The Punkin turned three this year and is in love with the video game Skylanders: Spyro’s Adventures ® . Frankly, so are his parents as it is a very well designed video game and toy collection. There are a lot of good pagan values in this game, it is pro environmentalism and the toys lead the Punkin to creative play when not playing the video game. What’s not to love?
However, Activision ® in its infinite wisdom decided not to license party supplies and decorations. So when Punkin requested a Skylanders® themed Birthday party mom and dad had to hit the internet and design a theme. Hubby had originally offered to take over the project since he left me in the lurch to do Saturnalia all by myself. I had accepted his offer but as he drifted off into the time sinkhole of his MAT work I took the bull by the horns and designed the decor and the cake.
It took a lot of creative shopping to piece together a theme incorporating as many of the design elements of the game as possible.
The game has 8 “elements”and each of the 32 Skylanders® belongs to an element. These elements have symbols so we printed out the symbols full color and backed them with foam core and I used a foiled create your own banner kit to make the party banner.
I used the portal of power the wireless device that lets the game read what character the person is playing and the Skylanders ® toys themselves as the decoration on the coffee table.
For the birthday cake I baked a Betty Crocker Gluten Free chocolate cake mix cut the layer horizontally across to form two layers filled it with Duncan Hines Dark Chocolate frosting left over from the daycare Skylanders® cupcakes. I then used Duncan Hines cream cheese frosting to give a fairly light coating to the outside of the cake to stick the home-made quickie fondant to the top and allow you to use the frosting as “mortar” for the Trader Joe’s dark chocolate bricks to be placed on the cake to recreate the Portal of Power. The treasure chests filled with gems and gold cups and the coins are from the game.
The Skylanders® on top of the cake were brand new and a surprise for the Punkin. Older ones were used to decorate the base of the cake.
The Punkin enjoying his cake:
The chocolate used on the cake was a vegan dark chocolate from Trader Joe’s. The quickie fondant recipe I used was also vegan. Use a homemade vegan frosting and sub apple sauce and egg replacer powder for the eggs in the cake mix and voila vegan portal of power! Also use vegan chocolate coins, these were just standard milk chocolate ones from the party supply shop.
Copyright© 2012 Valerie Hartzer