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Ski parka cake- cake ideas for boys

ski parka cake, cake ideas for boysThis is far from the most professional looking cake I’ve ever made, but I thought I’d share it anyway- in case you need to built a ski parka cake for that winter birthday party, or need cake ideas for boys. Here’s how I came up with the shape:

bake two cakesMix up two cake mixes and bake one in a 9 X 13 inch pan and the other in two 6 X 6 inch pans. Let them cool, then remove the cake from the pans.

cut the cakes, cake ideas for boysLeave the 9  X 13 inch cake all in one piece for the ‘body’ part of the parka.  Cut the other two  cakes into a ‘hood’ shaped round shape, flat on one side for the neck and two 3 inch (or so) strips for the sleeves (there maybe some extra cake depending on how wide you want the sleeves to be). Cut an angle at the top of each sleeve (refer to illustration) to be placed next to the body.

piece the cakes together, cake ideas for boysPut all of the pieces together and begin frosting the center of the hood and work your way out. This project will take plenty of frosting so make sure to plenty on hand. I used the store bought little tubs and used nearly 3 of them to get the cake completely covered- sides and top.

ski jacket cake, cake ideas for boysI hadn’t done much planning in advance and I ran out of time and resources when it came to details. So where I dreamed of a fancy (maybe plaid), high tech parka, I ended up with a simple two color job and only three pockets.
Thoughts on details:
1. Cut up Fruit RollUps would make excellent large polka dots, pockets or cuffs.
2. Buttons could be made with Spree, M & M’s or other flat round candy.
3. Twizzlers or Sour Patch Straws for a zipper or fashionable stripes.
4. Sprinkle Nerds for jacket details.

This cake shape would be cute as a robot cake, just cut out a square head,  instead of a round one, use the excess cake to built legs and frost with gray or silver frosting.

Any other great detail ideas? Do share!


  1. kalamitykelli

    March 4, 2013 at 7:09 pm

    Pretty cool! I could do this – of course no one here would know what it is because it doesn’t get cold enough for long enough to have a parka!! 🙂 Great job!

    1. NoelleOlpin

      March 4, 2013 at 7:21 pm

      What do you use when it gets cold? Just a blanket? 😉

      1. kalamitykelli

        March 4, 2013 at 7:42 pm

        It doesn’t really get that cold. I have a coat I’ve had for like 6 years but most of the time a hoodie if I’m not at work and if I’m going to work or otherwise dressed up – I have a London Fog rain jacket that still looks great after 25 years and is very classic looking. Now – it gets hot as blue blazes, but not really cold. I have slept with a blanket on the bed in years! Just a sheet.

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