Thursday, September 22, 2011

A Tangled Birthday Party Cake ~ The Lantern Scene

I'm always surprised to see which of my blog posts get the most views.  I thought my Tangled themed Pascal Cake Pops turned out pretty cute, but not super fabulous being my first attempt and all.

But wouldn't you know, several months later, that blog post is still getting the highest number of hits every day. I never did get around to posting the cake I made for my daughters Tangled Birthday party, so given the continued interest in this theme, I thought it only fitting to make that today's post.

I started by picking my favorite scene and my daughter's favorite song from the movie Tangled and then created my design around that.

I found a pretty purple paper umbrella and some darling little paper lanterns at Cost Plus and that really got my wheels spinning.  I attached the little lanterns to the underside of the umbrella at different lengths using masking tape, hot glue and fishing twine. Once that was completed, I attached the pole of the umbrella to a square piece of wood I found in the garage with a long screw.  I used a large washer on either side of the board to help support the the screw.  (BTW, I brought my umbrella and board to Ace Hardware and the guys were VERY helpful picking out the right hardware needed to complete my project).  This is what my platform looked like when completed. I have a 12" cake round sitting on my platform for scale.


I found the Tangled boat with Rapunzel and Flynn Rider at Target for around $15 and decided it would be the perfect cake topper for my idea.  You can find this same toy on Amazon here.

I baked two 11" round cakes, one yellow and one chocolate. Then I layered them with custard in between.

I frosted the whole cake with Tangled purple icing.

Then I piped a decorative trim around the top and bottom of the cake.

Next, I proceed to cut my right hand (of course I'm right handed) so badly that I wasn't sure I'd be able to continue.  After I got the bleeding stopped.  I bandaged my hand and put on a rubber glove to finish the cake.  Suffice it to say, I had to scale back my design plans considerably but as they say...The show must go on.
I decorated the top and sides of the cake with royal icing flowers purchased from Fancy Flours.

And then sprinkled the top with some of Wilton's edible glitter.
I marked a circle on four sides of the cake to make my royal suns, then did the best I could with my gimpy hand to pipe the suns with icing.

At this point my hand was no longer playing nice and I was contemplating a trip to the ER for stitches, so I had to throw in the towel. 

I placed the Tangled boat on top of the cake for the finishing touch. 

I boxed up the cake and put it in the frig.  
Here's the cake the next day after I reassembled it at a water park.

The kids were all so excited!

For party favors, I used Supermom's idea for the Rapunzel paints.

Here's my big 7 year old Birthday girl! 

But to me she'll always be...

My baby.

~The Lemonista


  1. Awwww - super awesome Erin. LOVE it

  2. you are a rock-star mom :) awesome job as always!

  3. Wow, you're amazing! ~ April

  4. WOW! You are a super mom. I hope your hand is better.

  5. Love it Erin!! The whole thing is just amazing!!

  6. I love your cake!! My daughter wants a Rapunzel birthday so I'm looking for ideas. Thanks for sharing!