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Party Hack: How to Make a Laser Tag Cake

Posted on July 19, 2021


Are you planing a laser tag party?

Here's how to make an awesome laser tag cake from start to finish! You can make this epic looking cake and they'll be talking about it for weeks to come! Here are eight straigtforward steps to make this awesome cake.


INSTRUCTION BOOKLET DOWNLOAD
laser tag party

 

Step by Step Instructions: Laser Tag Cake

Create an awesome Laser Tag Cake. This is the perfect centre piece for your party food.

Before you start you'll want to get everything you need together. (We also have a suggested "Shopping List" in our download.)

Ingredients

  • 3 x 450gr rectangular Sponge slabs (unfilled)
  • 500g Icing Sugar Mixture 
  • 250g Butter at room temp 
  • Optional Food colour and flavour 
  • 1 Kg Fondant Black 
  • 250g Fondant Orange 
  • Custom Wafer Card Print A4 
  • Tooth Picks (2) 
  • Water 
  • Confetti Sprinkles silver (12)

Tools:

  • Rectanglar Cake Board 40cm x 50cm 
  • Electric mixer 
  • Knife
  • Spatulas 
  • Baking Paper 
  • Fondant rolling pin        
  • Fondant decorating tools 
  • Small paint bush 
  • Small cup
  • Tagger Template

Laser Tag Cake: How To & Step By Step 

By:
Canditta Natakuapa

My son was turning 8 and I needed to come up with another idea for his birthday cake. By now I was starting to run out of ideas.

To make it harder he wanted a Laser Tag party last year. It was such a massive hit last year, so of course, he wanted it again this year. Last year I went all out and made a Tank Cake and now I had to find something top that. 'Arrr, what to do?'


Add to that, I’m only a hobby baker and extremely time-poor; I mean aren’t we all! I searched in all the usual places, Google, Facebook and Pinterest.

But nothing jumped out at me, and nothing that wouldn’t take all day and cost an arm & a leg.

Being a summer party, I tend to do fondant cakes as I find them the most stable in the heat. That’s when I thought why not make the Laser Tag Tagger itself. I created an almost 1-to-1 replica of the Awesome Cobra Tagger from Laser Tag in Box.

My son thought this was the best idea EVER! The cake had a pretty simple shape.

But it was large enough to feed maybe up to 30 people. It’s mostly one colour so I didn’t have to spend a fortune on a dozen different colour fondants. I chose the main colour as black, to match what the Cobra Tagger looks like in real life. Plus being black meant I could buy the exact colour and not mess around mixing colours.

Another bonus with this design is that it is flat.

So, I didn’t have the stress about transporting a 3-tier monstrosity in the car, with all the other party stuff. The only challenge I could see was the little details in the scope, rail, trigger and speaker. Luckily, I had seen a page online for Custom Icing. They do custom printing onto editable wafers.

I thought:

Jackpot! This is going to save so much time.”

It was fantastic and took my little cake to the next level.

I couldn’t believe how well it turned out.

My son LOVED IT and so did his friends!

Remember when I mentioned I’m time poor, right?

Instead of baking the cake, I used sponge slabs from the grocery store.

They are a perfect size and saved me a day of baking. I used 2 and a half, which if I had more time, I would've used the other half to do a small batch of cake pops. I made a full batch of Buttercream (jump to recipe) but could have maybe gotten away with a half batch. I really hate running out and having to make more so I do have a tendency to make too much rather than too little.

I did use the extra buttercream to attach the fondant to the biscuits. See 'Awesome Tagger Biscuits How-To' (jump to recipe). I still had plenty left which I froze to use in later recipes. But you could use it for cake pops (I wish I had made some).

Since I was using black fondant, I wanted to add a little colour to the buttercream. My son chose the colour blue, as it had a Bubble Gum flavour to it. Any colour or flavour would have worked though.

For the cake board, I wanted it a fair bit bigger than the cake itself. This gives the cake kind of a safety zone when on the table. I went with silver to bring out the silver in the fake screws. When doing the fondant, I tried to do it in one piece. The area around the gap between the fore-grip and the back of the handle was difficult to stretch and mold. In the end, I added a strip around the inside which was so much easier. Those more experienced could probably have done it in one piece.

Before attaching the custom printed wafers I positioned them on the cake. Once you attach them there's no moving them! You are going to want to take your time with this part to get it right. If it’s humid the wafers can stick slightly to the fondant and can be difficult to lift to attach securely. If you have air-con I would put it on for this part. If not, brush with a little cornflour. After that, I then dipped the brush in water and flung it to get off the excess. If you aren’t sure test it on the back of your hand, you don’t want to see any water drops.

CAKE DECORATION

On the red camo wafer, I did use too much water to moisten the back which kind of dissolves it. If you look very closely you can see a small hole in the wafer. I noticed, but no one else did (thankfully!). To make the scope

I used 2 toothpicks and a little tape. This made it look like it was kind of floating. No one was going to be eating the scope and I loved how it was floating there. If you're like me and are starting to freak out about the impending party.

Especially if the party is tomorrow!!

I tell myself: “Now it’s time to go have a cup of tea and relax.”

For the candles, I went with single candles as they slide into the fondant better than the larger number which I find crack the fondant and you have to push in so far or they don’t stand up.

On the day I got heaps of positive feedback. One person didn’t realise it was a cake and thought a kid had put their tagger on the table until they got a bit closer. That made me smile!! It has to be one of my favourite cakes I have made and most importantly my son ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT!!!!

wafters for the cake decroation

Laser Tag Cake Instructions

step 1

Step 1: Buttercream Icing

  • Using an electric mixer, beat butter in a bowl until pale.
  • Gradually add half the icing sugar mixture and mix until combined, scrape down  the sides.
  • Add 2 tsp of Food Flavouring and desired amount of food colouring and mix in.
  • Gradually add the remaining icing sugar mixture and mix until a nice even and fluffy consistency.
template

Step 2: Assembling the Cake - Cut the Sponge Slabs into Shape

Position 3 halves of the sponge cakes on the cake board. Once in the desired position fix them in place with a little buttercream underneath and in-between the cakes.

Lay the tagger template on top and cut the bottom off the third cake along the bottom of the handle.

Place cut pieces on either side of the handle to complete the handle. Fix in place with buttercream.

Using a knife cut out the handle and trigger.


step 3

Step 3: Postion the Slabs using the Template

Using buttercream between the layers add 2 more halves of the sponge on top of the main section of the cake.


Replace the template and cut out the main section of the cake.

Slightly round the bottom edge and shape the top so that it is almost a ¼ circle at the front and middle.

The back is cut straight at the same angle.


crumb coat

Step 4: Buttercream Crumb Coat

Use buttercream to do the crumb coat (first thin layer of buttercream to keep crumbs in place).


Place in the fridge to set buttercream.

buttercream coat

Step 5: Buttercream Smooth Layer 


Once hard to the touch do another layer of buttercream.

This time making sure as smooth as possible.

On the underside of some baking paper outline the template with enough overhang to cover the sides of the cake.

About 6-8cm all the way around.


black fondant

Step 6: Fondant Layer 

Roll out black fondant to cover the entire cake.  Gently lay fondant on top of the cake and work the fondant down the sides of the cake.


Trim edges.

Cut away the fondant from the centre of the handle.

Roll out a strip of black fondant about 2.5cm X 45cm. Wrap around the inside of the handle and smooth join with the top.

Trim where needed.

Using buttercream between the layers add 2 more halves of the sponge on top of the main section of the cake.


putting it all together

Step 7: Attach the Wafers

Start by positioning the top detail piece.


Use this to guide the position of the speaker grill and then the red camo piece.

Follow with the trigger, bottom rail, barrel sensor and scope

When you have them all in place you will want fix them in place.

Using the paintbrush, brush the finest layer of water on the back of the wafer. Use as little water as possible.

The wafer should not be damp.

Insert 2 toothpicks halfway down the top to rest the scope on. Tape the underside of the wafer to the toothpicks to hold in place.


eat & enjoy

Step 8: Eat & Enjoy

Present your fabulous Laser Tag cake to your party-goers. 


Be prepared for lots of "oohs!" and "aaaahhhh!" 

As EVERYONE will be surely impressed.

Last step, eat and enjoy it!


p.s. Remember to take a photo of your amazing creation and upload it to your favourite social media, tag it with #LaserTaginaBox so we can share it!







 

 

Laser Tag Cake - Summing Up

There you have it. Step-by-step instructions on how to make a fabulous Laser Tag Cake. A cake that's inspired by the Awesome Cobra Tagger.

If you download the Instruction Booklet, you will see we have included a "Shopping List". This list has links to where we sourced the special ingredients like the Black Fondant and the Specialty Wafers.

We hope you got a little bit of inspiration from this Laser Tag Cake.

If you bake your own we'd love to share it on social media. Upload your photos of your cake and tag us #LaserTaginaBox (be sure to set the audience to "public" so everyone can see it!).


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