Kathleen's son Connor was turning 6 and wanted a Pokemon cake. The instructions were: a sheet cake, big enough to feed 30 people, a Pokemon/Pikachu theme, and room for characters to place on the cake.
The sheet cake shape was actually more challenging than the unknown theme. It's harder to decorate and frost a big flat surface than the stacked cakes I usually make. But thanks to the glorious internet, I was finally able to figure out something that I liked.
The ball on top is a separate cake and is the Pokemon "poke ball." I didn't dive far enough into Pokemon lore to find out exactly what said ball does, but it seemed to be a big deal. The lightning bolts are for Connor's favorite character Pikachu. Pikachu throws lightning bolts, which, incidentally, seems like a really effective little power to have. Note to self.
The name is the actual Pokemon font, printed out, traced, and cut out from fondant. And the lightning bolts were rigged to some wire. Many thanks to the engineer husband who figured out a way to attach the bolts to the wire when the first method didn't work. Let's just say that wire and food weren't meant to stick together.
The inside of the cake was dyed fluorescent yellow to match the lightning bolts, which never photographed quite as bright as they were in real life. And the little characters - which she had at her house - were going to be placed around the poke ball.
All in all, I was pretty happy with how it turned out. The $40 I received for the cake allowed me to buy some supplies at the baking supply store. Not to mention that it was really satisfying to challenge myself with a new theme, do the hard work, and then get to ship the cake off and out of my house. Although I will say that I never stop being amazing at how much work goes into producing such a very simple looking cake.
I'm hoping that there were enough satisfied mothers at the party that I get to do a few more of these over the next year. I'll keep you posted.