I made this Bananas in Pajamas birthday cake for my daughter's 2nd birthday - she LOVES bananas in pajamas! I looked through this website for inspiration and then decided to make it myself.
I found a coloring in picture on the ABC2 website and printed it out. Then I enlarged in on a photocopier - and then re-drew it myself making it a bit 'fatter' - chubby bananas made it easier to cut out and ice!
I made 2 cakes in a lamington pan (double cake batch in each - one was my own recipe for a honey cake and the other was a gluten free apple cake). I then pinned the pictures on and cut around it (I cut the legs off and cut them out separately so I could get a whole banana out of one cake).
I made an egg white icing (egg white and sugar) and separated it into 4 batches - then colored them blue, yellow and black (and kept one white).
I iced the top of the head black, the head and hands yellow, the body/arms and legs blue and the feet (shoes) white. I then rolled out fondant and cut stripes and placed them on top. I used flat liquorish to cut out eyes and mouth shape (and added a little white fondant for the inner eyes) and wrote B1 and B2 in bubble paint (we didn't eat that!! You can get edible paint from supermarket!).
It took me about 2 hrs to ice (plus 20mins to cut out).
INSPIRATION: Our boy loved bananas and cream cheese so for his first birthday I made a banana cake with cream cheese icing into a 1st birthday Banana in Pajamas cake. For inspiration I looked though the other Banana In Pajamas cakes made on this website (coolest-birthday-cakes.com) and took the plunge into cake making!
METHOD: I photo-copied a picture of B1 until it was the right size and used it to cut out the shape of the cake from two square tin cakes. I covered the whole cake in a crumb cover -a layer of plain colored cream cheese icing using an icing bag (helps the fondant sit smoother and is easier to apply the top layer of icing).
Covered the body with cream cheese icing dyed blue (again with an icing bag), covered the head with yellow dyed fondant (kneed in yellow food coloring and icing sugar to keep the fondant from getting sticky) and made the stripes on the pajamas, buttons and shoes from white fondant. Eyes, hands and tip of head is soft liquorice lengths either rolled out with a rolling pin (for the eyes and mouth) or covered in fondant in the appropriate colors. The letters were a last minute addition with the left over cake and fondant.
TIME: Made the cake two days before the party so in total (including cooking and looking after the baby it took me about 10 hours).
RESULT: Had less sugar and more taste than normal cakes so it all disappeared without a complaint.
I made this Bananas in Pyjamas Pinata Birthday Cake for my daughter's first birthday (as she is B in P crazy!) and it was a real hit. I first made the pinata which is B1's head out of white chocolate and yellow food colouring. Once melted, I put the chocolate in a 'Dolly Varden' tin for a great banana shape.
Once set, I molded the face/top out of modeling icing and filled it with lollies. I then made the actual cake (under his pyjamas). Considering the head/lollies was so heavy, I made a mud cake. I think a sponge would have collapsed!
I iced the cake in white buttercream and made blue stripes out of modeling icing. It was a bit neater than icing on blue stripes. Then I put on the head and added a collar, buttons and my daughter's name in the Bananas in Pyjamas style of writing and we had a great time.
What a surprise everyone at the party had when it came time to smash his head open and lollies came pouring out! Lots of fun.
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