Gavin wanted a Transformers Birthday Party. All I really know about Transformers is the song, “Transformers, more than meets the eye!” and that the “characters” are twistable and change from thing to another. So, when I heard he wanted Optimus Prime and I did a Google search, I saw the images above: one a cartoon rendering from the original show (so I am told) and the other a plastic toy version. I knew I wanted the cake to stand up and I was secretly hoping it would have moveable parts and actually transform, but alas…
Ultimately – I decided on Rice Krispie Treats instead of cake. Hard to believe, but true: this “cake” contains the better part of 9 pounds of Rice Krispie treats, 6 pounds of buttercream (to make the fondant stick), and almost 12 pounds of my newly discovered marshmallow fondant, all on a plywood base “black-topped” with fondant.
I planned. I toiled. I tried to get a grip on this Optimus Prime guy, whom I had never actually seen, and just couldn’t. But still, I charted out a plan, came up with a design and prayed for the best. Meanwhile, as i was talking to my parents on the phone, Dave just started building, piling the fat-free cereal treats, gluing them with buttercream and sculpting on the fondant. Optimus got bigger and bigger and way out of my control. Dave took over. He was building a model, in essence.
On Saturday morning Dave did allow Stephanie and I to add a few accessories and buttons and whistles to his figure, but it was mostly Dave. When he needed more fondant, it was all me, but this cake is Dave’s deal for Gavin!
Yikes! Let us get back to basics, people!…Jeanie
NOTE TO SELF: Get a grip on my limitations, for the love of Pete! Simple, simple, s-i-m-p-l-e!
pictured: Optimus cartoon; Optimus toy; Dave’s Cake, Gavin with his birthday cake