"Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief" is the story of Perseus "Percy" Jackson, the teenage son of a woman named Sally and the Greek god Poseidon. Percy is framed for the theft of the god Zeus' lightning bolt and goes on an adventure with his friends Annabeth and Grover to prove his innocence. The book, which re-imagines classic Greek myths in a modern setting, includes images, characters and themes which can be incorporated into birthday cakes.
Hermes' Flying Shoe Cake
In the novel and the film, Luke, another teen demigod, gives Percy a pair of Hermes winged shoes. While classical myth describes these shoes as winged sandals, The Lightning Thief imagines them as winged red Converse high-top sneakers. For advanced or professional cake makers, try creating a 3-dimensional cake sculpture of the winged shoes decorated using colored fondant. For intermediate and beginning bakers, try creating a winged shoe cake topper. Purchase a set of small feathered wings, generally available in the doll making section of large craft stores, and affix them to a child's size pair of red high-tops using hot glue.
The Lotus Hotel and Casino Cake
On their way to retrieve Percy's mother from the Underworld, Percy, Annabeth, and Grover are drawn into the glamorous Lotus Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. Inspired by the Lotus-eaters in Homer's epic, The Odyssey, the trio of young heroes eats lotus shaped cookies which causes them to forget about their quest and want to stay in the casino forever. A birthday cake which combines casino elements with a lotus flower motif would delight fans of the film and the book. Advanced decorators can create edible lotus flowers out of gum paste and edible playing cards, dice, and poker chips out of fondant. Beginners might want to decorate a store bought cake with silk lotus flowers and real playing cards, dice, and poker chips.
In the midst of their adventure, Percy, Annabeth, and Grover stop at Aunty Em's Gnome Emporium, which they soon discover is the lair of the monster Medusa. Cursed by the goddess Athena with snakes for hair and a gaze that turns people into stone, Medusa attempts to petrify Percy and his friends but Percy defeats Medusa by cutting off her head with his magical sword. An advanced or professional cake maker might choose to create a 3-dimensional model of Medusa'a head, using wire reinforced fondant snakes for the hair. Intermediate bakers might want to try creating a round cake decorated like the Aegis, Athena's famous shield which depicts Medusa's screaming, severed head. Beginners can create a minimalist Medusa cake by purchasing plastic toy snakes and inserting them into the top of a tall, round cake to suggest her serpentine hair.
Theme Elements Cake
For a more sophisticated and subtle birthday cake, try combining elements from the novel or movie with elements from Greek myths and culture. For instance, pipe a Greek key pattern around the sides of your cake and top it with a homemade lightning bolt cake topper. Since Percy is the son of Poseidon, Lord of the Sea, try using elements that suggest the ocean, such as waves or edible chocolate seashells, or incorporate a trident, Poseidon's 3-pronged spear, into the design. To enhance the overall look of your cake, write your happy birthday message using Greek or Greek inspired letters.
- Riordan, Rick. "Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief," 2005.
- "Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief," Fox 2000 Pictures, 2010.
- Photo Credit Tom Brakefield/Stockbyte/Getty Images
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