Puzzle Cake Tutorial from Bird on a Cake

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Hello, friends!
I’m Robin, and I blog about my cake obsession over at Bird On A Cake.


I am really excited to be a part of Autism Awareness Month here at 30 Days.
My two youngest children are autistic,
and autism is a topic that I love to talk about!
I am also going to share a fun cake tutorial with you.
9 years ago, I knew absolutely nothing about autism.
One day a good friend came to visit, and we sat on my couch catching up.
As we watched my almost 2 year old daughter run by,
I made a comment about how she “lived in her own little world”.
My friend asked if I had ever thought about my daughter being autistic.
“What’s autism?”, I asked.
That night, I went online and found a checklist of autism symptoms.
When I got to the bottom of that list, I had checked off almost every single one.
It felt like the world had just shifted on it’s axis!
I realized that all of the things that I had thought made my daughter unique and quirky
were actually signs of autism.
And that was the beginning of our journey.
Three years later, when our son was born, we knew volumes more about autism.
Around his first birthday, my husband and I sat down to discuss
the possible signs of autism we were noticing in our son.
Over the next year, we progressed from thinking,
“Maybe he is autistic?”
to “Probably.”
and then, “Definitely!
I am going to be honest with you.
There are days that I want to shout about how much I hate autism,
and my sanity is hanging by a thread.
There are days that I worry about the future.
And our version of “normal” is very different from most families.
But through it all, I can’t believe how very blessed I am
to be the mother of these three amazing people!
They are my heart.
“Motherhood is about raising and celebrating the child you have, not the child you thought you would have. It’s about understanding that he is exactly the person he is supposed to be. And that, if you’re lucky, he just might be the teacher who turns you into the person you are supposed to be.”  – Joan Ryan
Puzzle pieces are often used as the symbol for Autism Awareness.
So, I made a cake with chocolate puzzle pieces in primary colors.

Let me show you how easy it was to make!

Start with a silicone mold like this one.

Melt some vanilla candy coating or candy melts,
and add food coloring.

Put your candy coating in a decorating bag and snip off the tip. 
Squeeze the chocolate into the mold, just covering the bottom of each cavity.

Let them set up, then gently push on the back of the mold to pop the puzzle pieces out.

Arrange them around the sides of your cake, and put a few on the top.

You could also color your cake layers to match the puzzle pieces. :0)

I would love for you to stop by my blog for more great cake ideas.
I share lots of yummy recipes and decorating tutorials!

Thank you Robin for not only sharing this super fun cake tutorial and talents with 30days readers,  but also for sharing your personal connection to autism.  The quote you shared is my new favorite!  


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  2. says

    Beautiful post! The cake is awesome!! Your story is very familiar to our family too. Our 9 year old has autism. It was a rough ride through the first years, and we always feel like our sanity is hanging by a thread too. Thanks so much for posting your quote.


  3. Debra Kapellakis says

    Your story brought tears of joy to my eyes. The cake is super cool. thank you for sharing

  4. Lisa R says

    We have an autistic child as well. You did a great job of putting into words the feelings that we share. Loved the cake and the silicone mold idea is genius!

  5. says

    Very nice post! Thank you for sharing! Check out Kelle Hampton’s blog-Enjoying the Small Things and her new book BLOOM. While she’s dealing with a “differently abled” daughter (Down’s) her book has much the same philosophy as your quote-what these children can teach us-and believe me, it’s a lot–if the listen and learn! Bless you! Sharon