Building Blocks Birthday Cake Design

by Karen Tack

Building Blocks Birthday Cake Design

How to make a building blocks birthday cake with pound cake and fruit chews


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Serves 12




  • 1 (16 oz) family size frozen pound cake, thawed (Sara Lee)
  • 1 can (16 oz) vanilla frosting
  • Red, green, yellow and blue food coloring
  • 6 each red, blue, yellow and green fruit chews (Jolly Rancher and Laffy Taffy)


Trimming the cake:


  1. Place the cake on a work surface. Trim the short ends to make the sides perpendicular to the bottom of the cake.
  2. Cut the cake crosswise into 4 equal pieces (see template).


Frosting the cake:


  1. Divide the frosting evenly between 4 bowls. Add enough food coloring to tint each bowl of frosting a different bright color: blue, red, yellow and green. Cover the frosting to prevent drying.
  2. Spread an even layer of tinted frosting over each piece of cake to make one block of each color.


To complete the decoration:


  1. Unwrap the red fruit chews and microwave for no more than 3 seconds to soften.
  2. Press 3 softened fruit chews together and flatten slightly into a 1 ½-inch thick circle.
  3. Cut out a 1 ½-inch circle with a cookie cutter or small knife. Repeat with the three other like-colored fruit chews.
  4. Repeat with the rest of the colored fruit chews — you will wind up with 6 colored fruit chew hockey puck shapes.
  5. Arrange the 2 like-colored fruit chew pucks on top of the frosted cakes to make the blocks.


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