Tummy Tickled Tuesday!
Where I share a yummy recipe or cooking tip or... something food related at least!
My son turn 3 last month. Yes... I know. He is evil and rude. All that growing. I have tried to teach him not to, but... he just doesn't listen! Anyways, I had a fun Spongebob Cake all figured out in my head and when I mentioned it to him he said, "I no want a Bob Bob Cake mommy. I want a Dinosaur Cake." Okay... Dinosaur cake it is!
So one day he was NOT wanting to sit on the toilet and poop. He doesn't like to wait and I don't like it when he does so... I sat on the edge of the tub and googled "Dinosaur Cake" pictures!
He saw TONS he liked! But... it was a spewing Lava Cake that caught his attention! His other favorite cake had non-toxic dinosaur bone toys baked right into the cake! Way cool. So I told him he would have to choose.
Imaginatively, he said, "Mommy. You can make a Volcano WITH dinosaurs IN it. You can mommy."
Duh... why hadn't I thought of that!
The cake itself was pretty simple. Betty Crocker is my friend. I made two 8 inch rounds for the base. After layering my rounds I shoved these little guys...
Right into the cake! I didn't want to take the time to run around finding non-toxic toys that I could bake. So I opted for toxic dollar store dinos that I simply washed!
Then I cooked a box and a half in a glass bowl for the top! After letting everything cool I spread chocolate frosting and Oreo crumbs on the whole thing!
Here is the part I wanted to share. How I made the LAVA!!!
A cookies sheet covered with foil and heavily sprayed with no stick spray.
Then I lined up Life Savers and popped them into the oven for about 5 minutes on 350.
WATCH THEM! Cause they get to this stage quickly.
WHILE THEY ARE IN THE OVEN carefully use a point thing to swirl the colors together a little bit.
THEN pull the sheet out and slice where needed as the cool with a knife so they will break apart where you want.
Some of them I carefully took out and draped over a bowl so they would cool in a curve!
(Do you like my Fancy Life Saver cooling holding tools?)
My mistake? Using applesauce in place of the vegetable oil. It makes the cake moist and yummy, but... with such a heavy tall cake... Let just say that by the time we were ready to eat our Volcano had.. IMploded. But... Still looked alright. Not fantastic but... A 3 year old doesn't care. He really just wants cake!