I made this Dennis the Menace birthday cake for my son's 5th birthday and it was a big hit with his little friends and their parents too! Oh, and I'm his Dad.
Dennis the Menace comics in the UK are different to the US version and the stripy sweater and spiky hair are familiar to everyone over here in England.
The idea came from glancing at a book of cake designs in my local bookshop (remember when we had those?). I saw it at lunchtime but didn't have my wallet with me but when I went back later in the day: no book. Someone had bought it. I have a pretty good memory so I thought I'd give the cake a try without the book and I'm proud of the way it turned out.
The cake itself is a couple of basic chocolate sponges, layered, sculpted into ball and covered with chocolate butter cream. The leaves of the bush were cut from the green rolled fondant icing using a flower cutter and were glued on with sugar paste. Dennis is made from more colored fondant. All in all, it's an easy cake to make but the result is great.
On reflection, I should have painted the black stripes for a better effect but apart from that, I wouldn't change anything if I made it again. Sadly, this was the last Dad-made birthday cake - the next year, he asked if he could have a 'a Power Rangers cake from a shop like all my friends do'. Oh well, it was fun for a while.
I wanted to make a dumbo cake for my 2 year old's birthday. so i started to brain storm and after seeing other cakes on the internet I came up with this one. It's just two 9inch round cakes layered with frosting in the middle. I then started with the red strip so I knew how far down to go with the zigzags. then I put the blue on the top and the side and after that filled in the rest with yellow and added the white dots. Then I traced the cake pan on a piece of paper, to get the right size, drew and cut out a star put it on the top of the cake and traced that and then filled it in. using the same piece of paper i traced the stuffed dumbo and cut that out so i knew exactly how much space and what shape he would be on the star so it didn't show and then I could put it under Dumbo and keep him clean. I did it all with a med. size round tip and it took just under two containers of frosting, for the outside. also something i should have done was either wait to put the paper on until just before serving or used wax paper. My daughter can keep the dumbo on top too.