Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Lego Ninjago Birthday Cake Tutorial

I've noticed that my post for Joseph's 9th birthday is always one of my most popular posts and I couldn't think why until I checked my stats and discovered that most people find it by googling Lego Ninjago Birthday Cakes.

I had a look at the post again and realized that while it might be a good pic, it's maybe not all that helpful so thought I would write a quick tutorial just in case people might need a little help.

So, here goes...

I started by baking three sponge cakes in 8" pans and in 1 8" pudding basin according to this recipe
12oz sugar
4oz butter
12 tsp vanilla
2 lge eggs and 1 egg white
2oz SR flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 pint milk

Once the cakes were cooled, I stacked them together with butter cream and jam, then covered the whole thing in dark chocolate ganache made by bringing  21 fl oz cream to the boil and mixing in 2 lbs 10oz of dark chocolate.  This will make plenty to cover the cake and probably give you some left over to eat off the spoon...!  The reason for using the ganache is that it gives a really good, smooth finish for any decorating you want to do.  You should leave it overnight to cool, or put it in the freezer.  There are some tutorials on Youtube  if you need more help.

While the ganche was cooling I rolled out a rectangle of yellow fondant icing then cut some black icing to the shape of Zane's eyes, adding the little white glints.

I stuck the eyes to the yellow fondant and then the whole thing to the cake using some boiled apricot jam.  You can see in the picture below that it's a bit tacky. 

After that it was just a case of wrapping a large piece of white fondant around the cake to look like Zane's turban.  I used his new Zane for inspiration.  It's a bit messy but thankfully it looks ok!

Then just add one happy Birthday Boy!


  1. Now that is what I call a decent slice of cake!!! You're a clever chook aren't you. Have a fab week hon.

  2. Very cool - I think my almost 16 year old would approve of that :)

  3. How clever!! Your kids must be so happy to have you baking for them, they are lucky ducks! My son would love something like that, but i am sorely lacking in the cake decorating skills! Have a great week, Julie:)

  4. THAT, my friend, is a masterpiece! Awesome! And so incredibly coincidental that I should read this post tonight, as I just purchased a Lego Ninja T-Shirt for a little friend of ours who's birthday is coming up. Funny! :o) xo

  5. Wow, that is one impressive birthday cake!

  6. Ridiculously awesome cake - love those eyes (on the cake and your lad!)

  7. I am going to try pulling this off if I can't find a bakery to do this for me (for a decent price). Let's see if I pull a "Lucy" or not! :)

  8. That’s awesome! I am so glad to see the recipe here. It looks great and I am sure even my son would love it. We have booked one of the Chicago venues for his birthday celebration and he will be turning 8 next month. This would just be perfect.


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