So when that 9th birthday rolled around my son asked for- you guessed it- a boys gymnastics cake! Well I searched every corner of the Internet and found thousands if girl cakes for inspiration but for boys there wasn't much to choose from. No pre-made figures to purchase, nothing!
I knew from the Scooby Doo cake I did when he was 4 that I definitely did not want to use modeling chocolate again, what a mess!
So I tried non-edible Polymer Clay. I purchased all the colors I needed and some cheap sculpting tools at Michaels and went for it.
The polymer clay has to be baked after you sculpt it, but I did it a few days before the party so it was ready as soon as the cakes cooled and were iced. The only apparatus I couldn't figure out how to make was rings, so I make a chalk bucket instead. I also sculpted the gymnast to look like my son, right down to the tuft of hair that always sticks up in the back.