You may have a relative or friend who loves nothing more than gambling, someone who lives for the lights and sounds of those "one-armed bandits" that cover the floor of every casino in the country. If a week in Las Vegas is the ideal trip for this person, you can do something very special for him on his birthday. You can make him a slot machine birthday cake.
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Making the Slot Machine Form
A slot machine is actually an easy item to create in cake form, since it is basically a large box. You can bake two 13 inch by 9 inch by 2 inch cakes, cut each in half and stack them on top of each other to make the general shape. You can also bake four eight inch by eight inch cakes and stack them to make a larger slot machine.
The design and shape are largely up to you, but keep in mind that two important components your slot machine cake should have are the screen where the reels are placed and the coin dispenser. You can create the screen using frosting as described later. Make the coin dispenser by cutting a two inch by two inch by nine inch block of cake and attaching it with frosting to the front of your slot machine design.
Decorating the Cake
To give the cake the look of an authentic slot machine, its needs to be covered with coloured frosting or fondant (a soft, pliable candy dough used in cake decorating). You could tint a batch of white frosting with some black food colouring to make metallic grey or work with grey fondant if you're comfortable with it. Cover the entire cake with the tinted frosting or fondant, then use various frosting colours such as neon bright hues to represent lights and edible gels to draw the screen, slots and icons.
Adding a Handle
If you feel no slot machine cake would be complete without a handle, take a box of store bought or homemade marshmallow cereal treats and mash them together using your hands, then roll them into the shape of a long stick with a ball on top. Cover it with fondant and attach it to the cake with frosting. You can add the handle or not, as you like; it's completely optional.
Enhancing the Experience
After you've finished the basic cake, you can add several more decorations, such as gold foil wrapped chocolate coins, candy cherries, dice and cards made out of fondant or gum paste (a sugar and gelatin-based edible material used in cake decorating) and small Christmas lights around the base of the cake. The lights could also be made out of fondant or gum paste, but real lights would add a special touch to the cake. The lights should be battery powered and you should remove them before cutting and serving the cake.
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