Thursday, April 7, 2011

Earth Day Cake (a Recycled Birthday Cake Idea)

It's no secret that my boys love bugs and anything that slinks on the ground.  If it has potential to make girls scream-  they LOVE it.  A few years ago my son wanted a bug cake for his birthday.  I do have to say that this was the easiest cake he's requested.  It also goes along with Earth Day celebrations this month.  What's greener than a recycled birthday cake idea?

 
Here is what you need:
  • one unfrosted chocolate cake-  you can use a plain box mix or your favorite homemade version
  • prepared chocolate pudding-  probably about 4 cups
  • one package of crumbled chocolate sandwich cookies-  Oreos or knock-offs work
  • washed plastic bugs and small snakes
Prepare a pan or surface for your cake.  I just used a simple cookie sheet.  I have also wrapped cardboard in tinfoil or wrapping paper for a base.

 
I hope you were avid "mud pie" makers when you were little.  This experience will come in handy!

 
Here's what you do:

 
  • Break up your chocolate cake into chunks and put a layer on the surface.
  • Next, spread pudding and cookies over the first cake layer. 
  • Repeat with the remaining cake, pudding, and cookies.
  • Strategically place your insects on top of the "earth" cake.   

 
 

 

 

 
Celebrate a birthday or Earth Day with a memorable cake.  Everyone will love it and no one will forget it. 

 
Happy Eating!

 
If you are having trouble finding insects, Amazon has some available that look promising.

7 comments:

Plain Graces said...

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Latoshia said...

This is such a neat idea! I just saw something like it in Family Fun magazine - they did a 9by9 cake and bordered the sides with the long pretzel rods. It looked like a compost pile! hpb157@yahoo.com

Plain Graces said...

I haven't read my Family Fun yet :-( I made this a couple of years ago for my son's birthday and it's so easy! I love Family Fun! A compost pile would be really cool. Did you make it?

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