Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Making a Character Cake

This past weekend my youngest son Ryan turned 7.  He wanted his party at a place called Fun Town that had skating, laser tag and arcade games...and he wanted a Pokemon cake!  I went to the major grocery stores and requested one, but they told me Pokemon was 'old' and they didn't carry the characters anymore to make the cake.  My friend had bought a Pikachu Cake Pan off of ebay a few years ago and had it in her garage sale a while back, so I thought it may come in handy someday to have so I bought it from her.  I'm so glad I did!! 
I must say, it has been a while since I tackled a character cake.  The last one was my oldest son's 2nd birthday and I think it was a Big Bird cake pan way back then!  ;)  So I was a little nervous just where to start.  My son wanted a chocolate cake, so I used a box cake mix and sprayed the pan with regular Pam Spray.  This was the best choice.  It came out perfect!!  I made the cake the night before, then made the buttercream icing from the Wilton website in the morning.  All 5 colors.  For the black I used a bottle of Cookie Icing.  It worked out OK, but not great.  I did have some issues using it.  It is a little runny and you have to clean up some seepage into the side areas quickly, but it turned out fine.

I suggest practicing a little on some waxed paper.

I bought my basic Wilton Decorating kit around 30 years ago and they still work wonderfully!  Read the instructions folks.  Of course I thought I did, then when I re-read them, I messed a few steps up.  Ha!  I outlined the cake first then did the outside blue area.  I think the instructions said to do it the other way around, but this worked out fine.  I cleaned up the edges later as I went on.  Start at the top and make your way down.  That was the best way to go on the main color, but I did follow the instructions of when to do each color at which time.  Thank goodness they have the instructions in a data base on the Wilton website!  My pan did not have the paper instruction sheet, but it was on the website.

Well, hello Pikachu!! 

Is this a happy 7 year old or what??

And the final verdict?? Ryan just loved his Pikachu Cake!!!  And everyone said it tasted good too. So don't be scared to try one of these cakes!!  It was actually fun to make!


Cindy's Stitching said...

You did a great job.

Sara said...

So cute!! Would LOVE it if you would link this up at my turquoise lovin' party going on right now!! http://www.sweetlittlegals.com/2011/09/turquoise-lovin-6.html

Heather said...

It looks great! The birthday boy looks like he loved it, too. :)

The Polka Dot Closet said...

Goodness, you have kids of all ages! It has been forever since I have done a decorated cake, probably when my son was 7, you did a great job! Thank you for your kind words of congratulations. I guess we will be doing inside projects to day with all of the rain!