CUCINA/LE FESTE – CELEBRATIONS
Young children are big fans of the Nickelodeon show Paw Patrol, which is why so many of them want this theme for birthday parties. My nephew is among the followers. For his 4th birthday, I created some decorations and the cake in the photo above. The cake cost me less than $10 to make, and it was a lovely addition to the dessert table.
Making this cake couldn’t have been easier, and I’ve begun to sell the construction signs you see on the cake – and the invitations I made to look like Paw Patrol’s Marshall – in my Etsy shop. The signs are affordable and have been wildly popular with Etsy members and my family alike. (It was our cousin’s Sweet 16 around the same time, so I gave a shout out to both of them on the cake, by the way.)
For starters, you need to gather the following items:
- M&Ms or candies that resemble pebbles or rocks
- A Paw Patrol figure, such as the one of Rubble in the photo above (My nephew already had this toy, but I’ve seen smaller ones at the local Dollar Tree)
- Kit Kats or Lady Fingers to serve as the “fence” around the “construction site” (I had Kit Kats leftover from Halloween, so I didn’t even have to buy them)
- Chocolate icing or melted chocolate (to use as “glue” for the fence)
- Boxed chocolate cake mix (and the items needed to make the cake)
- Instant chocolate pudding (and the milk needed to make the pudding)
Once you have all this, you should make the cake according to the directions on the box.
Evenly divide the batter in two small cake pans or put it all in one deeper round pan to get the height necessary for building the fence.
Let the cake cool completely. Put the cake atop the dish you’d like to use. I covered a plastic dish from the dollar store with aluminum foil. Then, use the handle of a wooden spoon to make holes in the cake that are about half an inch apart.
Follow the instructions to make the instant chocolate pudding. After whisking vigorously for about two minutes begin to pour the pudding on top of the cake so that it is completely covered and the pudding begins to fall into those holes.
Refrigerate the cake for at least 2 hours.
Take the cake out of the fridge and decorate it. I melted chocolate chips and put a little on the back of each Kit Kat, which stood up against the cake’s walls to form the “fence.” I left the front center side of the cake free of Kit Kats to leave room for the M&Ms. I put the Rubble figure on top and added those signs. Finally, I placed the M&Ms on top and on the bottom to look like Rubble was actually hard at work with his truck.