So for Corban's birthday this year, he just couldn't decide what he wanted the theme to be. He's already done Legos. Swimming. A skateboard. Although he loves soccer and basketball, he wasn't interested in either of those being the theme. Hmmmm.
Finally, after pondering it for days, I presented the idea of a Board Game Party to him. He loves playing games and never gets the chance to play them with a group of friends - and he was instantly sold on it.
Although he is not super knowledgeable about chess, he does enjoy it and I thought doing a chess cake would be fun.
I got inspiration from Cake Central - and ordered molds for the playing pieces and the board off of Amazon.
From there, it was really very simple. I used chocolate candy coating - white and dark - to make the pieces. To make them 3D, I had to "glue" two halves together with more chocolate. I had a few mishaps and had to melt and re-do a few of them, but it wasn't too bad.
The checkerboard was trickier - because keeping the white and dark chocolate from getting into each other's spaces was a lot harder than I anticipated. The end result was FAR from perfect, but I don't think 9-12 year old boys really care. ;)
So I made the pieces the week before and stored them in the fridge and freezer.
I baked a 14" square cake (use ~13.5 cups of batter - I made homemade chocolate cake).
Then I just made Chocolate buttercream - a double batch, to which I added some sifted cocoa powder to make it darker brown.
I frosted the cake - put the mold pieces on - and then piped on some accents. I used the Wilton #17 star tip for the shells and the swirls - and a #4 round tip for the border around the checkerboard.
Oh, and the cake board is just foam board from the Dollar Tree - cut to a 16" square and covered with foil. Cheap and easy!
The only downside to the party was that Corban wasn't feeling too well. He had just come down with a head/chest cold and was just feeling tired and cruddy. In fact, he didn't even taste his cake until 2 days later. He just didn't have the appetite. So sad. But he loved his party and spending time with his friends.
They started off the evening playing a little basketball.
A good game of Apples to Apples Jr. - listening to them was so funny!
We had a Connect 4 Tournament.....
Corban had a little helper. What a good big brother.
Isaiah was the winner!!
Corban with Seth and Caleb (brothers). He had that Lego set built the next morning - despite feeling sick.
Israel and Corban - those Nerf guns are pretty fun!
Will and Corban - and some really cool camping gear.
Joseph and Isaiah (brothers) with Corban - and a new Superbook video. Awesome!
Happy 9th Birthday to our Corban!