CrossFit Birthday Cake

I’m going to pretend like it hasn’t been a month or so since my last post. Because it’s now May. I feel like May kind of gets screwed because that’s when everyone starts counting down to summer. And by everyone, I mean students and teachers. That’s how I view May…a gateway to summer. I had been baking every weekend since February and thought last weekend would be a little break…until I was approached with a cake request that was different from what I normally do. Of course I couldn’t say no. I was asked to do a CrossFit cake, which I’ve done before, but this one was all fondant. Now I know how to make fondant, and decorate with fondant and gumpaste. It’s just my personal opinion that it doesn’t taste that good and that regular frosting is better. Fondant usually wins in the looks department though (I guess that means buttercream has a great personality.) Anyways, I hadn’t made a fondant cake since I took a cake decorating class four years ago. I will say it is much easier to do fondant than pipe buttercream!

CrossFit Cake
CrossFit Cake

First I made a kettlebell out of rice krispies treats. This was to go on top of the cake. It took me about 20 minutes to shape the rice krispies into a kettlebell, a lot less stressful than trying to make one with cake. I covered the bell and handle in fondant separately, and then attached the handle to the bell with toothpicks. I cut out a 4-0 and glued it to the front (birthday boy was turning 40). Edible glue y’all…basically sugar water. I also made jump rope handles out of gumpaste. I did all of this the day before I made the cake, so it would have time to set.

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I baked two 8″ cakes and leveled them off. I placed one cake on the large cake board and covered it in buttercream, then fondant. I put the second layer on an 8″ cake board and covered it in fondant as well. Then I stacked the second layer on the first layer, but slightly off center to represent stacked plates. I cut out “Happy Birthday” in gumpaste and adhered it to the two layers. I also added letters and numbers on top of the cake to add some detail of the plate. I added the kettlebell on top, glued the jump rope handles with frosting, and added a fondant rope to the handles. I left some of powdered sugar on the kettlebell and the cake because it looked like chalk. That’s it! I love how bright this cake is!

CrossFit Cake

CrossFit Groom’s Cake

Boy meets girl at CrossFit. Boy proposes to girl at CrossFit. Boy asks for CrossFit groom’s cake. Actually I was told I could do whatever I wanted, just as long as it was chocolate and peanut butter. And then as an after thought, “if you could make it CrossFit somehow, that would be cool”. About three weeks before the wedding I realized I should probably plan this sucker out. I didn’t really have much experience with cakes that large, so it was a little intimidating. I decided to make two separate cakes- a jump box and a stack of plates, and then rice krispie treats shaped into a kettle bell and covered in fondant. Very simple in design, but recognizably CrossFit. Well for those that do CrossFit. At the wedding I overheard a lot of comments made by non-CrossFitters asking “What is Rogue? I think that’s supposed to be plates, like weights.”

CrossFit Cake
CrossFit Groom’s Cake. Or some Rogue publicity.

Due to the size of the jump box cake, I had to engineer some support in the cake. Gravity tends to take over when you have three layers of dense chocolate cake and lots of peanut butter filling. When you stack a tiered cake, you place dowel rods in the supporting layer and then place the next layer (that’s is on a cake board) on top. I did the same thing here, the layers were just the same size. HUGE thanks to my dad and his skill with a hack saw. Bet you didn’t think baking required knowledge of tools. This is why you have to be well-rounded ladies!!

Cake engineering
Cake engineering

Decorating these actually didn’t take as long as I thought. I did all of this after work one afternoon- baking and decorating. I was slightly impressed with myself.

Which one is real?!
Which one is real?!

When layering a cake, you have to level off each layer. If you’re lucky, you end up only slicing off a little bit off the top. But with 5 (large!) layers, I had a lot of extra cake and it hurts my heart to throw away good cake. So I layered the extra cake and frosting with Reese’s cups and called it a day. I gave a jar to the bride and groom so they wouldn’t have to fight for a piece at the wedding. Apparently my Grandmother didn’t get a piece of my Dad’s groom’s cake and she still won’t let that go.

Cake in a Jar
Cake in a jar…nom.

Congratulations to Michelle and Ryan- the wedding was a blast and a great celebration of the love between yall. Next week is Thanksgiving…time to get baking!