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Tornado

Contest Photo by: SharonRoyalV
Pinole, CA
Category: Cakes and Cupcakes

Tell us about the theme of your party and how you made it fabulous:

I have been making cakes for my nephews and nieces for he past couple of years, so I asked my nephew what kind of cake he would like? He answered Tornado Cake, and I thought "how am I going to do that?" Max (5 years old) had been into watching documentaries about tornados and was just facsinated about them. His parents rigged up a blue netting contraption in the shape of a cone (tornado) with a cutout of the tornado man on top of that. This netting was stuffed with blue and silver ballons and hung from the second floor balcony. The balloons where released towards the end of the party.

I did figure out a way to make the tornado without making a total mess. It was a success, the kids kept coming back to look at the cake and the parents where amazed on how it turned out.

List of Materials (craft) / Ingredients (cakes or cupcakes):

Two boxed chocolate cake mixes, 2 square pans, buttercream frosting, green food coloring, black spray food coloring, Shredded coconut, meringue (egg whites, sugar, wooden dowel or straw. Toy cars, farm animals and trees. A sign made from the invitation.

Instructions for making your party craft or birthday treat:

Made two chocolate cakes and stacked them after filling with buttercream frosting. Used green food coloring in the remaining frosting to frost the cake. Used green food coloring in coconut for the grass. I used a strip of fondant for the road and sprayed with black food coloring. The tornado was made with meringue (baked) - making disks in different sizes with holes in the middle so a dowel can be placed throught each one and then placed through the cake. Before stacking the tornado, each disk was sprayed lightly with black food coloring. A tree and a few farm animals were placed between the tornado disks for added drama. Cars, trees and farm animals where placed as though the twister hit them. The road was made from the birthday invitation.
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