Menu Plan Monday: Hunger Games Cake and Birthday Treats

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So, I usually tell you what I’m cooking for dinner each night of the upcoming week. But this week, I thought I’d do something a little different.

Last week, two of my daughters had birthdays. I thought I would tell you a little about some birthday treats we made.

My oldest daughter, being a big Hunger Games fan, wanted a Hunger Games cake. I am not into cake decorating. I had no idea how to go about creating this, but my youngest daughter and I began searching for Hunger Games cake ideas, and came up with something we could do.

I’ve been leaning away from buying cake mixes, so I made a chocolate cake (note: making a cake from scratch is not hard to do). I made chocolate, because that was my daughter’s favorite. The recipe I linked to was really good. I was skeptical, since it didn’t call for an egg, but it was good. I made it in a 9 x 13 pan, iced it with icing (I used the recipe in the link minus the cocoa) which I colored green with food coloring to be the grass in our Hunger Games arena.

My youngest daughter gathered up some suitable items from her toys: trees, PlayMobil characters to be Katniss, Rue, Peeta, Gale, and Effie, little weapons to scatter around, and a big backdrop that kinda-sorta could be the Cornucopia, if you used your imagination. Put it all together, and …

Hunger Games cakeShe ran off a few little Hunger Games logos on the computer, and we posted those. She also used red and yellow ribbon bits to make Katniss a dress of fire. See her reaching up in the tree to Rue?

Hunger Games cake Katniss RueIt was fun, and a hit.

Hunger Games birthday cakeI also made Cinnamon Roll Cake for their birthday mornings. It was the first time I made this recipe, and it was good.

So, that was our week of treats. Tomorrow I’ll tell you about daughter #2’s birthday dessert.

Oh, and reporting back on those Dorito tacos from Taco Bell — I liked them. Basically a regular taco, with a Dorito shell. I’m not a huge Doritos fan, but found the shell a nice complement to the taco filling. It wasn’t too over-the-top-Dorito-cheesy. So there’s your review; go try one for yourself 🙂

 

6 thoughts on “Menu Plan Monday: Hunger Games Cake and Birthday Treats

  1. Cinnamon Roll Cake.

    Sign me up.

    Also, thanks for the review of the Dorito taco, though truth be told, I was kind of hoping you were going to say they’re dreadful. . . 😉

  2. I am happy I got to see Caroline’s awesome cake! The cinnamon roll cake sounds wonderful! Wish I’d gotten a piece. . .

  3. What awesome birthday treats! Your daughters are lucky to have such a creative, loving mother!! And, you are lucky to have such creative and helpful young ladies to cooperate and help you to make wonderful, tasty memories for them. Congrats to all!

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