11 March 2013

diy golf cake

11 March 2013

you might have seen the late-night teaser on instagram, but this weekend, one of our surprises for our best man's 30th birthday was making a golf-themed cake. brent is a pretty great golfer and we wanted to do something cool/special and had the genius totally-not-thought-out-plan of recreating pebble beach's hole 7.

i don't know much about golf, but james tells me it's supposed to be one of the most scenic holes on a course worldwide. as you can see, after pain-stakingly tracing the two sand traps with a toothpick, scraping out the icing, and trying to get sticky coconut to spread out and stay in the right place, i opted to forgo the four other traps.

i started by color-coding a printed map of the course to plan out where the hole, green, taller grass, sand traps and water hazard would be. BUT this project would have been so much easier if we hadn't tried to make it look like a recognizable hole on a famous course. 


what you'll need:
- cake mix 
- buttercream frosting
- green decorating icing (i used wilson's kelly green)
- blue piping gel (i used wilson's sparkle gel)
- piping bag (or ziplock bag with a corner cut off)
- decorating tip and coupler (i used wilson #273, but any leaf tip will work)
- coconut, toasted and chopped in food processor
- cake pop stick
- card stock
- toothpicks!!!
- patience 


directions:

- bake 9x13 cake. we used a store-bought box and substituted apple sauce for the vegetable oil. just make sure to add the water slowly, until you get the right consistency, because you'll use less than the box calls for.
- let cake cool completely. cover with buttercream frosting (again we used store-bought). chill in fridge for 20 minutes. 
- trace greens, hole, sand traps, etc with toothpick and fill in with icing. use piping bag and tip for tall grass.
- for flag: color cake pop stick with marker. fold card stock in half and cut a triangle along fold. place stick along inside fold and seal sides with glue.

tips:
- chill cake as needed when decorating to firm up buttercream. 
- scrape out icing inside sand traps with toothpick before filling with coconut. it will help create a barrier, so the coconut stays put.

and now some party pics...

happy birthday, b!

28 comments:

Rachel said...

This is such a cute idea! What a thoughtful gift!

Shari said...

You are VERY talented! The cake looks awesome! Well done.

ashley nicole catherine said...

thanks so much, shari! sure took me long enough to do it, so i'm happy with how it turned out! xx

ashley nicole catherine said...

thanks so much, rachel! i think he was pretty happy about it :)

Viviana Carmona said...

That's so cute! The cake looks fab!

ashley nicole catherine said...

thanks, lady!!

Alexa Evans said...

Oh my gosh so so cute! Can't believe how perfect it turned out! And looks like a fun time!

Alison Dulaney said...

That cake is awesome!! Great job Ashley!

Valerie Price said...

Wow, that cake looks amazing! Wonderful job!

Maya McDonald said...

I was wondering what you were doing with that food coloring! If you want to retire early and start a career as a pastry chef...I think you could do it ;)


xx,
Maya
www.charminglystyled.com

ashley nicole catherine said...

thanks so much, valerie!

ashley nicole catherine said...

thanks, lady :)

ashley nicole catherine said...

thanks so much, alexa! we had a blast :)

Natalie Merrillyn said...

Wow! My husband's birthday was yesterday and I made him a cake but it was nothing like this -- seriously so impressive!

Annie said...

So, the cake is the bomb. No kidding, I just watched a random episode of Cake Boss wherein they happened to be making a golf themed cake, and I swear I couldn't tell the difference between yours and theres. Booyah!

ashley nicole catherine said...

aww thanks so much, natalie! happy birthday to your man :)

ashley nicole catherine said...

ok, your comment seriously makes my day, considering i stayed up till 2:30am working on this! xoxo

Melissa said...

This cake would be perfect for my dad -- he loves golf and Pebble Beach. Well done!

ashley nicole catherine said...

thanks, lady!!

ashley nicole catherine said...

you're so sweet! thanks, maya :)

The Now said...

Holy Moly this is sooooo cute, Ashley!! What a thoughtful idea. I should do this for my dad!!! xoxo

Lena Leson said...

How clever–looks like a wonderful weekend!

taylor said...

okay you are seriously amazing. i cant even believe you made that. unreal!!!!!! touché lady.

Ali Mackin said...

This party looked like it was great. And your cake came out wonderful.


Ali of


www.dressingken.com

Johanna said...

This is unbelieveable! Bravo domestic goddess!

ashley nicole catherine said...

thanks so much, johanna!!!

ashley nicole catherine said...

aww thanks!! if only you knew how long it took hehe ;)

Emily said...

This is so, so creative! I love how you even had the flag. Definitely bookmarking this to try - my dad would love this!
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