Saturday, November 5, 2011

Hatchet cake

I couldn't resist sharing these photos with you.

My friend Christine Selinger and her son have done something that I think deserves some kind of award. Her son's favourite book is Hatchet by Gary Paulsen, and for his school project, Chris decided they should use cake. Yes, this is totally edible, and indeed, was eaten that very day by the class.

Four handmade cakes, two different kinds of homemade icing, jello, three different kinds of brown sugar for the sand, all adds up to one enormously creative ode to a great book.

If you've read the book, you'll recognize items in the model. Turtle eggs. The sinking plane. Berries. The skunk. Moose, wolf, bear. The cave. Is this seriously cool or what? What do you think? Mom of the Year Award material?

close up


Front view
back view


the cake artists

Any other books made into a cake out there?

22 comments:

Jackie said...

That is a fantastic cake... and the book is pretty cool too.. great job guys!!!

The Golden Eagle said...

That's awesome! And Hatchet is a great book. :)

Anna Staniszewski said...

Wow that's amazing! And here I've been stressing about making unicorn cookies... :-)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

That is amazing! They did a fantastic job.

Jemi Fraser said...

That is AMAZING!!!! Hatchet is one of my favourite books - I often read it aloud to my students. There's at least one Gary Paulsen fanatic in every room (he's a great author!). Congratulations to them on a great job. I hope he got top marks for that one!

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

Is that blue jello the plane is in??? How awesome is this? I love Hatchet and hereby throw my vote to Mom Award!

Caroline Starr Rose said...

THIS IS SO AMAZING!!!!!! Brian Robeson feels like a personal friend around here (I bawled at the end of Brian's Winter when I realized it was all over...thankfully Paulsen wrote two more books).

Hats off to this wonderful family.

Jess said...

This is incredible!! Holy Mom Award! Such a cool thing~ I'll bet he was the most popular kid in class :)

Paul Greci said...

Love it!! An edible diorama!!

I have read both Hatchet and Brian's Winter out loud to my classes in the past.

Kelly Polark said...

That is absolutely amazing. And looks yummy too!
I hope someone somehow emailed a pic of it to Paulsen!

C.R. Evers said...

oh wow! I'm in awe. That's a fabulous cake.

Chris Phillips said...

That action figure looks way too excited about being alone in the woods. Pretty amazing cake.

Peggy Eddleman said...

That is SO VERY COOL! If one day I have a book and a kid does something like that based on my book, I think I'll die of happiness. That's the coolest thing every. Yay boys who are willing to do stuff like that!

Mirka Breen said...

Now I want a taste…

PⒿ @ $ € € ₦$ ₣®0₥... said...

That. is. so. cool!

Catherine A. Winn said...

Wow, that is so amazing! I read Hatchet and it's a perfect representation! So glat you posted about it!

Marcia said...

That is SUCH a cool project. I'd be worried that maybe Mom would get stuck doing too much of it, but if the student makes a major contribution, he deserves an A. :)

inluvwithwords said...

Wow, that is one amazing cake. I bet they had great fun creating it.

Medeia Sharif said...

That's so cool.

I've seen book cakes (like for launch parties), but not book-themed cakes like these.

I believe I have Hatchet, but I haven't read it yet.

Sharon K. Mayhew said...

Fantastic book and fantastic cakes. What a cool project!

Stephen Tremp said...

I love reliving my past with my kids and doing school projects with them. My arts and crafts gifts come out. Its a lot of fun making a set from wires and paper mache. Then painting the set and adding figures and trees and such.

Shannon O'Donnell said...

Wow, wow, wow!! :-)