This post first appeared on my other blog in 2015, but since I no longer maintain that one, I'm reposting some of my favorites here!
For his 4th birthday, Spud wanted an Erupting Volcano Cake with Dinosaurs. Yep, he was SUPER specific! I went back and forth for awhile about how exactly I was going to have that volcano erupting. I kept imagining Junior High Science Fairs with baking soda and vinegar! The problem, of course being that that would ruin the cake!
Eventually, I decided to use candy melts! I melted some red and orange candies and spread them out on silicon mats to dry. Once they were solid again I just stuck them into the top of the volcano!
But that’s not all – I needed this cake to make an impact when it was cut! I needed magma!
So, I used a batch of Rich Chocolate Cake and spread a bit more than half into a 9x13 inch pan and a bit into a small batter bowl (reserving an additional ¾ cup of batter (or so). Then, I whipped up a White Almond Sour Cream Cake, split it in three and tinted it yellow, orange, and red. Then I scooped those colors on top of my chocolate cake, adding the reserved chocolate batter to cover the colors on the volcano part.
After they were baked and cut, I got these stunning magma layers inside the cake – the kids went nuts over it!