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How to make an Umizoomi birthday cake

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When my little man asked if he could have a Team Umizoomi themed birthday instead of a construction themed one, I agreed without batting an eyelid. It was only later when I went through party sites and Pinterest that I realized that a Team Umizoomi party wasn’t exactly high on the popular list.

When my search for Umizoomi birthday cakes on Pinterest brought up professional looking fondant based cakes and edible Umizoomi cake toppers, I began to worry a little.

Erm, ok, a LOT!

Oh and to top it all, the birthday boy didn’t want a store bought cake. In his words, “I want Mama to bake me a thocolet (chocolate) cake!

Sigh!

After quite a bit of thought I decided to make him his Team Umizoomi cake.

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How to make an Umizoomi birthday cake!!

1. Since Team Umizoomi is all about math, patterns and shapes, I decided to run with the shapes theme. I picked up a large rectangle cake pan, a smaller square cake pan and a tinier round cake pan.

2. To ensure kids who like vanilla got vanilla cake and the ones who love chocolate got chocolate, I chose to alternate cake layers. (I used this reliable vanilla cake recipe except I substituted the vegetable oil with organic unsalted butter and my favorite chocolate cake recipe.)

3. For the frosting I cheated big time. I used Noccialata to hold the stacked layers together,  “glue” the kitkat bars to form a fence around each layer and hold the colorful M&Ms grass on the top!Easy way to make a Team Umizoomi birthday cake

4. While pouring out the batter for the chocolate cake layers, I set aside a little batter to make mini muffins as well. Made tiny frosting shapes on these to contribute further to the shapes concept.

5. Finally topped it off with a Team Umizoomi favorite of my son’s , a little Geo toy figure with his helicopter, that served perfectly as our cake topper.The easy way to make a Team Umizoomi Birthday Cake- Energizer Bunnies' Mommy Reports

So there you have it.

Easy-peasy!

The reactions to the cake from both the young and the old made “Project Easy” definitely worth the effort!

 

Do you like to bake your child’s birthday cake? Do you take any short-cuts?

 

21 Comments

  1. REALLY cute!! i love it! my friends son has a birthday in about 3 weeks and he loves TU

  2. That’s adorable! My mom always baked our cakes growing up & usually used toys as toppers- they were unique & adorable!

  3. I really love making themed cakes for birthdays too. I like your shortcuts and they don’t really seem like shortcuts. It’s quite an impressive finish!

  4. Ohh I love it! What a great idea and so simple (well sticking all those kit kat’s on can’t be that easy) and achieved what your son was looking for. Perfect!

  5. Holy cow, you cake looks fantastic!! What a great memory, too. My mom baked all my birthday cakes from scratch and I treasure the memory of them. I’ll never forget my Power Rangers cake in 1993, hahahaah!

  6. Awww, that is the cutest thing ever! Love what you did here! I love baking cakes for birthdays, but I am terrible at frosting them… so I frequently use tricks to conceal my bad frosting job, lol!

    Thanks for sharing this 😉

  7. Sadly I don’t even know what Team Umizoomi is but… that is a darn cute cake!
    And… I do big themes for my bday parties but as I’m a hot mess with frosting I call over my chef-sister to frost the cakes 🙂 lol

  8. That is so cute! My kids would love this!! I pinned this so I can make it for them sometime.

  9. How adorable! Now my tummy is growling for some cake! I admit, I take a lot of shortcuts with cake but I wish I had better decorating talent.

  10. This is so cute and full of candy! It’s sure to win over any kids heart and belly too! 🙂 Thanks for linking up to Party Time on Moms & Munchkins and we hope to see you next week!

  11. ive been looking for a umizoomie toy all day to try for my grandson did you have to order yours or what store had it

    1. Tina, Kmart had these on the racks for 6$ a piece. You can even order this online and have in-store pick-up to avoid shipping charges.

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