|I will always believe the original Nintendo has the most bitchin' graphics.|
I never played Zelda. I know. I had to do a little research before making this...Zelda is the princess, but the main character is Link? To me, this makes as much sense as calling Super Mario World "Princess Peach World," but no one asked me. And besides, my husband loved it, so all's well that ends well. And sweet baby Jesus was this cake delicious. Svedka strawberry lemonade vodka, from what I remember, always made the best summer cocktails. This translated perfectly into the best summer cake. It is oh-so-fluffy, sweet, and has a hint of lemon, which goes great with a base strawberry cake. And the frosting. Oh the frosting. I'm telling you, the only way I ever want to consume vodka again is via buttercream frosting. This has such a nice zing, but without the burning sensation usually accompanied by drinking the stuff. And it's honestly probably got the same calorie count as a vodka punch, but without the awful headache. Small miracles.
|Even the bottle is pretty.|
- One box strawberry cake mix
- One cup of room temp butter
- Four room temp eggs
- 3/4 cup of room temp strawberry lemonade vodka (I swear by Svedka, best cheap vodka out there, and I would know)
- 1/4 cup room temp milk
|Pictured: Supreme 90s kid candies|
- 8 yellow Starbursts (I'm told people hate these; they are my favorite. This tells you everything you need to know about me.)
- 2 packages of watermelon Airheads (I bought 4 and only used half)
- 6 pink Starbursts (I was going to use pink lemonade Airheads, but they were pink pink)
- 4 Tootsie Rolls
|Throw in a few extra for taste tests.|
- Work with one color at a time.
- Heat for about 8 seconds in the microwave to make more malleable.
- Roll out each candy with a sturdy glass (rolling pins are too large).
- Use a very sharp knife, and clean candy residue off after each candy.
- Assemble a mock up on a sheet of foil or Parchment paper before you even think about assembling on a cake. I redid my candies quite a bit.
|Once rolled out, trim edges of each piece into a nice square.|
|And cut each candy into quarters.|
|Slowly but surely, things will come along!|
|I didn't need to roll out my Airheads, so I heated and cut them up in the manner you see here.|
|Like the world's tastiest cross stitch pattern.|
|I also recommend using tweezers to help you assemble things. Starbursts are ridiculously sticky.|
|I did the Tootsie Rolls last because I simply believe they are an inferior chocolate and deserve to be treated as such. If I could've found a way to use Godiva for this, I would have.|
I placed my Link rendering into the fridge while I worked on making my frosting and crumb coating my cake. I wondered to myself what the hell he was holding, but every 8-bit Link Google image search showed it, so I figured the internet wasn't playing a cruel trick on me for once.
|This frosting will change you.|
- 1 cup of room temp butter
- 6 cups of powdered sugar
- 4-5 tablespoons of Svedka strawberry lemonade vodka
|Then add the final layer of frosting. Doesn't have to be too pretty, we'll smooth it out later. Place back in the freezer for 15-30 minutes.|
|Then you can use the Viva paper towel trick to get things smoothed out.|
|Then I used my tweezers to transfer Link on to the actual cake. He looks relatively surprised by this turn of events.|
|Then I added in some very festive and sparkly candles because every dessert should have sparkle.|
|I promise to make you only the raddest of cakes from now until the time I have really terrible arthritis from cake decorating. Happy Birthday, Derek! I am so happy we get to celebrate you! Derekpalooza!!!|