Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Cake
When my oldest son turned 3, his most favourite book at the time was Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, written by Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault and illustrated by Lois Ehlert. I thought the book would make a perfect birthday cake for him!
A few days prior, I cut a piece of paper the exact size of the cake pan to practice drawing the design on. I wanted to make sure that it would fit and I would have room for the book title.
This was a double layer cake, using a 10″ x 2″ square cake pan. Using the book cover as my guide, I covered the cake with a smooth layer of orange icing, with pink icing along the top and right sides.
I used a toothpick to “draw” the tree into the icing. Any mistakes can be “erased” by smoothing the icing out with a finger dipped in warm water. This step needs to be done rather quickly, because as the orange icing hardens it is more difficult to smooth out small sections of it again if needed. I admit, smooth icing is not my area of expertise, and I found this deceptively simple technique very difficult.
Once the design was drawn, I filled it in with both light and dark green and brown icing using star tips. I used a thin round tip to write the book title and a larger round tip to make the polka dots. I slightly flattened the polka dots with a wet fingertip to make more flat and circular in shape, instead spherical blobs.
I put white icing along 3/4 of the sides and spaced out all of the letters of the alphabet on them. The last side was reserved for my son’s name.
I wanted to try something new for this cake, so attempted to make a Zebra Cake. For this technique, I used two different flavours of cake mix: Chocolate and Vanilla. The flavours (or colours) are then piled directly on top of each other, spoonful by spoonful, alternating each time. I started with one spoonful of chocolate mix in the middle of the cake pan. Directly on top of that, I put a spoonful of vanilla cake mix, and so on. As you add each spoonful of mix, the mixture spreads out and fills up the whole pan. A tutorial can be found here.
My son loved his literature themed cake! Chicka, chicka, BOOM BOOM!