Nerf Gun Cake

Nerf Gun Cake is a chocolate based theme cake perfect for your kid’s birthday party. It’s a simple cake filled with chocolate ganache. White chocolate drip in nerf blue colour is done for the theme. Orange colour is given to the whipped cream.

Some more of my theme cakes are here – hand painted cake, spiderman cake, race track cake.

My kids are going through the phase of Nerf war and gun toting these days, which has been fueled further when daddy dear got them a gun each from his travels.

Last week was older one’s birthday and invariably, the request was to make a Nerf inspired cake.

Nerf Gun Cake

Though we didn’t host a party but cake is a must, so I made for him in colours of the dart/ gun.

He is also discovering chewing gum which I personally abhor,

but as a very rare treat he manages to chew some.

So, I combined bubble gum flavour in the whipping cream and filled the cake with it.

For the outside I coloured the plain whipping

cream to match the colour of Nerf darts and I used coloured ganache drip for the top.

I think I need a bit more work on coloured ganache. Once I get the right coloured ganache, I will surely share the recipe here.

nerf birthday cake

Till then enjoy the cake as much as my kids did. Even V loved the cake – Absolutely delicious cake with bubble gum flavour and melt in the mouth texture.

an 8 inch, 3 layered cake Conversion Chart Print

Old Fashioned Chocolate Cake


1 cup of all purpose flour (maida)
½ cup and 1 tablespoon of granulated sugar (chini)
cup and 1 teaspoon of unsweetened cocoa powder
¼ heaped teaspoon of baking soda
¼ teaspoon of salt (namak)
cup of hot water
4 tablespoons of vegetable oil
2 teaspoons of white vinegar
1 teaspoon of instant coffee granules
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
2 tablespoons of whiskey (optional)
sugar syrup for soaking


1.Pre-heat oven to 180 C. Line the bottom of one 8 inch pan.
2.Whisk together flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda & salt in a large mixing bowl. Do not use a mixer as it will not aerate the dry flours.
3.Combine water, oil, vinegar, instant coffee & vanilla in a separate bowl.
4.Mix the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and whisk them till they are just combined. Do not overmix. A smooth batter is not necessary, few lumps in it are fine. If you are adding any liquor, then add it now.
5.Pour batter into the prepared pan. Gently tap the pan so air bubbles are removed and batter spreads evenly.
6.Bake for 20-25 mins in the preheated oven. After about 18-20 minutes, insert a tooth pick towards the side of the pan. If it comes out clean, then cake is done.
7.Cool the cake in the pan on the rack for 15 minutes, then invert it on the rack. Leave it upside down to cool, it helps in flattening any dome shape. I baked three layers by baking this recipe three times separately. And then froze the layers wrapped in cling film. Continue with assembling and frosting the cake.


Old fashioned chocolate cake is perfect as a moist base for frosting and layering cakes.

Using coffee is optional.