This Barney cake was a group effort for my son`s second birthday on 19th October 2009. He loves Barney and we decided that we were going to give it our best shot.
We baked a large chocolate cake in two rounds and sandwiched them together with apricot jam. We then iced the cake with a thin layer of lovely Ballymaloe chocolate icing. Without a light background, Barney would not stand out so well so we decided to roll out white icing to cover the cake and then cut out all the coloured shapes as a jigsaw-type stencil.
It was really tricky to get the outlines traced through baking parchment and, once cut, the icing stretched out of shape very easily, making it difficult to line the picture up. We eventually got everything lined up and then piped black icing, through a fine nozzle, as the main outline.
The toenails were yellow Smarties, cut in half with the same craft knife we used to cut the outlines of coloured icing.
We were happy with the way it turned out and really thought it was worth the two and a half hours of icing! This was the first cake of its kind that we had ever attempted and we were really happy with the outcome. I look forward to all the other cake challenges for our two sons and would like to say a special thanks to Brennans Cookshop, Co. Cork, Ireland. We asked them loads of questions and must have been a real pain, sorry !
My daughter was crazy about Barney so I decided to make her a Barney the Dinosaur cake for her 3rd birthday. I used 2 boxes of Moist Orange Cake Packet Mix and made a large rectangle cake in the roasting pan.
For the Barney shape I enlarged a picture out of one of her story books and copied it onto the cake using a toothpick to outline my shape. I made up 2 quantities of buttercream icing as per the recipe in the Australian Womens Weekly cake book. Then I split it up and coloured it purple and green, and a tiny little bit I left white.
I iced Barney in purple and green icing and used licorice straps which I cut thinly to outline him in black. For his yellow toenails I cut jellybeans in half. For Barney's eyes I used 2 white M & M's and white icing for his mouth - this I had a bit of trouble with in such a small space and it ended up getting a bit smudged.
As this was my first attempt at icing a picture on a bigger cake I found it very time consuming, but I was pleased with the end product and my daughter and her friends loved it.
The one thing I did wrong was I should have had the green coloured icing on the outside of the cake a much lighter shade than what it was, but I was still pleased with the end result.
I made this cake for my daughter's 2nd birthday...It's been four months, and she still talks about it and thanks me! I made it a 2 tier, one white confetti, and one chocolate. The characters, the number two, and flowers were made out of sugar cookies, which I hand cut from the dough, baked, and then added the icing. I did the main colors first, then added the details with the outlines. This was the hardest part, because the outlines had to be very thin lines, and I was using those gel icings, because I couldn't find black coloring.. I used the star tip for the cake icing, and the extra coordinating colors around the layers added a lot! The icing was just basic buttercream. I used Wilton food coloring, and the light purple was the same as the dark, just with less coloring. No one seems to carry any Barney decorations anymore, so I added the flowers (some of which were off by the time I took this pic!) to coordinate with the flower decorations that I used.