After a quick search on the Internet and a few twists to make it more girly, I had a pretty good idea of what I wanted to do. I asked Alexa what her favorite kind of cake was = SWIRL (vanilla & chocolate) and got to work baking.
Here's how it turned out. Alexa loved it! Which made me so happy. I was pretty pleased with it too!
There were about 30 people coming to the party, so I made a 16X9 sheet cake for the base and frosted it to look like dirt, grass and a lake. I used crunched up graham crackers and oreos for the dirt and coconut I colored green for the grass. I used my doll dress Wilton cake pan to make the mountain. With a little leftover batter I made some cupcakes. I used one for the peak, and broke up 3 more to use around the base of the mountain to give it a more realistic shape.
I made the candy lake by taking 1 cup sugar, 1/2 cup light corn syrup, and 1/4 cup water and boiled it over high heat until it reached 295 degrees. Then I tinted the mixture blue with food coloring. I poured it out onto wax paper in a "lake" shape. When it cooled it was smooth and glossy and looked like water. It was great! Then I used brown jelly bellys to look like rocks and piped a few flowers in the grass.
I used two Polly Pockets and made them look like they were climbing the mountain. At the top I made a Summit Flag with "Alexa" on the front and "9" on the back.
I really had fun making this cake! I've thought before that I would love to open a bakery someday. But then I think about how EARLY you have to wake to run a bakery and realize I should just have fun making cute stuff for my kids and their friends instead! So if you're in need of cake ideas - let me know!
Alexa, I am so glad you had a fun birthday and you loved your cake! Happiest of Days to you. Nine Rocks! Enjoy your last year in single digits.