Tuesday, February 18, 2014

An Explosive Volcano Cake & Resources for Your Science Theme Birthday Party!

So happy you stopped by!
Some time ago, before I began blogging, we threw a 
science themed party for my son's 9th!
(He is now almost 14! Wow, time flies!)

The party activities, favors and prizes all connected to science in some way 
and I definitely plan to blog the party details at some point soon.
There are just sooooo many facets  of science for the birthday boy or girl and
 party guests to enjoy  within such a  broad subject!
I'd love to share the "explosive" cake that we concocted for the birthday boy.
It's easy and fun!
Don't  think otherwise!
Here we go~

What you need:
*your fave cake mix
*chocolate and vanilla frosting
* number candle
* various sized round baking pans
* wooden board for cake display/aluminum foil

1. Bake cake in varying sized round pans.
2. Assemble cooled cake, once taken from pans,on top of one another using frosting as "glue" between layers.   This is your "volcano" and can be sloppily assembled to look more realistic!
You can even take some small "chunks" of cake to sprinkle around the final cake as rocks.
 ( pumice/ obsidian?)
3. Frost volcano using both flavors as well as red icing for lava.
4.Arrange dinos and trees as you like and enjoy!!

Volcano/Earthquake/Geology Resources that we displayed during the party:

Volcano  &  Earthquake (DK Eyewitness Books)

National Geographic Readers: Volcanoes

Volcanoes by Seymour Simon (We love Seymour Simon!)

( avail only on kindle now, apparently)

Since hubby has a geology background and we have at our disposal an arsenal of evidence of that ( !) we "decorated" with rocks, crystals, minerals and posters as well as the above titles! Everyone knows books make great decorations!

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  1. Amazing birthday cake!!! Mine have to settle for the store bought ones cause I am not really a baker:(. Happy Birthday to your youngest who is now the same age as my youngest...too bad we don't live closer:)

    1. Aw, thanks, Anne!!
      It's really super easy! Try it; you'll be surprised!!

      Thanks for the visit and the kind words!

  2. What a fun idea! Bookmarking this for when my son is older andout on science. :) Love that photo of your son looking at his cake! So funny.

    1. Thanks Anne! Awesome...I do hope you enjoy when your son's finally old enough!!

      And thanks for the kind words!! I appreciate your visit!

  3. What an amazing looking Birthday cake. I love the facial expression in the picture.

    1. Thanks, Stacie!! Not sure what precipitated that, but it does it is kinda fun!

      I appreciate your visit!!

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    1. Thanks, friend!Looking fwd to seeing pics of YOUR recent DW party!!

      Thanks for visiting!

  5. This is so great, Chris! My boys would love it. Thanks for sharing! Your blog is so fun -- glad to have found you!

    1. Aw, thanks, Blair!!

      I appreciate your visit and kind words....I'll stop by and see you at your home on the web soon!

  6. Oh my son would so love this! It seems like every year is science themed for his party. We have not yet had a volcano cake, but now that I have your recipe we just might!


    1. Jennifer~ Wow, a science theme each year!! Good for him! Enjoy this...it is super easy to make!!

      Thanks for stopping by

  7. Very cool! I like cakes that can incorporate my natural lack of tidy frosting skills and make it look intentional :)

    1. I love it! So true, jenny!
      One can be a MESSY froster, indeed and still have a great looking volcano cake!!

  8. Fantastic cake! I made a volcano cake when my kids were really little and it looked like it had been hit by a boulder.
    Great Job!

    1. WOW, you should definitely blog it, Monique! I'd love to see pics...I;m sure many would enjoy!

      THANKS for your visit friend!!

  9. Fantastic!! One of the most fun cakes I've seen in a while.

  10. Wow Chris, this is the coolest cake I think I've ever seen. A true original. My boys would flip over it. We just had J's birthday party yesterday and he would have loved this cake. I've got 3 more birthdays coming up and I really need to try this. Thanks for sharing with us at Wake Up Wednesday Linky Party.

    1. Angel, THANK YOU!
      Well, I look forward to seeing your blog post with your volcano when/if you do decide to tackle it in the future!

      I appreciate your visit,!


  11. How fun! I have a 4 year old grandson that loves volcanos.

  12. Wow--what an awesome cake! Right up a little boy's alley.

  13. I really love this cake (so much that I've passed this post onto several of my friends who have boys in love with volcanos). I saw this earlier this week but this time I'm stopping by from the Hot Homeschool Blog Hop!

  14. Love this cake, yummy I could just tuck into this volcano :) thanks for sharing at the hop Chris :)

  15. This is awesome! How cool. You are fun and talented. Thanks for linking up with "Try a New Recipe Tuesday." I hope you will have something to share with us this week. http://our4kiddos.blogspot.com/2014/02/try-new-recipe-tuesday-february-25.html

  16. Chris,

    I really love the second photo! The expression on your son's face is absolutely wonderful. He was obviously delighted with the volcano cake.

    You are so creative! It's been a long time since I last made a theme cake for a birthday, or even arranged a party. Charlotte still remembers a fairy party she had when she was 4. She tells me that was the first and last party she ever had. She's now 16! I'm not doing very well with birthdays, am I?

    1. Well, friend, you're doing pretty amazing in my book!

      Thanks for stopping by and for your kind comments!!

  17. What a fun birthday cake. My 11-year old son would love this for his next birthday. And he'd think books about volcanoes would make great decorations for sure. Thanks for sharing at Inspire Us Thursday on Organized 31.

  18. This is the coolest birthday cake! And books make great decorations. Thank you for linking to the In and Out of the Kitchen Link Party. Hope to see you next time.

  19. Thanks for linking up to Good Tips Tuesday. This cake and whole party theme are amazing. Well done.

    1. Erin~!
      How sweet of you!! Thanks for visiting!

  20. Excellent! Now you have my gears turning. Looks like we might be having a tornado party over here. =)


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