One of my favorite things ever is seeing food that looks like a different type of food. So it should come as no surprise that the following two cakes are among my favorite we’ve ever done. Both were casual, impromptu birthday cakes—ones that weren’t requested, but that we decided to create to help celebrate our friends and family members on their special day.
The first is a chocolate buttercream-filled yellow cake designed to look like a Carlo Rossi sangria jug. This one was for Christine’s co-worker, who never failed to bring sangria to the office softball team’s games this summer.
The second was for my sister, Danielle, who is an unabashed Lean Pocket lover. They’re her favorite microwaveable food, and we owed it to her to make a giant Chicken Jalapeno Cheddar Lean Pocket replica for her birthday this year. We’re ridiculously proud of the way this cookies & creme-filled chocolate cake turned out: Christine brilliantly crafted chunks of chicken, tomato and pepper out of colored fondant, and we piped yellow buttercream for the “melted cheese” filling. We used metallic gold food spray on the outside and topped it with white “salt” sprinkles for the pretzel bread. And of course, no Lean Pocket would be complete without its microwave sleeve.
I can’t wait for the next opportunity to make a food or drink-inspired cake!