NERF Gun Cake: Perfect for Parties!

NERF Gun Cake

Nowadays, having a creative birthday cake with special theme is a must, as every kid fancies that. Many people regard cake as a focal point of any birthday party, making it obligatory for parents to have the perfect cake. If you a parent of boys, then you might be slightly short of cake ideas, especially once boys start to grow a little older; their interest in superhero-themed birthday parties starts to wane and they often look for something new.

Fortunately, there is one theme that almost every boy of any age is crazy for, and that’s NERF guns. There are many bakeries that prepare special theme cakes to order; as long as you have enough time to order one beforehand, these bakeries can design a perfect cake for you – including something dart-blaster themed.

Although having a cake made by bakery is the easiest way, it may not be an affordable choice for everyone. If you want to have a NERF gun-themed cake for your boy’s birthday party and want it dune on a budget as well, then preparing a cake at home is a good idea. In this article, we will help you with how you can make your very own NERF gun cake at home.

You should keep in mind that a basic sponge cake recipe is the best basis for such a cake. You can easily just add some common NERF gun colors to the better in the form of food coloring, leaving you to just have to work on the frosting and decoration on the outside. If you are a beginner and don’t have a sponge cake recipe, don’t worry – we’ll also share some great ideas for decorating your NERF cake.

You need to make sure that you have all the required equipment and materials such as a sharp knife, a cake leveler, an off-set spatula, a cake presentation board, black edible marker, a pastry brush, simple syrup, a fondant roller, a cake smoother, etc. Below is the recipe of a simple yet elegant NERF cake that your kid will surely love:

Simple NERF Cake Recipe

It is a simple recipe for a two layered cake. One layer is orange in color and the other is chocolate. You can make it blue (a common NERF color) by replacing cocoa powder with blue food coloring; both will work well.

For the orange sponge cake layer:

  • 4 Eggs
  • 8 oz Plain flour
  • 8 oz Butter (unsalted)
  • 8 oz Caster sugar
  • 2 tsp Baking powder
  • 1 tsp Vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp Orange food coloring

For the chocolate sponge cake layer:

  • 4 Eggs
  • 8 oz Plain flour
  • 8 oz Unsalted butter
  • 8 oz Caster sugar
  • 2 oz Cocoa powder
  • 2 tsp Baking powder
  • 1 tsp Vanilla extract

You will need to prepare both cakes separately, sifting all the dry ingredients to remove any lumps. Then mix the ingredients of both cakes separately on medium speed for 3 minutes.

Take two cake pans of the same dimensions and grease them well. After greasing, pour your mixtures in them and bake both cakes for 35-40 minutes on 170-180 degrees Celsius (around 350 degrees Fahrenheit). Insert a toothpick in the center of the cake and if it comes out dry, it’s ready. If not, leave it for another five minutes. If you have only one pan, you can bake one cake first and then you can use the same pan for the other cake.

Frosting- Frosting is the key part of this recipe as it shows the real theme of the cake. At first, you can make a simple butter cream icing by mixing butter with icing sugar and any NERF-colored food coloring you like.

Before you prepare the  butter cream frosting, make sure that the butter is at room temperature. When the butter cream is ready, you can spread it on the top of one cake and sandwich both cakes.

Cover the cake with the frosting as well so that fondant icing sticks. To color the fondant icing, you can add yellow gel color and roll it over the cake. This is the most stressful task. Once that yellow layer is spread, you can make NERF darts to decorate the cake.

To make darts, you can use pink and blue fondant and give it a shape. You can either lay down the darts on the cake, or make them stand up vertically. With the left-over fondant, you can cut letters of the birthday boy’s name and place them on the cake if you don’t want to write his name frosting with a piping bag.

If your fondant is finished, you can stop here, but if you still have left-over fondant, you can try other options. For example, you can make a target, a small NERF gun, or you can make a pair of protective glasses.

NERF Gun-Shaped Cake

There are different shapes of cake-pans available in the market. You can get any shape relevant to the NERF theme or you can cut the cake in simple square/circle shape. You can find multiple ways on the internet to cut a dart gun shape out of a plain square sandwiched sponge cake.

For that, you can download a picture of any NERF gun from internet and cut accordingly. But you’ll need to cut after you are done with frosting and sandwiching the layers. If you try to do frosting after cutting the cake, it would be difficult, and the cake may possibly fall to pieces.

For beginners who are not familiar with baking and icing, they can get the desired results by using marshmallow fondant, as it is easy to handle and cheap, or butter cream frosting  which is easy to make and gives good results. You  can make different NERF-colored batches of icing.

You can also use the same frosting and icing to decorate cupcakes, as kids love cupcakes too. Kids can even participate in decorating their cupcakes themselves to enjoy the real flavor of the party.

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