Making a Playable Angry Birds Cake
From the moment I saw this playable Angry Birds cake I knew that a) Zoë would LOVE it and b) she would want an Angry Birds themed birthday party. I was more than happy to oblige. I had visions of grand cakes and flying birds, but what we made turned out a bit differently.
I found this AMAZING step-by-step playable cake tutorial (thank goodness!). My cake making skills are fairly pathetic and I had never made or worked with fondant before, and the tutorial was a life saver. I ordered a plain sheet cake frosted green from the grocery store to use as the base. I honestly didn’t think anyone would even eat the cake after it got destroyed by the birds. (I was completely wrong.)
A few nights before the party I stayed up late making fondant birds. All in all I’d say they turned out pretty good! They aren’t going to win any awards for beauty, but for a first attempt they weren’t bad! Making figures out of fondant is very much like playing with sticky playdough. If you do plan on making birds of your own I have one tip: Keep them in the refrigerator (or freezer) until right before you launch them. Once they get warm they get soft and will smoosh when you try to fling them.
Remember my vision of a glorious intricate cake? Instead I let Zoë build/design the cake with me. Honestly, I like it better. She was so excited to help decorate her birthday cake and it turned out exactly the way she wanted it to, just as it should.
Zoë had a blast knocking down her cake and everyone ate it! In fact, the kids took great pleasure in choosing the exact mangled piece they wanted with a bird or pig or piece of candy bar on the side. Who knew?