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Coolest Abby Cadabby Birthday Cake 10

by Maggie V.
(Cedar Rapids, IA)

Coolest Abby Cadabby Birthday Cake

Coolest Abby Cadabby Birthday Cake

Coolest Abby Cadabby Birthday Cake
Coolest Abby Cadabby Birthday Cake
Coolest Abby Cadabby Birthday Cake
Coolest Abby Cadabby Birthday Cake

For my daughter's 2nd birthday, I knew she would love an Abby Cadabby theme party. I practiced drawing Abby's face several times on scratch paper before making the cake. I read Coolest Abby Cakes 2 and 6 for inspiration and advice.

To start my Abby Cadabby Birthday Cake, I baked the 3 round cakes using two cake mixes (1 9-inch pan, and 2 8-inch pans), then I let them cool. I cut the shape of Abby's chin into the 9-inch pan, and I shaped the 8-inch cakes into her pigtails. I placed the 3 cakes on a cutting board in the shape of Abby's face. Then I frosted all 3 cakes with buttercream frosting (I used 3 buttercream frosting containers in all), then I stuck the cutting board with the cakes into the freezer for 30 minutes so Abby's pink frosting wouldn't blend with the white frosting underneath.

Then I pulled the cakes out of the freezer. I used a toothpick to sketch Abby's face onto the buttercream frosting. Then I froze it again for another 10 minutes. After that, I used the Wilton cake tips and Wilton frosting (3 pinks, 2 reds, 1 yellow, 1 blue, 2 purples, 1 black). I started with Abby's eyes (took me about 30 mins), then her nose (5 mins), then her mouth (20 mins). I mostly used the long, thin Wilton tip for her eyelashes and the small round tip for the rest. I also used a few toothpicks to smooth out features my fingers couldn't. Then I put the pink frosting on her face. It was easier to put the pink on after I had the detail work done. I used a small circle tip to squirt on the pink frosting. With my clean finger, I just smoothed out the frosting gently, so it would smooth out (this took about 20 mins).

I froze the cake for 20 mins at this point, so the colors wouldn't blend. Then I added Abby's smile lines and freckles (15 mins). The last part of her face was her face shape line.

Then was her hair. I added her ponytail holders using a star tip. I was worried about the hair turning out, but I put dark purple on the hair first. Then I streaked pink frosting throughout and blended the pink and purple frosting together with my finger til it looked like highlights.

When I was done frosting, I wrote my daughter's name on the cutting board in frosting. I covered the Abby cake lightly in the fridge with saran wrap overnight. From beginning to end, including bake them this cake took about 5 hours. The actual decorating part took about 2 hours. We had 11 guests, and we only had one pigtail left!

My daughter loved the cake and so did my family!

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by: Maggie V.

I just wanted to add, for the aqua blue and light purple colors, I actually just used the Wilton blue & purple colors, which were darker to start with. Then I mixed a few tablespoons of the white buttercream frosting with the dark blue in a bowl to make her eyelid color. And I also mixed buttercream to lighten Abby's purple freckles and some of her hair color. I didn't know where I was going to get my colors, but mixing worked.

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