Poker Birthday Cake

Today is hubby’s birthday, so I decided to venture out of my comfort zone and look on the Wilton website at cake ideas. I came across a Poker Cake and thought ‘Hey, I can do that’… so I did. Well, not exactly how the cake in their picture was, but I decided to take the picture and play around with some ideas.

I started out with two white cake mixes and added some Jumbo Rainbow Nonpareils Sprinkles for color and fun.

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I used a UltraGold 10 in. Square Pan and it filled that bad boy up. The remaining cake mix, I used in two smaller cake pans for the kids to decorate their own individual cakes later on.

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While the cake was baking, I used White Solid Color Sugar Sheets Edible Decorating Paper to create poker cards. While I wanted to make a stack of playing cards, I was on a time restraint since hubby was away at baseball practice for only 3 hours, so I just made a full house. I really like the Rotary Cutter for the sugar sheets, but I (personally) found it easier to maneuver around the edges of the cards with scissors.

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For the writing on the cards, I used FoodWriter™ Primary Colors Edible Color Markers.

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I used the red and black to make the 5 cards that I wanted to use to create the full house.

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I decided to add to the cake ‘Happy Birthday Daddy’ by using Ready-To-Use White Rolled Fondant 24 oz. Pkg. and I cut the letters out by using 37 Piece Alphabet & Number Cut-Outs™. What worked best for me was to use the Perfect Height™ Rolling Pin on top of Parchment paper and I let the fondant set for about 10 minutes to get a bit less sticky. Doing this made the fondant letters easier to cut and easier to work with.

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One the cake was done baking, I let it cool on my 14 1/2 x 20 in. Non-Stick Cooling Grid.

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Once my cake was cool enough to work with, I used a knife to cut off the hardened edges and then I used the Cake Leveler to cut the cake in to two pieces. Why two pieces? You will see. Smile

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I decorate the cake and serve it on, what I had on hand was some Show ‘N Serve Cake Boards. My cake was far from perfect Rolling on the floor laughing as far as it being perfectly level, but hey – it worked! I flipped the cake over using the Cake Lifter and used the cut part on the bottom, then the bottom on the top.

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While I normally use decorating tips, I didn’t use any for this cake. What can I say – I was on a time restraint. I used 3 Disposable Decorating Bags for this entire cake, one which I filled with White Ready-To-Use Decorator Icing – 4.5 lb. Tub (just enough to make a bridge from the outside, but I had some left, so I made roads in between. Yeah, I just said roads. (more like dirt roads that are far from even)

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Who can have a double layer cake without something yummy in the middle? My almost 6 year old suggested pudding. I wasn’t about to deny him that. Who doesn’t love pudding?

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Once I set the cakes on top of each other, I slapped some icing on and spread somewhat even. I was going to be using Sugar Sheets and Fondant, so I wasn’t particularly cautious how even my icing was. I know… shame on me.

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Before I did anything else, I decided to let my icing harden just a bit, so I went on to the next project for the cake…. making the poker chips. I colored the fondant with Royal Blue Icing Color. Yes, my fondant is a bit tie-dyed, but I like the effect that it had on the poker chips. I used a Decorating tip (what size? I don’t know – whatever size the one was that I pulled out randomly that fit the size of a poker chip. How’s that for measurements?

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On top of the cake, since my icing has hardened a bit, I used a single sheet of Green Solid Color Sugar Sheets Edible Decorating Paper and placed on the top of my cake. With the sides on my cake, I took some fondant and colored it with Black Icing Color, then I put it in between a piece of Parchment paper and wax paper and rolled with my Perfect Height™ Rolling Pin to get it to a thinness that I wanted. I created 4 pieces and just folded over on each corner. I am still learning fondant, so I am sure I will look back at this later on and say to myself ‘what in the world was I thinking?’ For now… it worked. Then I took some black ready to use icing and piled down the seam on each side between the green sugar sheet and the black fondant, then I rolled some leftover black fondant in thin rolls and placed it around the seams to cover it up.

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With my poker cards, I had them set out to harden a bit, then I took some piping gel and a brush and brushed a tiny bit on the back of each card, as a glue.

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I had set out my poker chips that I colored in royal blue, black and non-taste red and cut with a decorator tip out to harden just before I used piping gel to stick to the cake top, as I did with the lettering from above.

Here is my overall Poker Cake. While I wasn’t too thrilled with the unevenness of my layers, I think I did pretty darn good for only having 3 hours to bake and decorate hubby’s birthday cake.

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He was happy when the kids presented him with his birthday cake!

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And how was the cake? Here’s the middle. One word…. Yummy!

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