Themed parties for kids' birthdays are usually fun to plan and throw, although they can also be exhausting. When your little one requests a robot birthday party, there are many things you can do. You can send robot-styled invitations, create robot-shaped decorations, have robot paper plates, napkins and even request that the other kids dress up as robots. The most important detail, though, is to create a robot birthday cake.
For a robot that is standing up it's best to bake a number of separate cakes in different sizes and shapes and stack them. For instance, you can use a 9 by 13 inch rectangle cake for the body, and top it off with an 8 inch round cake for the head. Use Twinkies or cupcakes to create legs coming from the front of the robot, as though it's sitting, and coming from the sides as arms and hands. Use food coloring to make gray- or metallic-looking frosting and frost the entire cake (including the Twinkies or cupcakes). Use black, white or blue frosting to add details, or use candy. Professional pillars can be used to separate the body and head, and possibly create the legs, although that might be considered unnecessarily complicated.
Robot-shaped cake pans are also available. If you purchase a shaped robot cake pan, just bake the cake as directed and decorate to your liking. You can use various colors of frosting and candy. Another option is to bake a large rectangle cake, use a thin bead of icing to draw an outline of your desired robot and cut away the excess cake. Then decorate and fill in the robot.
Build a Cake
Bake two large rectangle cakes, perhaps 9 by 13 inches each. Use one cake as the body then cut up the other cake to create the head, arms and legs. Decorate using colored frosting and candy.
Various shapes, colors and kinds of candy make excellent decorations for robots. Use the candy to create a face, control panel, nuts and bolts, or other details. Licorice makes excellent "wires" to attach the robot's extremities. Life Savers or gumballs could be used as the eyes or ears. Skittles or M&M's can be used for the mouth, nuts and bolts, or buttons. Gummy worms, jaw breakers, taffy (great for tongues) and any other kind of candy you have handy can be incorporated into the cake. Spelling out the kid's name or age adds a nice personal touch. Whatever details you choose, be sure to include your child's favorite candy.
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