You Can’t Have a Winter Soldier Party Without an Edible Chess Birthday Cake

Jason turns 11 (eep!) next month but thanks to crazy conflicts, we had his birthday party last weekend. This year, we took him and his friends to the movies, followed by a sleepover. Or, as you’d expect, a non-sleepover.

Clearly Marvel is a big fan of my son, since every year around his birthday, there’s always a huge release. Last year was Iron Man 3 and this year it’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier!

We started with dinner at the food court. We brought in pizza from Suffern’s Fieldhouse (soooo good) and of course, Allie made sure to bring the proper paper goods.

Winter Soldier birthday #CaptainAmericaEvent

And since I managed to cut off Ryan’s head in the above pic, here’s a follow-up of the Birthday Boy’s little brother.

Captain America party #CaptainAmericaEvent

Pizza #CaptainAmericaEvent

I only had 3 slices, while one of Jason’s friends snarfed down 4!

After eating, we raced up to the AMC Movie Theater for an 8 pm showing of Captain America: The Winter Soldier! We, of course, were a little early so while Allie waited on line, the kids wreaked havoc in the arcade area.

Batman arcade game

Ryan motorcycle


Jason arcade dance

Yeah, hes not even full of sugar yet.

Finally, the movie started (after a zillion trailers, of course!) and the boys were riveted. I’m just glad I saw the movie already or I would’ve been too distracted “shushing” the kids to really follow properly. They all absolutely loved the film and couldn’t wait to re-enact their favorite scenes. Of course, we were on the fourth floor and had to take the elevator down, so all the kids started acing out the intense Elevator Scene!

The party continued at our house, as we got in around 10:45 p.m. or so. Perfect time for cake, right? Oy. Yep, we then plied this kids with a few hundred pounds of sugar just for fun.

This year, Allie continued to outdo herself. For Jason’s cake she made a playable and 100% edible Chess Birthday Cake!

Edible Chess Set

The empty board. Each square is an individual piece of chocolate.

We set the pieces in place before calling Jason and his friends in for cake.

Chess Birthday Cake

A fully playable and edible Chess Birthday Cake!

With the board set, Jason and his buds came in with a variety of “ooohs” and “ahhhs” and “whoas!”

The Cake Queen herself and the Birthday Boy

The Cake Queen herself and the Birthday Boy

Jason immediately starting playing, as his friends all chimed in with move suggestions. I never knew chess was a fan-participation game. Good thing Allie made extra chocolate pieces for the kids to chomp on.

Chess Birthday Cake

Happy Birthday, Jason!

After fueling them up with an action-packed movie and a sugar-packed cake, we sent the kids to the basement for the night. For the next two hours, these guys ran around non-stop playing “Avengers” with all the superhero gear/toys we have. Eventually they passed out for the night, long after my head hit the pillow.

It was a lot of fun and somehow my gorgeous and talented wife pulled it off. Now I need to start plotting for my birthday cake. Maybe she can make me a playable Atari 2600 cake…

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14 Responses
  • Robert Crockett
    April 28, 2014

    That’s one awesome cake ! I feel inspired to try my hand at making a checkerboard one …

  • Holly W
    April 22, 2014

    Wow Very nice looking cake & looks like a great party also.

  • Lisa Konieczke
    April 22, 2014

    That’s a really cool cake. I figure, I can’t play chess, may as well just eat it, haha. Sounds like they had a great time. Happy Birthday!

  • Lynne
    April 22, 2014

    I thoroughly enjoyed this post, as it brought back memories of the birthday party/sleepovers we used to have for my sons’ birthdays. Since I am not as talented as your wife, I always had to have my sister-in-law supply the cakes. We did a “trip to the movies with your friends” for one of the parties – my youngest son’s birthday was a bit before the release of the very first Harry Potter movie, and we did a trip to the theater for his party – fortunately school got out early that day, so we were able to see the film midweek, for matinee prices in a fairly empty theater. Boys are exhausting, but lots of fun. I totally grasp all the implications of the “non-sleepover” comment. : )

    • Andrew Kardon
      April 22, 2014

      Exactly, Lynne! Thanks so much for the comment! 🙂

  • Janet W.
    April 21, 2014

    What a neat cake!! Such a cute and delicious idea! So glad y’all had a wonderful time celebrating!

  • ellen beck
    April 21, 2014

    Happy Birthday Jason!!!

    I LOVE that cake so cute for a boy his age and it looked like everyone had a super time.

  • Sarah L
    April 20, 2014

    What a fun birthday you made for your son. Wonderful cake.

  • Stephanie LaPlante
    April 20, 2014

    Man, that is genius! Best excuse to play with your food.
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  • shelly peterson
    April 19, 2014

    What a great cake and awesome time he and his friends had. My son would love a party like that.

  • courtney b
    April 19, 2014

    now THAT is a cake that took time and effort 🙂 i love it !
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    • Andrew Kardon
      April 19, 2014

      Hey Courtney! I think it took my wife about 8 hours to make, since she had to make each piece by hand with chocolate molds.

  • Anne Taylor
    April 19, 2014

    That is an amazing cake; and the party looks pretty great too!

    • Andrew Kardon
      April 19, 2014

      Thanks, Anne! It really was incredible. And delicious too! 🙂

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