Campfire Birthday Cake

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).  IMG_1476Crush 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).  IMG_1475Bake in the oven for about 6 minutes on 350° F.  IMG_1477After the candy has melted, let it cool and then break it into pieces to be used as the fire on top of the cake.IMG_1491

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. IMG_1485 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.  IMG_1486 IMG_1488Frost the outside of the cake.  IMG_1489 IMG_1490Cut pirouettes in half and place them evenly around the cake.  IMG_1492Then gently push the candy pieces in the center of the cake to make a flame.  IMG_1496I placed mini marshmallows around the edge and toasted them with a chef torch to add to the s’more flavor but they are optional.IMG_1493IMG_1495 Enjoy!IMG_1496 slice

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