Have you heard of Monster High? It’s ok if you haven’t because I have not heard about it until a little over a month ago when a good friend of mine said her daughter wanted a Monster High (MH) cake for her 9th birthday. My friend then proceeded to tell me she wanted a replica of her daughter’s toy – a handheld device called an “iCoffin”- on the cake.
A coffin?! On a birthday cake?! I tried to change my friend’s mind but she wouldn’t budge. After all, it was the only specific thing she was requesting to be present on the cake. All the rest, I had full control over. *wink* Come to think of it, people have Gothic, zombies, monster and vampire-themed birthdays and sometimes weddings, too! A Monster High-theme shouldn’t come too much of a shock to a lot of people. It’s quite cute, actually! At any rate, it is not for the superstitious. :)
ICoffin replica, check! The iCoffin was completely edible, upto the little buttons on the front that seem to say, “click here!” It was made of gum paste. I brought some other key MH elements to the cake: the test tube, the pink and black diamond pattern (which could have also been blue and black) and the stars.
The test tube is a prominent element on the MH website. It represents the spirit meter and it’s what you see on screen when pages are loading. It can be purple, green or blue. I picked purple. :) At the bottom of the test tube are eye balls, which float to the top one by one. I didn’t go into detailed eyeball work due to lack of time…my perennial excuse! The test tube, by the way, was made out of gum paste.
In my rush, I forgot to pipe lines on the test tube that indicate measurement. Ooops! It kills me that the glass inside the test tube can be seen. Lack of planning! Anyway, I love how the kids reacted to the cake, specifically,the smokin’ test tube! Did I just imagine it or were the adults ooohing and aaaahing with the kids? Hee hee. One of the best compliments I received came from a girl who declared, loud enough for everybody to hear, “I want a cake like that for my birthday!” Sweet little girl, I tell yah! Hee hee.
The birthday girl couldn’t believe her eyes when she saw the edible version of her toy on the cake, “Hey! That’s my toy!” She then got her toy and held it next to its gum paste clone. The pearl dust lightened what should have been a black iCoffin. :)
I had soooo much fun making this cake! I even had more fun watching the kids and the adult guests at the party react to it. I totally forgot about all the bumps I encountered while making the cake. Hee hee. :)