This was my "practice" run using the 3D Wilton sports ball cake. My son really wanted Bakugan for his 9th birthday. I really wish I had more "cake" talent, but to be honest I can't even frost a plain cake! Most of the other Bakugan cakes I saw on the internet were done with fondant (NOT something I'm wanting to work with), so I knew using regular frosting would already cause me trouble.
I filled the pans to the line as suggested, but the cake didn't really "fluff" up as much as I assumed from the pictures (lesson learned). I used a boxed chocolate cake mix and canned frosting.
I knew that I couldn't copy my son's Bakugan exactly with just frosting and my limited decorating skills, but he seemed pretty happy about it! After getting the frosting tinted, I frosted it all the lighter blue. Then I randomly piped darker blues lines on it to represent the lines that "pop" open.
I used the extra batter to make cupcakes. I meant to just frost them solid, but was having too much fun playing around with the frosting! My son said the little squiggles looked like Bakugans to him (gotta love being appreciated even when it's not PERFECT).
I'm glad that I had a practice run before his party. I made the next one with batter up to the top instead of the suggested line. I also made it red to look like the "main" character's bakugan (dragonoid?) to match the store-bought pinata that we customized.
Coolest Bakugan Card Cake with lots of Bakugan Balls 13
Homemade Bakugan Card Cake with lots of Bakugan Balls
The outside of this Bakugan Card Cake with lots of Bakugan Balls is chocolate marshmallow fondant. The design on top is marbled red/yellow marshmallow fondant, which I think could come out better with more practice. I used white royal icing for the starburst design because the white spray color I ordered online does not work at all. The logo was done ahead of time from white fondant that I hand-painted with slightly "watered down" (with extract) gels.
For the balls I used the truffle idea with pearl dusts that is very well detailed in a different cake write-up on this site; I don't want to be totally repetitive. However, I used royal icing with #2 for all the white piping on the balls and it worked well. The gels that I used for the other balls are OK, but I don't like the way they will not harden when they dry. If I were to do this again, I would plan ahead to tint small batches of royal icing to do all the balls instead of using the colored gels. They looked cool, but also the kids were a little afraid to eat them and those that did actually didn't like the truffles!
Recipe is Colette's Chocolate Cake with coffee filled with basic chocolate buttercream from the Cake Bible. It is delicious.
My son loves Bakugan and asked me to make his favorite guy Robotalian. We didn't have a lot of guests to feed so this is a 9x13 pan with 2 layers - vanilla cake with chocolate cream center, yum!
I used the card to design the cake and printed out an enlarged image to trace on the fondant. For the point circles on the side, I used vanilla Oreos and colored them and then used royal icing to do the writing.
This homemade Robotalian Bakugan cake was a huge hit and the smile on my son's face was worth all the time spent on it! Happy baking!