My sister asked me if I could make my nephew a Batman cake for his birthday. After looking at some of the cakes on your website I got the idea of the Batman signal.
I made a Duncan Hines butter recipe yellow cake with homemade buttercream frosting. I colored parts of the icing blue, black and yellow for decorating. The overall cake was blue to look kind of like the night sky, I did the trim and the bat in black and the signal light and writing in yellow.
I designed a road out of the black and yellow and topped it off with batman on a motorcycle. It was a big hit with my nephew and the family absolutely loved it. I mixed up my buttercream frosting the day before I baked the cakes and it made it a little rough looking after I put it on the cake. So I took my spatula and dipped it in a glass of warm water (don't put the water on the cake) shook it off and used it to smooth out the top of the cake. The amount of water actually put on the cake should be kept to a minimum.
I decorated the batman signal using a star tip and piped it in after drawing it out on paper and tracing around the edges onto the cake. It took a while but it was worth the time.
This Batman cake was made for my friend's son. He wanted Batman so I couldn't figure out how to make it. I wanted something different but not to much to do and I didn't want it to look like the ones at the store, so I went to Wal-Mart and found a mask therefore when they were done with the cake he would also have a toy to remember it.
As you can see I made a little city by using some foam stickers. I used a pencil to draw on the stickers. I made little buildings and cut it out and used a razor to trace the windows out .I placed a toothpick behind it to make it stand up and I put lights behind it also to make it look like it was lights on in the building.
I kind of had a little problem with the mask to get it to stand up so I took short dowel rods and laid the mask on top of them, then I took the twist on light and placed them in the eyes to make it seem like he was looking.
I made this Batman cake while living in Japan. Large character cakes are unheard of there, and we were having a big party for my Batman fanatic.
I made two 9x13 cakes, one vanilla and one chocolate and put them next to each other. I frosted the whole cake with white Wilton buttercream icing. I reserved a little bit, which I tinted yellow and black. My husband created the Batman symbol on paper, and then we traced it onto the cake using a toothpick. It is so simple to fill in images with a star tip, which is exactly what I did.
I then made a yellow shell border along the bottom with a 21 tip. I was a little nervous to write on the cake myself because my attempts in the past didn't go so well. Later, I learned that in order to make the icing flow easily for writing, it must be thinned out a little bit with extra milk or water. Now I know, but a few years ago when I made this cake, I just had someone send me some candy letters from America.