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Roller Coaster Cake

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My husband is a roller coaster fan.  I always make our kids’ birthday cakes of things they like.  I enjoy surprising them with the cake on their birthday.  It is part of my gift to them.  I decided to make a cake in similar fashion for my husband for his surprise birthday party.  In order to surprise him, I made it at someone else’s house (so this is not my kitchen until later on…)  My husband also likes Resee’s Peanut Butter Cups, so I made the chocolate cake with peanut butter frosting, and the funfetti vanilla side with vanilla frosting.  I started out with two 9×13 cakes side by side for the base.


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I did my usual research of the internet before starting this monumental cake.  Then I decided on a combination of different ideas that I had seen.  I used an assortment of round cakes to get the hills of the roller coaster.  I inserted straws to hold the hills upright.  Then I snipped the straws off at the right height. It was still difficult to frost the base coat. I was afraid it would all fall over!

After adding the pretzel logs to the outside, it was much more stable. Even if I had wanted to put it into the fridge to stabilize the crumb coat– I doubt that I could have because of the size of the board that the cake was on.

This is a wooden roller coaster, as you can tell by the pattern of the X’s.  I did not try to imitate any roller coaster in particular.

My husband also likes M+Ms– I don’t know anybody who doesn’t!  I used the ones that matched my color scheme of red, orange, yellow, and green.

And then you can see the green shoestring licorice that I used for the tracks.

I made a river of M+Ms down the middle of the cake. 

And I used gummy fruit slices for the roller coaster cars.

Final Result

The surprise party was a success, and my husband liked his roller coaster cake! It tasted good, too!








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