For as long as we can all remember Gene and I have hosted a couple of summer family parties as birthday parties for the nieces and nephews. At the end of May we celebrate Jordan and Isaac's May birthdays. In August we celebrate Sydney's July and Kaylee's September birthdays.
I try to do something different and fun for cakes each time. One year it was a sculpted cake big rig, one year rice krispie treats molded into a car cake pan, one time a Twilight themed cake, and this year it was their favorite snack cakes built into a tower.
Even though Isaac will turn 11 this week and Jordan is 18 today, they (we all) still l love indulging our inner kid at birthday parties so the theme of decorations this year was both G.I. Joe Camo and Sponge Bob. Hey, you're never too old for a little Sponge Bob. As I often say: why did my siblings have children? To give me someone my own age to play with.
To build the equivalent of this cake you will need: base plate, styrofoam disks and cone, toothpicks, cellophane, regular clear tape, 1 box each: Twinkies, chocolate cupcakes, Zingers, Little Debbie brownies, strawberry Zebra cakes, Oreos, and Nutter Butter cookies (you will only use half of one pkg of the Nutter Butters, the rest you hold back for Uncle Gene to snack on to keep him out of the Twinkies).
Any configuation of styrofoam will work. Originally I was going to stack three decreasing sizes of styro rounds but then I decided to go all the way in the challenge department and, on the first try, attempt to run Twinkies up a cone. It works but I wouldn't necessarily recommend it for the first attempt.
As you can see the base components are a base plate, styrofoam shapes, toothpicks to hold all of it together, and birthday themed cellophane to cover the styro.
To give a little color underneath to show through, I bought birthday cellophane. After placing the cone on the bases using toothpicks to secure, I simply wrapped the cellophane around as best I could, securing with a rubber band at the base of the cone and then running rings of clear tape every few inches up the cone as I twisted the cellophane to keep it neatly against the cone. Don't use masking tape or you won't be able to poke the toothpicks through it to secure the snack cakes.
For a base, I plced a small saucer inside the charger plate to give a slight gap between the charger plate and the styrofoam base to slip cookies inbetween to create a scalloped edged border for the bottom.
Next, I simply built it as you see it. Starting at the base, I put the Twinkies and Zingers on at an angle, securing with 2 toothpicks each and resting each one on the one before.
To place the toothpicks, I held the styrofoam with my left hand while simply pushing the pick in at a downward angle to the styrofoam and then used a small spoon back to push the pick deep enough in to not show through the snack cake.
When it came time to serve, we all picked the cake we wanted and pulled straight out from the base, leaving the toothpicks in the foam core.
The cookies on the cone between the Twinkies are just anchored in between the snack cakes. No toothpicks on those.
Maybe it will make a little more sense if you see the deconstructed version of the foam core:
The snack cake tower was definitely a hit. I could hardly keep the teenagers off it, let alone the 'tweeners. We also had a few extra little kids who snapped up the bubbles, bracelets, and mini Uno cards so those were a hit as well. For more party pics, click here: Jordan/Isaac Bday party.