I made this Homemade Looney Tunes Birthday Cake for my son's 6th birthday. I ordered a plain chocolate sponge 'slab' from Woolworths (in Australia). It's a huge rectangle and makes the cake really easy to cut up and shape. Before cutting up the cake, I painted a road and desert background on paper and covered it with plastic book covering and stuck it to the cake board.
I then drew the shape of the cliffs in the scene on baking paper and then used this as a template to cut the sponge into shape. After getting the shape of the cliffs that I wanted, I held the higher little rock formation together with a wooden kebab stick inside so it wouldn't topple over. I used a "Vienna Cream" icing recipe and just used food colouring and cocoa to get the icing colour.
The figurines I purchased off eBay and I made the box of dynamite for Coyote out of a match box and rolled up red gift wrap with a piece of string inserted in the centre. Everything else I made with cardboard etc to set the scene. Oh, and the rocks are from my garden! It worked really well and my son loved it.
Although you can buy Maisy Mouse cake transfers I made this Maisy myself by just enlarging a picture I had of Maisy and using it as a stencil on rolled out icing. This cake was very easy and only took me a couple of hours to complete.
I layered the icing to give it a bit of a 3D effect. I finished the picture off with writing gel. Maisy is hand drawn and so it is important to not have her finished off perfectly for example one hand is bigger than the other. ( I found this difficult to do because I kept wanting her to look neat and perfect but the authentic Maisy is not, so I redid it).
My best hints are to ice the cake with a knife regularly dipped in boiling water. Ice a frozen cake as it is easier to get the icing to stick on properly - especially on the sides, and if you are using writing gel I try to do this as late as I can because I often find that it runs if it is left too long, especially when it is warm.
This Jungle book cake is a page from my son's favorite Curious George book. It's where the painters go to lunch and George paints the apartment to look like a jungle while they are gone. It was my favorite book too, and I used to love this page! In fact, I read to him from the same copy that I had as a kid.
I made 2 rectangle sheet cakes, put them together side by side, then contoured the sides slightly to resemble an open book. After the cake was iced & smooth, I used an icing comb to make the pages along the edges. Then the cake was put in the freezer to set. A straight pin was used to draw a rough outline of the main objects on the page, then I held my breath & tried to keep a steady hand to fill in the rest.
It looked a lot better after the last step, which was to outline everything in a very thin black icing line to give definition. This one was fun!