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Taco Cake

This cake almost didn’t get made.

Levi said he wanted an “orange cake, yellow inside, with orange candles.”

I was trying to convince him to have ice cream cones instead of cupcakes (no baking needed!) when he told me his cake desires.

I checked that he didn’t maybe mean cupcakes??

Nope. Cake.

Fine.

Then, about a week before his party he told me he wanted a taco cake. *sigh*

Pinterest had a few different versions but I had to kind of combine the ideas to get what I had in mind.

I made 2 cakes and cut them both in half. I added frosting between them and once it had set a bit I turned them on their sides and frosted them with a crumb coat. Then I did a smooth frost of taco shell yellow frosting on just the outsides of the tacos and along the edges.

After the frosting had set up a little I moved them carefully to a cake board. It wasn’t really big enough so I had to put the tacos close together.

I piped brown “meat” buttercream near the bottom of the taco and then swirled it with the tip of s fork to add texture. Next I added lettuce with a leaf tip and green buttercream. I added layers in different directions and of different lengths to make it look more full and realistic.

Lastly I added cheese and tomatoes with buttercream. I tried to be as random as I could to make it look more realistic.

To cut the cake I just sliced it straight down from the top. After he’d blown out his candles of course. 😁

You can see the rest of the party here and the taco cookies I made here.

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Taco Cookies

I shared my son’s taco birthday party here. But I wanted to do a special post for just the cookies themselves.

These were SO fun to make!

I used a crinkle edged circle cutter, then cut them in half with my spatula.

I outlined in buttercream and filled the tacos with “taco shell yellow” glacé which I made by mixing Wilton buttercup and golden yellow.

For the speckles I used this technique for splattering brown food coloring. Some of them got a little too speckled but in the end it just made them all unique!

Once the shells were dry I added buttercream “meat” brown blobs.

I alternated the blobs with leafy green buttercream stars. All of my leaf tips were way too big for these cookies, so the star tip was the next best thing.

Lastly I added the cheese and tomatoes with orange and red buttercream.

Because I wanted to present the cookies as “pantloads,” I wanted them wrapped individually and carefully so that you could see the tacos clearly. I cut the bags short and taped them down the back.

I love how these turned out! So simple yet so detailed and cute!

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