A perfect poker party

Leo’s birthday was a few days ago and we had a wonderful party, both with our friends and then, of course, after they left! I could go into how much alcohol was consumed and the other naughtiness that marked the evening, but this blog is about cakes and baking. So I’ll stick to main event: the birthday cake.

Since Leo works at Betsson – which, for those of you who don’t know, is an online gaming/betting/gambling company (great casino bonuses if you would be interested) – and many of his friends work at other virtual gambling sites, such as LeoVegas Casino, BGO Casino and mrgreen, and also forex companies. For those who don’t know wat is forex, it is very similar to gambling, in this case you bet on currency. Due to these reasons I decided a theme of that sort would be fun. Gambling in general seemed entirely too broad, so I homed in on Leo’s own personal favorite game, poker, or seven-card stud, to be exact.

I decided to create a cake that looked like a seven-card hand slightly fanned out. I made five of the cards look like a high straight flush – Ace, King, Queen, Jack, and 10 of spades – and then threw in a Jack of diamonds and Queen of hearts, which is an inside joke between Leo and I. I quite enjoyed making little spades, hearts and diamonds out of fondant. Since the Ace of spades was the most prominently featured card, and only a slight edge of the others were visible, I didn’t have to worry about drawing the face cards and then replicating that design with frosting. I’ll save that ambitious project for another time!

Since I was serving the cake to a large group of people, I opted for a red velvet cake as it tends to be quite popular. I needed a white frosting for the cards, so cream cheese frosting was perfect. If you don’t want super runny cream cheese frosting, as I did not since I was going for a clean and readable design, remember to cut back a bit on the sugar.

We all enjoyed the cake, played real poker and other games, had more than a few laughs and an overall wonderful time. Thanks for reading and I’ll be back soon!