When throwing a birthday party with a casino theme, consider making a cake that matches. Casinos lend themselves to a variety of cake-decoration possibilities, from poker chips to a pair of dice to a deck of cards. Making the cake yourself, instead of ordering one from a bakery, will save money as well.
Bake a round cake and ice it with frosting in the color of your choice. Use white frosting to create thick stripes down the sides of the cake so that it looks like a poker chip. Write a birthday message on the center of chip. Alternatively, make the chip look like one from a famous casino, such as the Wynn or the Venetian, by piping the name of the casino and adding chip details to the center of the cake.
Dice are commonly used in casino games, most commonly in craps. To incorporate a dice theme, bake four square cakes. Stack two on top of each other to create a cube shape with a layer of frosting between them. Do the same with the other two cakes. Frost each cake with white frosting. Pipe dots on each side of the cake so that they matches the dots on a dice. Place the cakes side by side on a cake platter with the numbers on the dice matching the birthday year being celebrated, if possible.
Playing cards are used in casinos to play such games as blackjack and poker. For a playing-card cake, bake a rectangular sheet cake and frost it with white icing. Choose which playing card you want your cake to look like, such as the 10 of hearts. Use a pastry bag to pipe a red border around the cake. Pipe "10" on the top left and bottom right corners of the cake and pipe 10 red hearts on the center of the cake.
Slot Machine Cake
Slot machines are one of the most recognizable games in a casino. Bake a rectangular sheet cake to create a slot-machine cake. Frost the cake with white icing and pipe a border around the edges in the color of your choice. Pipe a rectangular box in the center of the cake. The box should be about three inches tall and stretch across the cake, ending on each side about an inch from the edge. Separate the box into three sections by piping two vertical lines inside the box. Pipe heart shapes (or another shape commonly seen on a slot machine) in each box so that it looks like some has just won. Pipe another rectangular box on the bottom half of the cake and place chocolate coins on top of it so that it looks like the slot where coins come out. Pipe the name of the slot machine onto the top section of the cake. Consider tailoring the name to the person celebrating his birthday, such as "Greg's Mega Millions." Create a slot lever on the side of the cake using a long, round piece of foam and a round, foam ball. Paint the lever or cover it in frosting.
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