A few months ago I was flipping through one of those fancy food magazines and saw a cake in the shape of a drum. It was adorable, but I also knew looking at the directions and the long list of ingredients that it was not designed to be easily replicated unless you were a trained pastry chef. Forget that!
I immediately knew this would be a perfect kids’ birthday cake, so I decided to make a much simpler version for a friend of mine’s son who was turning 7. What little boy wouldn’t want a birthday cake in the shape of a drum?
In the true Mr.Food Test Kitchen philosophy, I started with a cake mix and went to town decorating it with things that everyone would have at home. No rolling pin, pastry bag, or art course needed for this cake. Who has time for that these days? I know I don’t.
As you can see, the detail on the drum I made with M&M’s and the drum sticks were lollipops. How easy is that? And the best part is that Joshua and Noah loved it. After blowing out the candles, they picked up one of the lollipop drum sticks and started to tap…or should I say pound on top of the cake. I think that meant it looked real.
If you have a birthday party that’s going to need a cake, this one is a must-have. Kelly, who works with me in the Test Kitchen, said she was going to make this for Christmas using all red and green candies to decorate it. It will be her little drummer boy cake version. I think the possibilities are endless. You can get the recipe on MrFood.com by clicking here.
What do you think of this cake? Is it something you’d like to make? Share your thoughts in the comments below. And if you decide to make your own version of this cake, let me know how you make out. I’d love to see pictures — you can email them to TestKitchen@MrFood.com, or post them on our Facebook page.