Happy Birthday to my own little boy, who really just wanted a party in the park where he can finally ride the 'big boy slide.' This is a half 8" cake over a 10", covered in fondant with sugar paste for the hardened decorations like the slide and the red jungle gym elements.
To make sure that Carter could have his cake and eat it too, this is a vegan cake (especially with the range of allergies at school, vegan is becoming a much more inclusive choice). The bottom tier is dark chocolate with All American buttercream and the top layer is cherry vanilla with cherry vanilla buttercream. It's always fun to see the brief flash of disappointment flash across someone's face when I say that the cake is 'vegan,' only later to hear raves about how good the cake is--and not just good for vegan, but actually really great!