SpongeBob SquarePants Birthday Cake

Sponge Bob SquarePants Birthday Cake

Betty Crocker sent me several boxes of cake and frosting and I really wanted to put them to good use. I do bake cakes, don’t get me wrong, but I don’t do *theme* cakes. I mean, Kroger (or Sam’s because they are cheaper) was good enough for me. But, you know, I’m trying to stretch my domestic abilities this year and this was something I wanted to try so I did appreciate the goodies from Betty Crocker!

Anyhoo – as I mentioned, Caleb turned 5. Well, I thought it would be adventurous to make him a theme cake. When I asked him weeks ago what kind of cake theme he wanted, he said Sponge Bob. OK, he’s square, I thought I could pull that one off. After some searching,┬ámy preparation turned into the cake above :)

I know, he doesn’t have arms, but he’s a sponge and can magically grow them I’m sure :-)

I made two cakes, consisting of 3 boxes of cake mix for this. Two boxes of vanilla for his body, and 1 box of chocolate to use for part of his brown pants. After I was done baking the cakes, I wrapped them up and stuck them in the freezer to get it hard so it didn’t crumble when I iced it. I always see all those fancy cake makers doing this and it really works.

So, I just cut 1/4 of the cake off with the vanilla to make his yellow body. Then, I cut 1/4 of the chocolate cake and placed it under his body for his pants. Talk about creativity! I really felt like those cake artists on tv – the cake was my canvas :-)

With his face, I think it turned out OK. I wasn’t happy with his nose – it looks more like Squidward’s, actually. I used chocolate icing to free hand the outline for his face (and his pants are just chocolate icing too). Then I filled in the other stuff with icing.

The blue in his eye is actually just a round blue piece of paper (I had blue airheads but they were eaten by an older monster brother). The pupil is a rolo cut in half. His teeth are just pieces of gum. His tie is an airhead cut to that shape. His legs are twinkies. His shoes are ho-hos. And, those snazzy socks are just icing with the other colors piped on.

Oh, and I don’t have any fancy icing bags (or whatever they’re called). I just put my icing in a Ziploc baggie and snipped a small corner off the end to pipe it on. I had some piping pieces but they didn’t work with my Ziploc bags.

The other noteworthy thing is the box. You know the nice thing about purchasing your cake is that you have the plastic box to keep it from getting hard. Well, I just used a large clothes box from a Christmas present. It was the perfect idea, I think. And, it worked :-)

So, there ya have it. As I was working on the cake, I was telling myself it was crazy, I couldn’t believe I was doing this. I started analyzing my time/cost and how much it was actually costing me to make it. But, then Caleb came in when it was almost finished and said, “Mom, my cake looks good.” He was smiling and so happy about this cake. That made it worth it to me and I’ll probably do more in the future even if it takes me longer – that smile was a perfect reward!

by Savings Lifestyle: Andrea on January 29, 2009

14 Comments

  • Jeanette "Frogster" - January 29, 2009 @ 6:38 pm
    1

    Great cake! My daughter was thrilled to see a Spongebob cake!

  • CVSer in training - January 29, 2009 @ 6:41 pm
    2

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  • Lori - January 29, 2009 @ 7:44 pm
    3

    I like your cake, that’s very incredible.

  • kelly - January 29, 2009 @ 8:11 pm
    4

    great job!

  • Carey - January 29, 2009 @ 8:26 pm
    5

    I think it turned out great!

  • Stephanie - January 29, 2009 @ 8:55 pm
    6

    It looks great!! Very creative using twinkies and hohos for legs and feet!

  • Corrie at "Cents"able Momma - January 29, 2009 @ 10:59 pm
    7

    Great cake…you’d never know you’ve never decorated one before! I use a clothes container too to store my cakes and then put it in a Ziploc XXL bag to keep the cake fresh.

  • Kim - January 29, 2009 @ 11:03 pm
    8

    The cake turned out great! So…cute!

  • Anonymous - January 29, 2009 @ 11:14 pm
    9

    Awesome job-love the ho-hos and
    twinkies!!
    Thanks for the tip on putting the cake in the freezer before frosting. How long do you keep it in the freezer?

    Melissa
    cmaccurso at yahoo dot com

  • Roxann B - January 29, 2009 @ 11:30 pm
    10

    Andrea, now this will tell my age, But when my oldest son was young I used to make themed cakes every year. Ninja Turtles was the biggest. You had to pipe each dot, Somehow when my second son came along Kroger started making the cakes. I feel really bad for my little one. Maybe this will be the year it all changes. My boys are 10 years apart. My oldest son is 19 and will turn 20 in March however he is in the Marines and stationed in NC. I have the name of a “cake lady” SO I think I will have a Ninja Turtle cake delivered to him on base. Happy Baking.

  • BG - January 30, 2009 @ 1:02 am
    11

    You did an amazing job!

  • Meghan - January 30, 2009 @ 2:45 pm
    12

    This totally turned out AWESOME!

  • FishMama - January 31, 2009 @ 4:13 am
    13

    Love it, love it. Esp the slouchy socks. ;)

  • Andrea @ Mommy Snacks.net - January 31, 2009 @ 9:36 pm
    14

    @Corrie – that’s a really good idea too! I will have to remember that next time…and, there will definitely be a next time now :-)

    @Melissa – I let mine cool for about an hour and stuck it in the freezer for around 4 hours. I know you can leave it overnight, but you definitely want to leave it at least 4 hours I would say. Well, at least that worked for me.

    @Roxann – that is so neat!! And, what a great thing to send to a soldier fighting for our country! I love it!

    Thanks again for the sweet encouraging comments! I am now trying to figure out what the next cake will be for our baby’s birthday coming up in April! At least I know I can do it now!!

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