Ann Reardon

Nerf Gun Cake & Party

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To make this nerf gun cake for your nerf gun obsessed child you will need:

Cake Cutting Template

 

Cake board covered in foil mine was 28cm (11.02 inches) x 74cm (29.13 inches) mdf

A double quantity of Buttercream in your choice of flavour

Fondant:
750g (26.46 ounces) deep blue
750g (26.46 ounces) bright orange
50g (1.76 ounces) white
50g (1.76 ounces) light grey
400g (14.11 ounces) black
To colour your own buy white fondant, gel food colours and follow this tutorial for colouring fondant

For the vanilla sprinkle cake:
780g (27.51 ounces) or 3 1/2 cups margarine
630g (22.22 ounces) or 5 cups icing sugar
18 large eggs
780g (27.51 ounces) or 7 1/2 cups almond meal
rind of 3 lemons
6 tsp baking powder
270g (9.52 ounces) or 1 3/4 cups plain or all purpose flour
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 cup sprinkles (optional)

sprinkles cake recipe

Preheat the oven to 180C (356 degrees Fahrenheit).

Beat together the icing sugar and the butter until light and fluffy. Mix in the almond meal and then the eggs. Add the vanilla and then the flour. Mix until just combined.

Spread that into three baking trays (mine are 10″ x 15″). Sprinkle on the sprinkles if desired and lightly mix through.

Bake them in the oven for 20 minutes and then let them cool.

Level the cakes and cut around the cake template.

Place the first layer of cake onto the board

nerf gun cake how to

Squirt on a little milk to keep the cake moist. And then spread on a thin layer of buttercream over the top of the cake.

Add the second layer of cake, everywhere but on the handle.

Use a serrated knife to round out the top of the cake.

nerf gun cake ann reardon how to

Then push the knife in towards the board to round it out on the underneath of the top.

Cover the whole thing in buttercream then take some acetate, round it out and drag it along to smooth and round out the barrel.

nerf gun cake buttercream

Cover the top half of the cake and the magazine in bright orange fondant. Use a fondant smoother to make sure there are no lumps or bumps.

Cut a circle of cake out of the end of the barrel so you have a hollow. We don’t want that cake to dry out so add a little melted dark chocolate into the middle hollow and spread it around to seal out the air.

Follow the video tutorial and cover the other parts of the cake in black and blue fondant.

Cut out the fondant details using the template as a guide

nerf gun cake

And add them to the cake.

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Use a knife to make lines and indents. Use a straw for circle indents.

nerf gun cake tutorial ann reardon

Use a letter cutter to add words to the cake, if you dont have one watch this tutorial for other ways to do lettering.

Nerf Party Games

For the Nerf gun party we split everyone into two teams and gave them a red or blue bandana so it was easy to see which team they were on.

Target Practice: The kids lined up in their teams and the first person on each team had 60 seconds to shoot at the cans. They both had the same single bullet shooting gun and a bucket of bullets at their feet. The winner got a small prize and points for their team. After their go they pass the gun onto the next person and quickly collect the bullets that they had shot and return them to the bucket.

Having a visible and audible timer makes all of these games seem more intense, I used this one…

Target 1. Short the cans. Soda cans sprayed silver, three per team. First one to knock them all down or most knocked down in 60 seconds, whatever comes first.

Target 2. Shoot a moving target. I had a moving target on a tv screen and they shot suction nerf bullets. press pause on the video as you here them fire and you can see where it lands.

Target 3. Shoot bullets into a small hole cut into a box. For this game I gave them one shot only and then they passed it on to the next in lone and kept cylcing through everyone. They wanted to keep playing this one for a while.

Target 4: shooting hanging targets , these were just disposable plates and small bells strung up with string, the bell hits were worth more than the plates.

nerf gun party games

Nerf Dodge
For these next two games we gave all the kids protective goggles. You will also need a nerf gun per kid, you can get them to bring their own or do what we did and buy a bulk lot from someone who is selling their nerfs cheap on ebay.
All the kids were outside in a defined area and two adults were on the side shooting nerf bullets at them (a very enjoyable moment of the party). If they got hit they ran to the edge, picked up a nerf gun and helped shoot at those who were left. Last one standing wins a prize and points for the team.

Nerf Capture the flag
I hired wardrobe moving boxes so they had some obstacles to hide behind. Each team has to try and get the other teams flag, if they get shot on the way they have to run back and touch their base. This was amazing fun, they strategised and worked together as a team and did not want to stop playing.

Then it was time for party food and of course the cake.

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BIG ANNOUNCEMENT

I have been busy over the last year planning, writing and overseeing the photography and layout for my first ever cookbook! There are heaps of my favourite dessert recipes in there with a chapter on pastries, ice-cream, yummy cakes, artistic desserts and of course chocolate desserts. Each chapter has its own intro explaining the food science that you'll need to know for success every time. Booksellers where you can purchase your very own copy: http://bit.ly/ARcookbook


All recipe quantities in the book are in grams, ounces and cups.

42 Comments View Comments

  1. Rating: 2.5

    Just purchased this template and my device is saying file is damaged. Can’t find any contact details to ask why this is the case.

  2. Rating: 4.5

    Where can I get this nerf gun template you printed out for your guide on cake

  3. Rating: 5

    Love the look of this cake. I’m thinking of making this for my Great Nephew’s 12th birthday next year. I love all of your videos you do.

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