My husband was born on the

Cinco de Mayo
Free Comic Book Day
Avengers Movie weekend
day after Star Wars Day

does it get any cooler then that? He’s a geek. That’s why I love him.

I wanted to make him a nerdy cake for his birthday. His favorite Avenger is Captain America. All the Captain America cakes I have seen on the webz had icky fondant on them. I needed to find a way I could do it without fondant (because fondant is of the devil, and well just plain gross) and also without a crap-ton of food coloring. I was playing around with the idea of using sprinkles, but had basically talked myself out of that deciding that I could never get sprinkles to go to their right spots and not make it look dumb. I wanted it to be as perfect as a fondant one would have looked, only taste a billion times better. My teenager said, “Just do it, Mom! It’ll look fine.” I guess, even if the sprinkles came out dumb, it would still taste ok. I knew Hubby would have loved it no matter what.

To make his cake extra special, I did a fancier chocolate cake. After all you only have 1 birthday a year, so make it super yummy cool. Hubby likes chocolate. He likes raspberry. I made him a Chocolate Ganache Raspberry Capatin America Cake! D.e.c.a.d.e.n.c.e.

I added dark chocolate ganache and raspberry fruit to each layer:

I used parchment paper and cut out the different parts of Captain America’s shield. After frosting with just plain white buttercream frosting I stuck the different rings on the cake to block out where I didn’t want the sprinkles to stick. and voila! a Captain America cake:
(and a ton of sprinkles that didn’t make it on the cake).
The cake took a long time to make, but I had fun doing that for my husband. I can’t make dinner, but I can sure build him a cake!
I decided to just go with the Super Hero/Avenger theme all the way and got him a Captain America t-shirt to wear to the movie. He recently started taking knitting classes, and had been carrying his stuff around in a ziploc bag. I made him a cool (and very manly) project bag to carry his knitting.
I know the yarn isn’t “super Hero” themed, but hey it’s STAR WARS yarn! <-- it doesn't get any cooler than that. I bought him the yarn from HaldeCraft. His first “good” yarn. I’m going to help him make a hat with it. Just to keep the nerdiness well rounded, he also got the extended version of the Lord of the Rings trilogy on Blu-Ray.
Our super talented teenager comic-book-ified him and drew this great card:
Happy Birthday to my super cool geeky Hubby. I love you.