My daughter celebrated her 3rd birthday on the 4th of July. Her favorite character is Curious George. When I checked out the local stores for a Curious George cake, all they would do is place plastic characters on an ordinary cake of your choosing - which I thought was pathetic.
I finally located a store (about 45 minutes drive away) who would actually frost Curious George but they wanted $30 for a 9x13 cake which was tres cher for my pockets! My experience in decorating cakes was limited to smearing frosting all over it and writing Happy Birthday out on it. Nevertheless I decided to give it a go.
I downloaded a George picture from pbskids.org. I traced the outline onto parchment paper. I then cut out the picture into two sections (1) the face part and (2) the head/ear part. I then mixed a little bit of brown food coloring into white fondant (purchased from our local Meijers) and mixed it thoroughly so that it had a smooth even brown color.
I rolled out the fondant into a 1/8" thick tortilla, placed the face part (1) on the tortilla and cut out the face using the pointed edge of a paring knife. I then added a little more brown food coloring to make a darker brown fondant, rolled out another tortilla, placed the head/ear part (2) on the tortilla and cut out the head portion. I then joined the head and face of the cut out fondant like a jigsaw puzzle and placed it on a 8" round previously baked and cooled chocolate cake.
I used a black frosting tube to fill in the eyes, nose and mouth and to outline the whole picture. My daughter and all our guests loved it!
My niece Summer is obsessed with Curious George. Most of her imaginative play includes the man with the yellow hat and George gets blamed for things Summer does. I used a Curious George party plate for my design of this Curious George Cake.
Cut 2 round cakes and some cupcakes into all the pieces. I used store-bought frosting and cake mix and just cut my shapes as needed. All of the writing and the black outlining on George is melted dark chocolate melted and piped on.
I used fondant for the brim of the hat and for the balloons and the eyes. It was helpful to trace the outline of things with a toothpick before piping and adding different colored icings. The hat is two cupcakes on top of each other and sculpted into the right shape.
I made this Curious George Cake with a sheet pan. The cake is marble and the frosting I used homemade buttercream. For the picture of Curious George, I found one that I liked online. After I printed it out I cut it out to use as a template.
I wanted to make the balloons look more real so I cut the sides of the cake round for the balloon shape. That way I could frost the side of the cake the same color of the balloon on the top of the cake.
The city is hand drawn. For a cake that looks so easy it took me four hours to do.
I used a 9" round cake pan with chocolate cake for this Curious George Cake. I trimmed the sides slightly to straighten it out and trimmed diagonals at the bottom sides to form the jaw. I used the trimmed off pieces for ears and his piece of hair at the top. Mixed a bit of chocolate with vanilla to make his face and ears and used chocolate frosting with a start tip for his fur.
Then I added his features with white frosting and black and red gel tubes. We also had homemade banana ice cream to go with it, yum!