My buddy Bill turns 40 today. So of course we had to fill his cube with toys.
The toys were someone else’s idea, but a couple of weeks ago I decided that I would be making a LEGO cake for him because he’s a LEGO fanatic. His goal when he retires is to build the city of San Francisco, brick by brick, so I figured if he can do that, I can make a cake.
My first step was to Google “LEGO cake” and I got a lot of good ideas. At first I was going to make a few cakes into big bricks, Betty Crocker style, but that seemed a little too simple. Also, if you don’t use fondant (and I just don’t like the taste of it) then it would be hard to get a smooth brick look.
The most time consuming part was melting the candy and making the LEGO bricks and men in three different colors. The yellow and red candy melts worked fine right out of the bag, but I bought candy melt coloring for the blue to make it a darker, more brick-like shade.
The baking was actually the easiest bit, as I just used box mixes for a chocolate sheet cake and Funfetti cupcakes. (Woo hoo! Fun in a box!)
I made a batch of regular buttercream frosting and dyed it LEGO yellow for the cupcakes, and made a batch of chocolate buttercream for the cake.
Once the cake was cool I cut it in half, and then I made rectangular cutouts in the bottom layer. I slid my bricks into these so that a few would stick out. The brick mold makes long, thin bricks, which was better for decorating the cake, although not an authentic LEGO shape.
After that I put the top layer of the cake on then cut an L shape out of one corner for a pile of the candy bricks. Then I frosted all around the cake, covering the bricks part way so that it looks like the cake might be made of all bricks. (And several people at work thought that it really was.)
I waited until I got to work to put the candy minifigs on the cupcakes, just in case the colors bled together, but that didn’t seem to be a problem.
Everyone else in the department did a great job of decorating, so all I had to do was put down the LEGO wrapping paper I got at the LEGO store and set it all out. Birthday Bill was thrilled with it and my only fear now is that nobody in my office is ever going to want a plain birthday cake again.