This is post is very much overdue. I mean Magnus’ birthday was way back in early September, and we are now just nearing Christmas, so I would chalk up this post in the “mom fail” category of posts.
His third birthday was a bit of a last minute affair. We were supposed to spend his big day in Florida visiting Disney and swimming in the pool, but Hurricane Irma changed our plans so at the last minute I pulled together a little party with our closest friends and family. It was too late to order a cake and I also felt so guilty for having to cancel his big trip, that I pulled out all the stops for his cake.
For starters I made a funfetti cake. I used this recipe here for the base, I didn’t edit a thing, and it was delicious. I made the cake in the early morning, let the individual layers cool until the afternoon. Frosted the cake in the afternoon. Placed it in the fridge to cool. Then late in the evening I made the drip.
For the drip I used candy melts and whipping cream. I placed the melts in a bowl over a pot of simmering hot water and stirred until they were all melted. Then I added the whipping cream little by little until I had the consistency I was looking for…about 1/4 cup I would say…but it depends how many melts you use. You want the melts to be thin but not watery, you should have a nice thick coating on top of your spoon. Then with that spoon start creating your drip. I started with the edges first, pouring one spoon at a time and letting the coating drip over the sides and do their thing. Once I was happy with this, I filled in top as well.
Once this was all done I sprinkled on loads and loads of different sprinkles. I went a little sprinkle crazy because I know Magnus loooooves sprinkles. As a cake topper I wanted mini baked doughnuts…for this step I used a mini doughnut cake pan and baked these in the morning once my cake layers were done. I found a quick and easy cake doughnut recipe, pick your favourite, I poured the dough into a large ziplock bag, cut the corner and squeezed out little perfect doughnut rings. This is the best way to make them perfect, using a spoon is too risky. Do not overfill the pan!!! they’ll turn into mini bundt cakes…cute but maybe not what you want.
I used the candy melt mix to also dip my doughnuts into, but you can dip them into anything, even a nutella ganache!
The fun part of making a drip cake is the decorating. You can use lots of candy, lolly pops, chocolate bars, bark, whatever you can think of you can use. Toys are always a nice touch too!
I’ve made the boys many cakes before but this one by far got the best reaction. The kids loved it, and the adults did too. Enjoy!