I made this Curious George cake for our niece Hayden’s first birthday party. I used a few of the ideas from this very website and designed my own version.
The hat is made from two 6” round cakes stacked with one-half of a sports ball pan on top. The base of the hat is two cardboard rounds covered in fondant. Between the base and the hat I put a basic fondant rope to cover the seam.
“George” is made from pieces of a sheet cake that I cut free handed with one-half of a sports call pan for his head and another for his tummy. George is covered in buttercream. The ears were a little bit of a challenge but a few wooden skewers solved that nicely. I also skewered his head to his hat just to make sure it didn’t go anywhere.
If I did it again I would frost the head, let it dry, and then assemble it – as it was here the back of the head was very hard to frost once it was on the body and hat.
I made this cake from ideas on the coolest birthday cakes website. I use two boxed cake mixes since they didn't rise much. I iced two rectangular cakes with buttercream icing using clear vanilla for the white look and chocolate buttercream between the cakes.
I used a toothpick to scratch on the outline of George from a "how to draw George" on the PBSkids website. Then I piped him on and filled in with chocolate buttercream frosting. To make his face coloring, I crushed a few graham crackers and very carefully distributed it on the cake with a 1/4 teaspoon and moved it around with a toothpick to make a very thin layer. It didn't take as long as you would think, I am happy to report. My 4 year old son loved it.