Life's better with cake and a sprinkle of fairy dust
A last-minute request for a small Iron Man cake for a little boy who’s a big fan and the ensuing Google search turned up this link on Cake Central. How cool would it be to have a working arc reactor in the middle of the cake, right? For the uninitiated, an arc reactor is an uber-cool electromagnetic device that Iron Man installed in his chest to keep a piece of bomb shrapnel embedded dangerously close to his heart from moving.
Tony Stark made it seem like such a piece of cake, ha-ha, when he put that arc reactor in his chest, but I couldn’t find any instructions or tutorial on the web on how to put lights in a cake. Some bloggers suggested LED lights, like fairy lights, so I was at the hardware shop looking for anything suitable when the lady recommended a disposable torchlight. It was the perfect size, about 1.5 inch in diameter and and cost a mere dollar.
I made sure to wrap the torchlight loosely with a couple of layers of food-grade plastic wrap before inserting the torchlight, so the cake wouldn’t come into contact with the torchlight but the switch could still be maneuvered under the plastic.
When the lights are out, the “arc reactor” looked awesome, plus it cast a really pretty ring of light on the ceiling. I hope this cake made one little boy’s fifth birthday very unforgettable.