[corner-ad id=2]Hey!! I don’t know where to start! So much so that I’m waiting to see where my mind goes before I title this post. We had a cousin spend the night Friday and made our cinnamon ornaments and I can’t wait to share that. The post was postponed (ha…word play rocks) due to my excitement over the balloon balls, and now we’ve had not one but two back-to-back birthdays (the twins’ birthday- 4 this year!!!- is the day after my husband’s), resulting in three birthday desserts! My husband’s was super simple: out of the box cheesecake. So I’ll spare your time there! But the twins…my daughter wanted frozen cupcakes (mostly because her cousin is Frozen crazy and she thought she might get to come) and an Ariel cake, and her twin brother wanted Jurassic Park (his started as Thomas the train which he hasn’t even watched in a year but I was going to fashion out of ice-cream sandwiches) until big brother mentioned the dinosaurs. Rather than going with the movie I just embraced “dinosaurs” thus the dinosaur fossil dessert was born.
Okay….cinnamon dough can wait one more day….I’ve got birthday fever! (Plus my mommy didn’t get to come, so I want to share with her A.S.A.P.)
We’ll start with the girl. Frozen cupcakes. She originally wanted a castle, which I planned to make out of sheet candy, but then spotted some cupcake liners and picks at Wal-Mart….so that was easy.
For the icing I added some blue gel food color to part of it and didn’t mix it in all that well. I left it sort of swirly. I added a heap full of that beside a heap full of white so that both colors came out together. I didn’t like my swirly around icing job, so I went with my old favorite, which I guess would be a star?
On to the cake:
The Ariel cake wasn’t mentioned until the night before her birthday. She’s all about The Little Mermaid right now, so I was surprised that wasn’t where she started!! I had already printed out a 3-D Ariel paper-craft and hadn’t gotten around to cutting and assembling it, so I went ahead and started that.
The head and torso are one section. The tail another, and the tail fin is alone. Before I assembled it I noticed that without the tail attached she leans on her hand. So, I just used the torso and fin. I put tape anywhere it might touch the cake to keep the ink from running. Wouldn’t you know that I set the fin down on a spot of water when I was taping it!? Oh, well. I made the cake only three or four hours before the party, so I skipped the crumb coat. There’s still sand in the ocean, right? I piped around the bottom just to make it look cleaner and let my little princess add some Sixlets decorations. Would you believe that she actually spaced them out just so and made sure the colors went every other one? Children impress me.
I used a rock thing (washed really well) from a past dinosaur set to have her lean on, and just built up a bit of icing to fill out the space where her body would sit. I should have made some green since that would technically be her tail… The plan was to attach toothpicks to the fin and her body to set her on the cake, but I just literally pushed it all into the icing just a touch (remember tape was encasing the paper) and she stayed perfectly. Super simple and she loved it!!! Probably helped that I let her decorate!
Backtracking a little….I had in my mind (as of 6:45 a.m….it was on the way to school that we had the conversation) what I wanted to do for the dinosaur thing so I needed to go to Wal-Mart. I tried to bake the girl stuff before we left and was greeted with a half-dozen broke eggs, so I only had enough to bake one mix (Dunkin Hines white is my fave!).
I split it between cupcakes and an 8 inch square pan, but wasn’t happy. Six cupcakes are stupid. I also wanted another layer for the Ariel cake. But…..I happened to see a 24 pack of bakery cupcakes marked down to $3.98!!! I thought they might sort of look like coral or something with the cake on top…..maybe.
Anyway, the trip to Wal-Mart was to get dinosaur fossils and clear cups. My plan was to take these little gum ball machine dinosaur fossils and sort of bury them in dirt pudding then freeze them, so that the kids would have to excavate their desert to get them. I just really didn’t want ANOTHER cake. So I had to figure something at least ice-cream-ish so they both had something they wanted.
They don’t have them in the machine anymore. The only small dinosaurs they had were all multi-colored and I at the very least wanted white (my mom had picked up some glow-in-the-dark ones somewhere that I had in my head at that point). So instead I got a T-rex skeleton that you assemble.
So, this became the new plan…A dinosaur fossil desert sort of like dirt pudding!
I made two small boxes of chocolate pudding, but only added 3 cups of milk instead of 4, then a small 8 oz. tub of whipped cream.
I pulsed 5 Oreos in my food processor a few times then added the large chunks of cookies to my pudding concoction.
I ground a little less than half of the remaining cookies into a fine powder, then added three tablespoons of melted butter. I pressed that on the bottom of my pan.
I ground the remaining cookies (leaving them just a little bigger) to use on the top.
I added about a fourth of them, then inserted my washed dinosaur fossils into the cake. I didn’t end up using them all.
Then the twins and I added the rest of the crushed cookies, essentially burying or fossils. It had about three hours to chill before we ate it.
It tasted just like chocolate ice-cream!! The most fun was watching them all remove the bones and then lick the stuff off of them. They looked like a bunch of cavemen gnawing on bones! They are too funny! I really liked how excited my oldest was about it…Since we don’t do Christmas we started just going ahead and doing for all three of them at both birthdays. If we have more kids that won’t work anymore, buying twice a year is my limit!! We’ll figure it out when we get there!
It all turned out great, and they were happy with not only their cakes but their gifts, too! My daughter liked her Ariel Barbie paired with the box from a princess set (it’s Ariel’s house) and had to have her own nails painted immediately (she such a girl…I don’t know what this tom boy is supposed to do with that!), my son loves stomping around in his dinosaur feet house slippers, and my oldest liked his wilderness survival tool that my in-laws gave him. Both the boys got the same style rubber bullet shooting play pistol, so that should be fun!
So, I’m sorry you (meaning everyone in the world…especially my mother) couldn’t make it but I’m glad I have a way to share!!
‘Til next time! (when we make cinnamon ornaments…promise!)