using a toothpick to etch a swirl and stripes in the frosting. Use a pastry bag fitted with a wide, round tip to pipe frosting peaks on the entire cake: red on the swirl and stripes, yellow on the remainder. If the icing is too soft to hold its shape during piping, simply chill it right in the bag for a few minutes.

  4. Spiffy Skateboard Cake - Step 4

    Finally, for each set of wheels, use dabs of frosting to stick a doughnut to each end of a Pirouette cookie (you may need to make the doughnut holes a bit bigger first). Stick the peppermint candies to the outer centers of the doughnuts. Let the frosting harden a bit and then set the wheels in place atop the skateboard.

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