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Playground/park cake -- help with ideas...

post #1 of 12
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Hi everyone,

This is my first post and I only just minutes ago discovered this site and I know you can help!

I'm making a park/playground cake for my daughter's 3rd birthday party, which will be held at a park.

I'm looking for ideas to create the swingset and slide that I thought would make cute "cake toppers."

So far my ideas are to use pretzel sticks stuck into the cake diagonally to create the swingset bars..but what to use for the top horizontal bar and how to attach it? And how to attach a "swing"? Rope licorice?

And the slide I was thinking of those organic fruit leathers that my kids love propped up onto two pretzel sticks.

I would LOVE any ideas. Also doing a wading pool out of blue frosting but that's easy enough.

Thanks,
Cailean
post #2 of 12
Welcome to Cake Central! I'm not sure what to use for the swings. But the a-frame swingset could be all made out of pretzels. You could even coat them in chocolate or candy melts if you wanted. To attach them, you could use royal icing, piping gel or 1 pt water/1 pt meringue powder. I'll have to think a bit about the swings.
post #3 of 12
Lolipop sticks can be used for the swingset frame.....heck you could even cover them with chocolate! The swings could be made using liciorce for the ropes and a seat made from fondant, just a rectangle with two little holes poked in to feed the liciorce through! Blue piping gel makes for great "water"!

BTW..welcome to Cakecentral!
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post #4 of 12
The top bar of the swingset could be made from chocolate covered pretzel rods also with dots of chocolate to hold it all together. You could even make a merry-go-round with a circle of chocolate for the base and chocolate covered pretzel sticks for the bars. You could use white candy melts tinted gray to make them look like the metal merry-go-rounds are usually made of or you could use colors like red, blue and yellow. I've seen alot of playground equipment painted those colors lately. I think the swings made out of fondant and licorice is a cute idea. You could put light colored chocolate shavings at the bottom of the slide and under the swings to look like the soft-pack stuff they use on playgrounds now so kids don't get hurt if they fall or brown sugar for sand. This is such a cute idea for a cake! I think I could go on all day about this one.
post #5 of 12
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Thanks so much everyone for your comments and help - I can definitely use more so please add more thoughts if you have them. You are all so talented!!!! I wish I had found this site sooner. I've made some theme cakes in the past but have struggled to find ideas online for my wacky cakes (last one was for my husband's graduation party where I made a circuit board cake - he's an Electrical Engineer). icon_smile.gif
post #6 of 12
Here is an idea I found from the Wilton 2000 Yearbook. It looks like what you might be looking for.

Good Luck!
Tonia
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post #7 of 12
OOPPSS!! My picture was too big. I shrunk it so it will post (I Hope) this time. Send me your email address if you want a bigger picture so you can see the directions.
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Tonia
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post #8 of 12
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Thank you so much for that scan! Was that the online book or did you scan that yourself? I know little about Wilton at this point as I'm just starting to realize my mediocre cakes would look better if I ventured into fondant, molds, etc.

That really does help me see some possibilities and it looks like the rope for the swings was out of string.

Thanks again!!! I appreciate it.
post #9 of 12
Your welcome! It is from my yearbook, I scanned it myself. If you want to see the full sized picture just send me your email address or post it here. Hopefully this will allow you to see the full sized picture so you can read the directions and get some ideas off that better than the little picture here. It's done with dowels, lollipop sticks, buttercream and royal icing. I don't think any of it is fondant but you could probably use that also.

Oh yeah, love your circuit borad cake. My hubby was an electrical engineer/mechanic in the Navy. He would appreciate that cake for sure.

Have fun!!
Tonia
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post #10 of 12
http://images.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://www.cakeworkscentral.com/images/pool-beach/playground.jpg&imgrefurl=http://thepartyworks.com/article_info.php/cArticlePath/96/articles_id/705&h=96&w=100&sz=5&tbnid=oN7OG1c-jA0J:&tbnh=73&tbnw=77&hl=en&start=39&prev=/images%3Fq%3Dplayground%2Bcake%26start%3D20%26svnum%3D10%26hl%3Den%26lr%3D%26sa%3DN



Here is the link to the instructions for that cake. lol i know its a long link.
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post #11 of 12
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hahaha - thanks! I hesitated to use such a yucky green color but the circuit board cake was fun to make. I never realized how intricate they are until I studied one of his to make the cake.
post #12 of 12
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Thanks for the link - that's a lifesaver. I am amazed you found it!
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