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My First Decorated Cake That Looked Like It Was Supposed To

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Let me preface this post by saying: I am *the* worst baked good decorator on the planet. I think it’s a lot of fun, but I just don’t have that skill. I can barely icing a cupcake without it looking it like someone smushed it on the floor.

Second disclaimer: This cake is completely egg/dairy free, but there is a LOT of sugar. It’s a special occasion, and we rarely ever have sugary treats in the house, but I still feel guilty for having the center of a birthday celebration be a sugary slice of cake. I stand by that there are way healthier ways to celebrate, and most of the time I try to make a more wholesome “cake” or treat. That being said, I bough a can of pressurized green frosting to create the grass of the cake. Yum, lots of artificial colors and crap. I *hate* using food coloring! Now that I’ve beaten myself up enough about it, let’s move onto the cake!

I like to make a cake a few days ahead of time and freeze it. Mostly, because it’s something I can do ahead of time and not worry about it last minute, but it also makes it easier to ice. Be sure to let it thaw completely before icing it.

I defrosted (organic) strawberries in the fridge, and sliced them up real thin for a middle layer. I was kind of nervous that it would get funky, or ruin it somehow, but it came out really good. I could’ve done a better job slicing more evenly, and then I could’ve probably added more.

I used crushed up (organic, vegan) chocolate sandwich cookies (think Oreos) for the dirt path. I put a thin strip of icing down under it to help it stick.

Then I used a can of Wilton decorating icing for the grass area. I considered dying coconut green, but I’d still be using artificial colors, and not everyone likes coconut, so I stuck with the icing. It was really, really easy to use.

The most enjoyed part of the cake was the BMX toy. The requested cake was supposed to be a “bike” cake, because my (now) 6yo just started riding his bike without training wheels. I could not find a normal bike toy anywhere, but luckily I found this at Target for 6 bucks. Despite loving anything sugary, I think this was his favorite part of the cake.

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Frozen cakes, thawed.

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Layer of mostly thawed strawberries. The bottom layer was cracking, and I used the strawberries to paste it together a little bit.

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I made sure the strawberries were on the cake with no icing underneath them, so the cake would absorb any liquid. This worked out really well. I put a thin layer of icing on top (a little bit more and more evenly then shown here).

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I iced the sides and then put a strip to hold the “dirt” on.

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Crushed up chocolate sandwich cookies, and the start of the grass.

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Finished cake, sans BMX dude.

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Super cool BMX dude.

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I used tooth picks to hold him in place on the cake. I tried to write “Happy Birthday” but the icing wasn’t as thick as the grass and just kind of dissolved. No one noticed.

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Sometimes vegan cakes don’t hold up well, and even with this one, one layer was a little more crumbly than the other, but overall it turned out great.

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Do you have any tips for decorating baked goods? Are there any more natural or healthier options out there?