They say good things come to those who wait. Well, if you've been waiting for the rest of my iMovie party ideas, they're finally here! When school started, I shared our Mad Libs/iMovie party game, and now I'm finally ready to share the iMovie Birthday cake. Seriously. You're not going to believe how easy it is to make. (And, yes, I have a cutting file to help you out.)
Amazing iMovie Birthday Cake
Choosing a party theme for teens and tweens is tough. When my daughter asked for an iMovie themed birthday party, I was stumped. Once we had the idea to combine Mad Libs and iMovie trailers, the ideas started flowing, and we had the makings of a great party. (And the kids had so much fun making their own crazy movie trailers.) Unfortunately, I still had to figure out a cake! I finally decided to recreate the iMovie logo. Who knew it would be so simple! Here's what you do:
First, bake a two-layer round cake. You can use a box mix or your favorite homemade recipe. It's been a while, but I think this cake is probably two chocolate Better Crocker gluten free cake mixes. If you're new to making double layer cakes, it's a lot easier than it looks.
You will need:
- Ingredients for your preferred cake mix or recipe
- Round cake pans (Mine are 9")
- White frosting
- Purple frosting (or white with food coloring)
- Small scrap of purple cardstock
- My Silhouette cutting file for the star and camera, or my camera printable file and your own star stencil (download links at the end of the post)
- A sheet of 12 x 12 cardstock, parchment paper or waxed paper
- Cake decorating tips (I use this set from Pampered Chef)
- White round sprinkles (I used these white sugar pearls because the round shape worked best to fill in the points of the star.)
Before filling your round cake pans, trace the pan onto parchment paper and cut out two circles. Lay the parchment paper inside your pans and then spray the sides with non-stick spray. (You can flour the sides, too, if you'd like, but I don't do it.) Pour in your cake batter, and bake as usual. When they are done baking, lay a cooling rack over the cake layer, and then flip it over to empty the cake onto the cooling rack without breaking it. Peel off the parchment paper.
Once the layers are cool, place a cake plate over one of the layers and flip the cooling rack over to place your layer onto the plate. You'll notice that the top of your layer will be very rounded instead of flat. Use a large serrated knife to slice off the rounded part to give yourself a nice, flat surface to work with. (Bonus--you get to eat the part of the cake you cut off!)
Put a layer of frosting on top of the first layer, and carefully place the second layer on top. Level off the second layer for a flat surface. Eat the extra!
Before frosting the cake, use my cutting file to cut a star out of the middle of a 12 x 12 piece of cardstock to create a stencil. If you don't have access to a Silhouette or other paper cutter, try tracing a large star onto a piece of cardstock and cutting it out. Just tape the paper back together where you had to make an extra cut to get to the center. You need to have this ready before you frost. If you let the frosting sit too long, the sprinkles won't stick to it.
I haven't tested it, but you can try using parchment paper or waxed paper for your stencil instead of cardstock. It may cause less damage to the frosting when it's removed. I wish I had thought to try that when I made my cake.
Frost the entire cake purple, and gently lay the star stencil on top of the cake. Now, pour the sprinkles into the star shape. Work quickly, because your stencil will stick to the cake. Carefully peel off the stencil and resmooth the frosting back in to place in any places it was damaged by the paper.
Using your decorating tips, pipe any design you are comfortable with around the bottom and top edges of the cake.
*Pay attention to the color of your accent frosting before you buy it. My frosting appeared white on the package, but it was actually cream. I'm sure the kids didn't notice, but I noticed that the white frosting was not the same color as the white sprinkles. It's that annoying perfectionist in me sneaking through!
Finally, cut out one or two copies of the camera, tape them to the toothpick, and poke the finished camera into the center of the star. (If you are not picky about the tape showing on the back of the camera, just cut out one. If that bothers you, cut out two copies, and sandwich the toothpick between them with double-sided tape.)
You're done! I think that's one of the easiest decorating jobs ever!
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Now all you need are the download links for the stencils. If you have a cutting machine, click the download button below to download a zip file containing the cutting file for the star and camera.
If you don't have a cutting machine, try drawing your own star and click the download button below to open a pdf file of a couple of different sizes of the camera to print. I used the smaller size.
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