I've got geeky birthday cakes on the brain this week. My husband turns ... well, let's just say he's turning 29 again. And I'd like to make him a deeply nerdy birthday cake. You can find plenty of amazing ideas online, but really, how many of those are executable by the average baker?
So I've found some suggestions for geeky cakes that seem reasonably easy for those with high hopes but limited professional pastry chef skills.
One note: I do have a tiny bit of training in that I've taken a cake-decorating class, so I have passing familiarity with crumb coats and icing bags. The Wilton website has a Cake Decorating 101 tutorial that will get you up to speed on the basics.
Many pastry artists have created truly gorgeous TARDIS cakes, but most would be difficult and time-consuming to recreate. (Irony: If you had a TARDIS, you could take all the time you need to make the cake, then travel back to when it will be served.)
|From RozDeMinion's deviantART post|
There's a bigger on the inside joke here. You can fill in the blanks yourself.
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I'm wondering if you could also create a Lego brick-style cake by cutting out rectangles from a 9x13 cake, then topping them with the bottom halves of cupcakes and frosting the whole shebang. Sounds worth a try. The good news is, you can always gobble up the failures. Iced cakes are delicious, no matter how well or poorly they're decorated.
This isn't so much nerdy as horrifying and wrong. But for what it's worth, this a cake I once made. The stunned silence that greets its arrival is priceless. So ... make it for someone you hate, I guess?
Frost a big, flat piece of cardboard that you place in a cake pan. Write in icing on top "The cake is a lie." Nobody can accuse you of not warning them!
So what cake would you tackle if you were tasked with baking the geek in your life a birthday treat?