I started with a boxed mix (either Duncan Hines or Betty Crocker), and made the cakes and frosted them. I then colored a large piece of fondant (you can get both fondant and food coloring gel at Michael's or ACMoore), and covered the whole cake.
To get the images of the Tyrone birthday cake, I found a picture of Tyrone that I liked, printed it out on my computer (resizing as necessary), cut it out, and glued it to a piece of cardboard to use as a template to cut out the fondant pieces. Each different color on the cake was made by cutting out an individual piece of colored fondant.
For the lettering, it's amazing that "happy birthday" has almost the same letters as "The Backyardigans". I cut out each letter and make a template, then attached the letters to the cake.
A really great tip for any cake is to make it, then freeze it for at least 2 days or so. This gives the cake a smaller "crumb", making it easier to cut and frost, and I swear it also makes the cake a bit more moist.
This Uniqua cake was fashioned after the Backyardigans "Master of Disguise" party invitation that you can print off the web.
Start with one 9-inch round and one 10-inch round cake. Shape a body from the 10-inch cake by carving away bottom and side pieces to form knee and elbow. Use one of those pieces for boot. Now, flatten top of 10-inch cake and bottom of 9-inch cake. Lay 9-inch cake offset for head, carving away to shape hat and face.
Frost face and right leg with pink buttercream. Tint remaining icing darker with rose color. Frost hat, coat and sides of cake. Add spots to face. Tint small portion of pink-rose icing with violet and pipe smile onto face. Pipe jacket trim of white icing. Eyes, hands and glasses are cut from fondant and colored with edible markers.
Serve on half-sheet size board covered with pink foil. A hit with every pre-school child in the neighborhood!
For my grand daughter, Sienna Lee's first birthday I decided to make a cake with a difference. She is crazy about the Backyardigans and Tasha in particular. I have never decorated a cake so I used the internet to walk me through.
I used a chocolate cake mix (saved time and effort). I applied the butter cream then covered it with rolled fondant. For Tasha image I sketched the image (from the internet) and traced it on to gumpaste and the rest was a breeze. I got a lot of ooohs and aaahs. Sienna Lee clapped when she saw the Tasha from Backyardigans Cake and proceeded to 'attack' it.
I was not too pleased with the gumpaste. It was too brittle so the next time I will use fondant and mold the characters.
I am now hooked on cake decorating and my next project is a pillow-shaped cake for my daughter's 3rd wedding anniversary.
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This Uniqua Birthday Cake I made for my daughter's first birthday.
I made a three tiered cake, and put a crumb coat on each layer. I use wooden dowels, and cake boards in between the layers to keep them from caving in with the weight of the top tiers. I then colored my fondant into hot pink and light pink and left a good portion white. The best way to color fondant without changing the consistency is to use gel food coloring.
I used wire to hang the fondant balls above the cake. I drew Uniqua, then cut the fondant out in the shapes and layered each piece.
My take aways from this cake: polka dots are cute but time consuming, sketching a design before you begin helps you as you go along, and have fun with it.