My incredibly cool nephew was turning double digits! To commemorate the decade long accomplishment I told him I would make his birthday cake. He wanted a Lego cake and I had no idea where to begin. But, I was determined to make him the best Lego cake ever. After a couple hours on Pinterest and a half dozen crumpled up sketches, I had come up with a plan!
Lego Head Cake
Estimated Servings 48
- (4) 10″ cakes – equates to 4 cake mixes if you are using boxed cake mixes
- (3) jars of frosting
- Yellow dye – I used Wiltons Buttercup Yellow
- Cake board – cutting board or sturdy cardboard will do if you don’t want to buy a cake board. Better yet, use a green Lego base. I will definitely do this next time!
- Wilton Chocolate Melts in a variety of colors
- Silicone Lego mold
- Waxed paper
- Wiltons Sugar Sheets
- I started with a variety of Wilton Chocolate Melts and a Silicone Lego Mold
- Melt one color of chocolate at a time over low heat, stirring almost constantly
- I tried several methods of filling the mold with chocolate, but I found it was easiest to use either a pastry bag or bottle and a small circle writing tip.
- Place tray in freezer to harden
- In total I made 24 Lego pieces, but you can play with that quantity
Lego Head Cake
Day Before Party – Make Cakes
- I started by making four 10″ cakes. My nephew wanted vanilla, but any flavor will work. In hindsight, I would have dyed the cake batter yellow to match the frosting.
- I cut a circle roughly 6″ in diameter in 2 of the cakes.
- Wrap cakes separately in waxed paper and freeze.
Click here for tips on how to bake cakes flat so they are easier to stack.
Day of Party – Decorate!
- Remove cakes from freezer and stack – full cake on the bottom and the two cakes with the centers cut out on top.
- Fill open center with Lego pieces, saving a few pieces to decorate the outside
- Cover the opening with the 4th full cake and top with one of the 6″ circles you cut out to make room for the Legos
- Mix 1/2 a container of frosting with 1/8 cup of water. The first layer of frosting will serve as the crumb coat to keep the crumbs in tack and out of your way when you decorate. When you have covered the cake with a thin crumb coating, refrigerate for 1 hour or until the crumb coating is firm.
- While the crumb coat is setting mix together the remaining frosting and some of the yellow dye until you have achieved a bright, vibrant yellow.
- Use the sugar sheet to cut out the facial features. This was my first time using sugar sheets and they were incredibly easy to use. I used kitchen scissors to cut just as if I was cutting paper. They can let even a novice cake decorator, such as myself, look (or at least feel) like a pro!
- When the crumb coat has set, cover the cake with a layer of yellow frosting
- Complete by adding the facial features made from the sugar sheets and garnish with a few additional Lego pieces
- Now for the fun party – ENJOY!