Okay, so if any of you watched the video in the last post you would have seen Joseph blowing out his candles on his Mount Wanna-hock-a-loogie Birthday cake. I saw someone make this cake on one of those Food Network shows and I knew that was what I was going to make Joseph for his birthday, I just needed to find a theme to go around it . I was going to do a dinosaur theme (Joseph’s crazy for dinosaurs) but as we were getting supplies from the party store we came across some Nemo memorabilia and he wouldn’t stop talking about Nemo and Dory and all their little friends. I realized that he would be much happier and excited about a Nemo party than a dinosaur one, but I had to somehow incorporate the volcano into the theme.
Then it came to me (how clever am I) there was a volcano in the movie, it was the volcano in the fish tank that Nemo was trapped in while his daddy was trying to find him. Peach, Gill, Bloat, Bubbles, and the rest of the gang had affectionately nicknames the volcano Mount Wanna-hock-a-loogie (pronounced just the way it’s read).
*** Wow, that’s when you know you’ve seen the movie one too many times. I just did all of that without looking at the box or any assistance. We’ve been watching this movie since Benjamin was a little baby (it was one of his favorites too).
So, here’s the recipe that I used just in case any of you are as insane as I am and want to take on quite an endeavor.
3 boxes red velvet cake (can do chocolate, but you use cut off pieces to make lava rocks later, hence the need for “red” cake)
4 cups water
1 1/2 cups vegetable oil
9 egg whites
3 cans chocolate whipped frosting
1 can green decorating icing (we used blue icing because we wanted it to represent water instead of grass)
1 can red decorating icing
1 can orange decorating icing
1 can yellow decorating icing
1 votive candle holder
1 lb. dry ice
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray 2 (8-inch) cake pans, 2 (10-inch) cake pans and 1 (6-inch) Bundt pan with cooking spray and set aside.
Beat cake mix, water, oil, and egg whites in a large bowl with an electric mixer for 2 minutes on medium speed. Divide batter equally between prepared cake pans.
Bake 8-inch cakes and 6-inch Bundt cakes in oven for 35 to 40 minutes and 10-inch cakes for 45 to 50 minutes, or until tester comes out clean. Remove and cool completely.
To assemble, use a serrated knife to slice off the tops of the 8 and 10-inch cake so the surface of each cake is flat. Place the cut tops into a large bowl and break up to from large crumbs. The crumbs will be used a “lava rocks” at the base of the volcano. Slice the bottom off the 6-inch bunt cake so it sits flat.
Spread a thin layer of chocolate frosting between the 10-inch cake layers and stack. Spread a thin layer of chocolate frosting between 8-inch cake layers and stack. Place another thin layer of frosting on top of the 8-inch layer cake and place the bunt cake cut side down on top. Place a dollop of frosting on top of the 10-inch cake and carefully, place 8-inch cake on top and center of 10-inch cake.
Use a serrated knife to trim edges around the tops of both cakes to create a cone shaped cake. (Make angled cuts downward and leave a round base on top for icing to “flow” from.)
To decorate, frost outside of entire cake with remaining chocolate frosting. Place the cake crumbs around the base of the cake. Pipe green icing around the entire bottom of the cake for “grass”. To create “flowing lava” pipe red icing a quarter from the top of cake in downward strokes to the middle of the cake with ribbon tip. Repeat technique with orange icing, starting almost at top of cake and ending where red icing begins with slight overlap. Repeat technique with yellow icing starting at the very top of cake and overlap orange icing.
For the smoke effect place a few pieces of dry ice into glass candle votive. Place the votive into the hole of the bunt cake. Pour a small amount of warm water into the votive and watch it smoke.
Joseph was so excited, as were the other kids and all the family members. It was very time consuming but it was totally worth it to see how wonderful it turned out! IT was actually quite tasty as well! I would do it again, but I would do things a little differently like make the cakes a day in advance and freeze them so that it would be easier to cut them and assemble them. Everything else was so easy and didn’t take that much time at all.
I’m glad I was able to give Joseph something fun for his birthday before my time and energy is divided even further. I love you, Joseph!!!