My son loves the Backyardigans but his favourite episode is "race around the world" so I thought I would base the cake on that!
The Characters: each character is out of rice krispie squares. I just made them into balls for the head and body and then shaped them based on each character. Then covered them in icing and then fondant. I had to keep the body parts together with toothpicks. Then the legs, arms, hands and feet were just formed with fondant. Toothpicks were also used to keep these on. Black icing dye was used for the details in the face and the shoes.
The Cake: this is an 11x15 cake. I doubled the recipe for the first layer and then again for the second. First and second layer have chocolate pudding in the centre and are covered with icing. Then each quarter the the top was covered with it's own sheet of fondant to keep the colours separate. Green section has toy trees and I used the grass icing tip to add some texture, also there is a pathway of brown icing. Gummy butterflies are in with the trees. White section was smeared with white icing to give the appearance of snow. Blue section was covered with blue gel icing for water with a fondant water buoy and a gummy shark and candy fish. Brown section has a toy cactus and brown sugar over the top with a little bit of grass and chocolate rocks.
This Backyardigan Third Birthday Cake was the first cake I was going to be decorating in our motorhome so I was hesitant about being too intricate. I found the Backyardigan toppers on the internet (Amazon) and decided to take it easy with with new Duff fondants at Michaels - which were fabulous.
I baked three 9" round cakes and cut one of cakes in half. I stacked the two full cakes on bottom and two cake halves on one side of the top (making a stage type area). I filled and covered with a nice thick buttercream.
Duff's fondants come in these great wild colors that were perfect for the Backyardigans. I zapped the fondant in the microwave, rolled it out and covered the whole cake easily in a very small work area. Cut out the stars with graduated star fondant cutters and letters (also all at Michaels) and stuck them on with water.
This was only my third fondant cake and this fondant worked MUCH better than other packages I have tried. I highly recommend it - I also thought it tasted better. I have looked for awhile for some simple and easy character fondant cakes. I thought this fit the bill and might help other people just starting out like me. I am TERRIBLE with molding fondant into a recognizable character so buying the little guys as a starting point helped me out.
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I made this Backyardigans cake for my twin Niece & Nephew's 2nd B-day. I made a chocolate & vanilla marble cake 12"x18" & iced it with butter cream.
The image of the Backyardigans was made by using a method called "Frozen Butter Cream Transfer". Take the image that you want to use (reverse it if it has words or numbers) & tape it down to a piece of cardboard. Then take either a cut open freezer bag or a piece of wax paper & tape over the top of your image. Then use your butter cream icing to outline all of the image details in black or white.
Then use the appropriate colors to fill in the image. (Remember that what you are looking at will become the bottom & what is currently the bottom will become the top.) Place the image (cardboard & all) in the freezer for an hour or so until it hardens. Take the image out of the freezer & immediately flip it over onto you cake surface. Add a border around the image to hide any ugly edges & finish your cake decorations (words & borders & such).