Once I had a birthday blog. But then this blog took off and the birthday blog's domain was stolen, so I shut it down. I am transferring the cake tutorials to this blog since I still get so many emails about them.
I loved how easy this cake was. Something so simple can have a big impact. Another thought I had (after it was all done and eaten of course) was to add candy rocks around the fire to look like a fire pit. It isn't necessary but might be a cute addition if you can find them.
While the cake was baking I made the candy part of this cake. I put ½ cup of sugar, ¼ a cup of corn syrup (Karo syrup) and ⅛ cup water in a sauce pan and brought it to a boil. I don't have a candy thermometer so I use a trick my mom taught me. I have a bowl of ice water next to the stove and when it starts to get thicker and I think it might be ready I use a spoon and put a little in the water. If it hardens and cracks when I break it then it is ready. If not, stir a little longer and then try again. I make candy often with my kids and this has always worked. If you want a more exact way or if you already have a thermometer then it needs to reach 295 F. I added the coloring at the end because I didn't want it to mix all of the way. I wanted the color to vary a little. I also added flavoring. Don't add the flavoring until you have turned off the heat and allowed it to sit for about 30 seconds. I then poured it onto tin foil that was on a cookie sheet.
If you have a gap between the cake and whatever the cake is on, just pipe frosting to fill in the gap, then smooth it with a butter knife. This is another cake that doesn't need a perfectly smooth frosting job.
I used Pepperidge Farms cookies for the logs. They have are the perfect color and have brown flecks (plus they are mint chocolate and super YUMMY!). I put the "fire" on like this so it had some dimension. You can add more if you want.
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