As we all know, DIY doesn’t always have pretty results… so as part of my continuing series of ugly DIY that my kid loves anyway I present this partial-failure of a bus birthday cake I made for my son’s second birthday. I didn’t want to make just ANY bus, of course — no, I wanted to have a Merry Prankster-inspired bus. For my son’s second birthday. Because… he’s so into tripping? (No.) Because I thought it would be fun? Yes!
I had to Google it (YES, this happened before Pinterest! How did I survive?!), and I was totally sure I could ace a cake like this. Never mind that most of my baking attempts end in tears and cakes that are falling apart. Also: let me make no bones about it. I made this cake the morning of his birthday from a box mix and I gobbed tons of sugary, rot-your-teeth-out icing on top of it. And it was fucking delish. Now that this is out of the way, we can proceed.
What you’ll need
- Cake mix OR ingredients to make a cake
- Food coloring
- Icing writer
- Glasses or bowls to hold the frosting
How you do it
Step one: get your ingredients and materials ready.
Step two: follow the instructions on the back of the box for the cake.
Step three: set up your frosting-holding glasses. Spoon a little bit of frosting into each (I tried to do equal parts). Add your food coloring and mix each color.
Step four: when the cake is out and cooled, cut it into two pieces. You want one of these to be longer than the other. Take the longer piece and cut it in half — these halves will be the body of the bus. Apply your frosting to the body. I just used a butter knife and haphazardly applied the different colors in a kind of pattern, but I’m sure some of you can get real fancy with it.
Step five: once you’ve frosted the body, retrieve the original smaller piece — it’ll be the front of the bus! Put icing on the side facing the body and attach it to the body that way. Begin frosting the smaller piece. Attach the Oreo wheels to the bus, draw windows and whatever else you want on the bus… and there ya go! Insta bus birthday cake success!
… kind of. Right?
Also, in case you’re wondering, I also made a regular ole school bus.. it just wasn’t nearly as fun. And my son loved them both all the way until the moment where he realized they weren’t real buses he could play with: