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
- 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.
- 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!