The Hunger Games is the first book in a young adult trilogy by Suzanne Collins. The books have been extremely popular among the middle and high school set, and so it is no surprise that the movie, which opened a week ago, has become the must see film of the spring.
I received an order from Michael’s mom to make a birthday cake for his Hunger Games themed birthday party. The kids were going to see the movie, then retreat back to Michael’s house for pizza and a surprise birthday cake. The plan was set – I was to make a cake with the logo (a “Mockingjay pin”) on the cake. The pin appears on the cover of the book, and plays an important role in the plot. (My husband joked that a Hunger Games cake was an oxymoron. I think he’s got a point, don’t you?)
The first step was to make the logo pin, as it needed to dry a bit in order to hold its shape. Everything was sculpted by hand – every feather on the wings and tail, the body and head. Then the whole thing got two coats of food-safe gold paint, which also needed time to dry. (This may be a sculpture, but everything is 100% edible!) Just before the cake was ready to be delivered, the Mockingjay pin logo finally was placed upon the actual cake.
The cake was a delicious yellow (vanilla) butter cake made from scratch, filled with oreo frosting and chocolate buttercream. The outside was covered with more chocolate buttercream, which has a delicious chocolate flavor and is ideal for those who really like chocolate but aren’t card carrying chocholics like me. The whole cake was then covered with black fondant (sugar dough) and a black ribbon was placed around the bottom edge of the cake. I took this photo before I put the cake on the board I used to transport and serve it. I’m sorry I don’t have a copy of the whole thing on the cake board because it looked cute. I put writing on the board in the same font that is on the book’s cover saying “Happy 12th Birthday Michael! May the odds be ever in your favor”. (That’s a quote from the book, and I thought it was appropriate for a birthday celebration).
I hope Michael and his friends enjoyed the movie and the party and that Michael liked his cake. I wish Michael the happiest of birthdays. May all his wishes come true.