Bowling Birthday Cake

by byn on August 1, 2011

in Cakes, Cupcakes & Icing

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I have very fond memories of my bowling birthday parties back in the 80s. Everyone has had a bowling birthday party, right? Good times! Kristine’s little nephew had his birthday party a few weeks ago, and I made the cake. I was pretty excited, what with my new found cake carving skills. I did a bit of googling for inspiration, but not wanting to go the 3D route, I settled on a big pin and little bowling ball.

I traced the shapes out on construction paper, cut them out, placed them on the 9×13 cake and used a sharp knife to cut them out (this is easier on a cold cake, so I chilled mine in the fridge).  I crumb coated both shapes, slicked on a second finishing layer, then decorated – the red stripes are fruit-by-the-foot and the holes in the bowling ball are chocolate melting discs from the bulk bin at the grocery store.

The cake was this vanilla 1-2-3-4 cake which I’ve used a few times before and is absolutely easy and delicious, topped with the best buttercream icing. It was a hit!

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Kristine August 1, 2011 at 4:53 pm

the cake was definitely a BIG hit!!!! thank you so much for making it.. malcolm is already looking forward to next year! 😉
(oh and just so everyone knows, the vanilla cake was delish on its own… i pretty much demolished the leftover cut outs without the icing.)


Melissa August 1, 2011 at 2:58 pm



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