I am a born procrastinator, but occasionally, it works for me. I printed out a George mask and after frosting the cake yellow, I poked thumbtacks carefully through the printed out sheet following the lines like a connect the dots. I then carefully held the sheet over the frosted cake and laid it down to where the tacks were holding up the sheet.
After removing the sheet I then had a "connect the dots" to work with. I lined it with black frosting with a small hole tip. I filled in the brown and light brown colors with the same tip by squeezing each line right next to the other. To get it smooth, I used a potter tool. It helps to wet the tool in water before and leave it kinda damp so the frosting doesn't stick to it. Don't worry, the icing will dry up later.
My technique was to gently tap the icing in the corners and occasionally spread out the icing in the wider spaces. I used the same technique to do the eyes by squeezing on dots and squishing them flat with the tool.
Everyone commented on the cake. I guess I work well under pressure.
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This forum gave me the confidence to make these Curious George birthday cakes for my twins.
There is no pan to work from so I rented a 12" x 1"2 cake pan and used two boxes of cake mix for each cake. Once the cakes had cooled, I froze them for a day to make the cutting of the face shapes easier.
Once frozen, I took my template and placed it on the top of each cake and started cutting. To get the facial features correct, I took a skewer and poked through the template onto the cake; this is a similar process to transfering an image onto a pumpkin. This worked really well.
Next, we did all the black outlines along the poke marks with icing, which made it easy for decorating.
My sister helped ice the cakes, which took about six hours in total since we put litte rosebuds all over the cakes. The effort really paid off and I was very proud at how they turned out.
Good Luck and have FUN!
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My daughter is FASCINATED with Curious George, and after spending a couple of months looking for one to buy without any luck, decided to make my own.
I used an 8 inch round for the head, a 9X13 for the body (and cut off diagonal pieces for shoulders and used them to piece together the neck). I used two cupcakes for his ears. I just used Betty Crocker brown frosting for the head and mixed in some white with it to get the lighter color brown for the face and I used white frosting and added lots or red food coloring to make the body.
Then used a little bit of yellow coloring to do the writing. I used brown smarties for the eyes! For those who don't have a proper accessory for writing with frosting (like I don't) I took some little sandwich baggies and put the frosting in, cut a small snip in one corner and used that to write. Just don't squeeze it too hard!