I recently had the pleasure of making a cake for a friend's 30th birthday.
Another friend had contacted me a few weeks earlier, asking if I could make something "weird and cool" for the birthday party, which worked out perfectly because I, myself, can be pretty weird.
Aaron is a huge cereal enthusiast so the choice was obvious: I needed to make a cereal box cake.
I decided to go with a throwback Trix cereal box from the 80's.
I chose the more classic design, not only because of nostalgia's heartwarming properties, but also because I noticed that the Trix rabbit has grown increasingly high-strung and crackheaded-looking on recent boxes.
The cool thing about a cereal box cake is that you only need one pan (9"x13") and, since it's a single layer, it requires no stacking or construction. No dowel rods, no cut straws, no danger of it tipping - it's a great cake if you're working with fondant for the first time.
I used Smitten Kitchen's cake recipe. Unfortunately, mine turned out a little on the dry side. It was more dense, like a pound cake. I'll try taking it out of the oven a few minutes earlier next time.
The most time-consuming step was dyeing the fondant to reach that vibrant, candy-apple red you associate with a Trix box. Mike volunteered his hands to help knead and roll.
Cutting the letters for "Trix" was pretty easy because it's a simple block font. That's something to consider when you're looking for a design for your cake.
The rabbit's details were drawn using food markers. That part was a challenge. Notice the busted rabbit food.
The net age was piped on using royal icing.
And that's it!
Well, "that's it" is a bit of an exaggeration - this cake took about 8 hours to put together. But if you're interested in working with fondant, a cereal box cake is pretty good place to start. Next time you're grocery shopping, walk down the cereal aisle for some inspiration. You can coordinate the cake flavor with the cereal (chocolate cake for a Cocoa Puffs box, a strawberry cake for Frankenberry) or pick a box based solely on its design.
The best part? Cake doesn't cut the roof of your mouth.
Take that, Cap'n.
Take that, Cap'n.