Going Up?

How do you make an escalator themed-cake look appealing?! It was quite the challenge coming up with a design that was good-looking and on budget for a small family celebration.

Chocolate cake with vanilla oreo buttercream made for sweet Lauren's 11th birthday. She is just obsessed with escalators as she is from a small town! And this was her request!

I wanted Lauren to be able to keep the escalator as a gift, so I made the escalator out of gumpaste and supported it with rice krispie treats. Glued it all together with royal icing and even added the yellow safety strip at the edge of each 'step'. It's all edible should she need a sugar rush in the middle of the night!

What is this?!?! McGyver re-run ... (those of you who are old enough will understand. Oops! I just dated myself! Eh, it's just a number ...

Stair template - I figured this one out backwards too ... my mind works in mysterious ways! Let me explain ... I combed the Dollar store (my favourite store!) for something I could use to make stairs with. Could not find anything, dominoes but they were too small. I knew that I still needed stiff cardboard paper so thank goodness they had that! I gave up and went home thinking that Jeff will help me figure it out, but he wasn't home. So, I thought I'd start with the paper, measured out what I thought would make good 'stairs' and started folding. Then I thought, well this is great but I need something to support the weight of the strip of gumpaste while it dried. So I looked around the house ... cereal and granola boxes, CD cases, DVD cases, then ... Thank you Joey for your DS game cases!!! They fit perfectly! It couldn't have worked out better!!!

With that obstacle out of the way, I was able to make the escalator. I cut out a long strip of gumpaste, ran a comb down the length of it to make the 'ridges' of the escalator and then placed the strip along my 'stair' template.

I hope Lauren likes her escalator and the cake too!

"The cake was yummy and Lauren really enjoyed it!  I've included a pic so you can see the smile on her face.  Thanks again for all your hard work!"  ~ Alissa

1 comment:

  1. My twins are about to turn 3 and obsessed with escalators. We may just go to Target on their birthday as an event so they can ride them.

    I found your site looking for escalator birthday things. Your cake looks great!