Happy Friday everybody! A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to make a birthday cake for a girl in my neighborhood. She was having a camping birthday party and wanted her cake to look like a campfire. I thought I would share how I made her cake.
The first step is to melt your candy to make the flames (I used cherry jolly ranchers and butterscotch candies). Crush the candy into very small pieces. Spread the pieces evenly on a aluminum foil covered baking sheet (you also need to spray the aluminum foil with pan spray after you cover the pan). Bake in the oven for about 6 minutes on 350° F. After the candy has melted, let it cool and then break it into pieces to be used as the fire on top of the cake.
Next, make your cakes. I made a s’mores center for the cakes so one of the cakes had a graham cracker base. To make the graham cracker layer, crush 18 graham crackers and mix it with 1/2 cup sugar, 1/2 tsp salt, and 12 Tbsp of melted butter. Press it into the bottom of the cake pan and pour the cake batter on top. Bake your cakes and let them cool.
Cut the cakes so that they are even. Layer chocolate frosting and marshmallow fluff then place the other cake on top. Frost the outside of the cake. Cut pirouettes in half and place them evenly around the cake. Then gently push the candy pieces in the center of the cake to make a flame. I placed mini marshmallows around the edge and toasted them with a chef torch to add to the s’more flavor but they are optional. Enjoy!