My whole family are huge Lord of the Rings fans and we are anxiously awaiting the first of the two Hobbit movies. And because September 22 is Bilbo’s birthday and the Shire would be a lovely place to live, we decided to attempt a Bag End cake for my son’s birthday.
The cake has a bottom layer of chocolate and a top layer of pound cake.
I bought some of the supplies from a cake decorating store, because I like to use the concentrated food coloring available there. It doesn’t add too much liquid to the frosting or the marzipan to get the intense colors. Here’s the list:
1 jar of green
1 jar of yellow
1 jar of brown
1 jar of gold luster dust
1 pack of decorative flowers
1 jar of small flowers
1 pack of rabbits
Besides regular baking supplies for the cake, we also used:
2 containers of white frosting
1 tube of marzipan
4 frozen Sara Lee pound cakes
Here’s how we did it:
I made a chocolate sheet cake using a recipe that made a sturdier cake than a usual box recipe:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
1 Duncan Hines Devils Food Chocolate Mix
4 egg whites
1/2 cup water
1/3 cup plus 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 small package instant chocolate pudding mix
1 cup sour cream
Mix all ingredients together and bake in a greased 9×13 inch cake pan for about 35 minutes
I attempted to make a top vanilla layer using another recipe I found on the internet and baking it in apan, but that failed miserably, so at the last minute I went out and bought four frozen Sara Lee pound cakes. We stacked them together to make a square hill, then shaved off the sides to get a more natural looking house.
We frosted it all in green frosting and after the cake was covered, we used forks to make the frosting look more like grass. The pathway is crushed up graham crackers. The fence is chocolate-covered pretzels and the door and window are made from colored marzipan. The doorknob is made from marzipan rolled in gold luster dust.
Overall, I’m pleased with the way it came out. I’m not a huge fan of pound cake, so I’m glad there is a chocolate layer there too.
More Hobbitness: Choosing Names from The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings for your Cat or Dog https://deegarretson.wordpress.com/2012/12/13/choosing-names-from-the-hobbit-and-lord-of-the-rings-for-your-cat-or-dog/