This week I started the plans for Liz’s 11th birthday! She of course wanted a sleepover, and to take some friends to the movies. I searched for what was coming out and found that Hotel Transylvania 2 was in theaters on her birthday weekend. I knew it was a perfect fit. The look on Liz’s face when I mentioned it gave me a 100% YES!
I didn’t find many invite options on Pinterest. So I came up with my own. I found the image on the Hotel Transylvania 2 website. I added the party info using PicMonkey. Love this website for photo editing!
And the result:
I’m printing them today and sending them to her friends on Monday! I also made a matching copy for the family party I will be having on the Sunday! Makes it very simple and still very fun.
The cake I made for Liz’s party turned out even better than I expected it to. I decided to do a zebra pattern on the inside and picture on top with a character from the movie.
I made the cake first. I used a golden cake mix since that is what I had already. (White would be a better option)
I made the cake according to directions, than put approximately half of it into another bowl. Using black food coloring I colored half the batter until it was black enough for the pattern. At this point I preheated the oven and sprayed the cake pans.
I used a ladle to add batter to pan since I had 2 of them, one for each colour. You can use any large spoon you have or pour and guess if you would like. I did both pans at the same time so that both layers of the cake would be the same size.
You than alternate black and white batter until you have used it all up.
Bake according to your cake directions. The finished cakes should be like this.
You need to let the cake cool completely before you can ice it. For me they were left to cool during our after school activities and dinner. They were well cooled when I got around to icing them.
For the icing I make it from scratch. I followed the recipe from my decorating kit by Wilton. I made double this recipe. That gave me enough for decorating the cake, 12 over sized muffins, plus a bit left over.
To decorate the cake I choose to do the character Belt. I thought an animal would be easier than a human for my first attempt at this type of decorating. I used the coloring page from here as my guide.
It turned out great!
I followed the directions from a post I found on Pinterest for decorating the top (link to post). It was much simpler than I expected which was a great bonus.
I used purple for the trim since it’s Elizabeth favorite color and because there are purple flowers in the movie.
This is what the inside of the cake once we will cut it.
Everyone really enjoyed the cake and I was extremely happy with how it turned out.