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Indiana Jones Lego Cake

My little man has it good. He has a mamma who is a Martha Stewart wanna be. This means she'll plan out, shop for and spend hours baking and decorating the "perfect" birthday cake. And, you know what, regardless whether it turns out "perfect" or not, he loves his cakes and thinks his mom rocks (yes, that's my ulterior motive)! With each birthday and each cake he has taught me the much-needed lesson of "let it go, mom, it's good enough"

This week W.C. is celebrating his 5th birthday. And this year, I finally "let go" and let him help make the cake and toppers—and you know what, the memory of it all is already more meaningful.

Here is the finished product. I'll admit this cake doesn't fit into our everyday diet, but once a year, I let go and loosen up a bit. It is, however, gluten-free, dairy-free and egg-free.

Here is what I used:

Bottom Cake
Betty Crocker Gluten-Free Yellow Cake Mix (using 3 flax eggs and EarthBalance buttery spread) ... definitely NOT sugar-free : )

Top Cake
Half a batch of Elana's Pantry's Vegan Chocolate Cupcakes batter (baked in a 5"-round springform pan). The recipe is in her soon-to-release Gluten-Free Cupcakes cookbook.

A buttercream concoction of coconut oil, Earthbalance buttery spread, palm oil, vanilla and honey. I don't know the measurements, I just threw it all together and lightly tinted with India Tree natural vegetable colorants.

Indiana Jones-Themed Toppers
Store-bought white fondant (warning: sugar and I believe corn-syrup laden!) colored with some fake and some India Tree natural vegetable colorants. We do not eat the fondant. I tell the kids it's just for decoration : )

Now I'd better go wrap those presents (you guessed it, Legos) and wish my "bright and shiny" a happy birthday.

Oh and cool trick. I'm pretty frugal and didn't want to hunt down and spend money on a Lego mold. So my friend Hannah and I made the blocks and pressed Legos into them. The effect was good enough!

Reader Comments (16)

Mom of the year! It looks amazing! You two did a great job :)

April 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMaggie

Your ready for ace of cakes!

April 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterFrancie

Francie, really?! Ha, thanks : )


April 12, 2011 | Registered CommenterLexie

Hey Miss Maggie ... I'll pass the compliment onto my guy. I just admired your Oat, Almond & Date muffins. Loverly! : )

And yes, today "I Let Them Eat Cake."


April 12, 2011 | Registered CommenterLexie

This post brings back great memories for me, Lexie. I made an Army tank cake, a dinosaur cake, a snowman cake, a Lego cake (it was just one big giant green Lego, so pretty easy), and many more ... sometimes with son's help, if he was inerested. Only for son's birthdays did I get into cakes. You guys did a fantastic job with this one!


April 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterShirley @ gfe

I'm with W.C. on all the above. A/ his mom totally rocks; and B/there are times to let it go and enjoy the experience because that's where the memories are.

April 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLaurel

Oh I can't even imagine the hours spent on that! It just gives me the chills! :-)

Cole had an Indiana jones party where we did an obstacle course in which Bill built a ramp that when you took the treasure, a big ball would roll down on you. I had a water drinking contest and served spaghetti in coconut monkey heads..Drew would not eat his...oph such memories of back when I was martha stewart!

April 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAmii

Hey Amii, now THERE's and idea ... I promised W more of a party next year. It was just family this time. The cake was about all I could muster. And it really didn't take all that long. I love the fondant (though we don't eat it) because it's like grown up playdough : ) Hope you're well! Miss you all down there in Denver.


April 13, 2011 | Registered CommenterLexie

Oh, my gosh, it's FAB!

April 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSerene

Wow, wow and wow!!!!! I seriously thought about making C his cake this year - his bday is next Monday - but I've wimped out and ordered a dairy-free and gluten-free one from the Mariposa bakery. He is smart enough to know that the thought of a cake from his favorite bakery is better than one that I would rustle up. ;-). I will definitely not be showing him this, otherwise I'll never here the last of it. Hope the celebration went well! xo

April 13, 2011 | Unregistered Commenternicola @ gfreemom

You are unbelievable! That is one fantastic cake!! It does not even look like you "let go" at all. In fact it looks like you went ALL OUT!! You are one amazing mamma and your boys are so so lucky! I cannot wait to hear all about how is birthday was and how that awesome cake tasted! And you are one Martha Stewart wanna-be who is well well well on her way! This will be such a great memory for him. I hope he has a wonderful 5ht birthday!

AWESOME!! Simply awesome! :-)

April 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAbby

Lex- I CANNOT BELIEVE YOU DID THIS. I am both jealous and in ridiculous awe of you.
My kid would FREAK OUT if he saw this....Amazing. :)

April 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKirsten

Ha! Kirsten, I love you ; ) !!

Fondant is so easy to color and play with. It's like play dough. I encourage anyone to try it :). Just refrain from eating it because it's just pure sugar and #&*%. Use tools like cookie cutters, pizza cuttters etc. The decorations can be made ahead and stored in a container with the top ajar to lallow for a bit of airflow. Seriously it is so easy : ) It makes my kid feel like he can have a cake like all the other kids .... Imagine the fun you could have making little toppers for cupcakes : )


April 16, 2011 | Registered CommenterLexie

Wow, wow and more wows! I'm so impressed with your lego cake. I thought I did a good job making a "strawberry shortcake" cake one time, but it was nothing compared to this. Having said that, kids don't care -- they know it when they have a mom who rocks the kitchen! You definitely do that. No doubt about it.

Is that a skeleton I see down there at the base of the cake? Indiana Jones is one tough dude.

I love this cake! I want one.

April 17, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterglutenfreeforgood

That cake is awesome! I am sure that he loved it :)

April 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterStephanie

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