This cake was for our friends 3yr old son. I make baked square bas for the bottom and the ball form for the moon. The fun challenge with this cake was that there is a nut and soy allergy in the family - no shortening or oil. I did it and it tasted pretty good. It was a true buttercream frosting. I was kind of nervous on how the frosting was going to hold up. But it did well.
The color was simple - navy blue for bottom and grey for the moon. Saved some white for the lettering. I dusted the bottom and moon with silver dusting. It didn't show up too well in the pictures, but it was fun to have it sparkle like stars.
I made the stars out of the same material as I used to cover the cake boards and glued them on wires.
I decided to make a Toy Story inspired cake as Woody and Buzz are currently my 3 year old's favorite characters (it changes every year!). I received the inspiration from this website and decided to do something I never tried before in my life, frozen butter cream transfer(FBCT). I really wanted to get it right the first time.
So I watched couple of youtube videos and did the butter cream transfer 3 days before the event. I made two white chocolate mud cakes the day before and layered them using chocolate ganache and bit of soft butter cream. It helped to gel the two layers. The fondant was homemade too. Transferring frosting turned out to be tricky as it has to be done really really fast with much care.
But the end result was worth it. My son loved this Buzz Cake!
My son loves Buzz Lightyear, and I decided to tackle making his second birthday party cake. I used fondant, and Wilton's ready to go marshmallow icing in a bucket. It can be found at Wal-Mart at a better price than most craft stores.
I baked four 9 x 13 cakes and double stacked them. I used Wilton icing gel colors, black, violet, red, lime green, and light blue. I used rice paper to trace a picture of Buzz onto it, and proceeded to fill in the colors to make up buzz.
I used fondant to make the stars, earth and Buzz. I did him standing on the moon with earth in the background, and used yellow fondant starts as my cake border.
The prep was the longest part, but actually putting it together was the best fun, and my son loved it!
This Buzz Lightyear Cake was for my son's (1 of twins) 4th birthday. Baking, building and icing the cakes are a huge effort between me (artist) and my husband (in construction)!
I used two 25cm ring cake pans and a big Pyrex glass bowl (test-bake this part beforehand if you are using a big bowl) for the space mobile. Nigella has a delicious buttermilk cake recipe which holds very well. I always use gel or powder colouring. The colours are much more vibrant. I like printing and laminating parts of the cakes like in this case, the fins of the space mobile.
I also always design and print the background, laminate it and stick it to a thick board.
To make this homemade Buzz Lightyear cake I copied a coloring page (I got it blown up and than traced him out on top of the cake). I also bought a 12X12 pan - it took two batches of cake mix. I iced it and than covered it with all different color fondants.