I made this Curious George cake using a round 28cm (11 inch) cake pan, and a basic dense chocolate cake batter. I printed out the picture of George (drawn to size on the computer) and cut around it, using some of the off-cuts to construct his ears and flick of hair.
I fixed the ears with chocolate buttercream, and applied a layer to the entire cake, to fill in all the small holes and make a nice flat surface for the fondant to stick to. I then covered the entire cake in chocolate fondant (ready-to-roll icing). Once I was happy with it, I coloured some white fondant with flesh colouring, and cut out the shape of the face and ears (using the print as a guide) and applied it to the base layer using sugar glue (bought on Ebay).
Next were the eyes, using some white fondant and a small round cookie cutter. I then coloured some chocolate fondant black (using gel colouring) for the pupils (smaller round cutter) and then carefully rolled the black fondant into very thin rope to apply as an outline for the nose, mouth and ears and applied with sugar glue. This was the trickiest part of the whole process.
Definitely a labor of love but so worth it to see my son's reaction!
This Curious George cake is my 2nd fondant cake. My nephew wanted a Curious George cake for his 4th birthday. I have seen cakes made as the "big yellow hat" and I thought that would be cool as a cake topper. So that was made out of a 2 layers of a 4" pan and then shaped freehand when cooled.
The bottom 2 tiers are 2 layers each and came from the curious George theme off of the invitation card. A 7" and a 10". The banana trees were made out of gumpaste. The presents were made out of fondant, Curious George is a plastic cake topper and I bought runts to go around the middle tier. Everything was edible except Curious George and the trees.
Since I am new to decorating I was a little disappointed with the red color. It seemed forever to get it red so I kept adding black because I didn't want it pink. I added too much black and ended up with a ruby red. I would of liked a brighter red but I got it in my next cake, Spiderman cake. It just takes some practice. There was lots of cake left over.
I made this Homemade Curious George 1st Birthday Cake for a friend's son's birthday. Because I enjoy the decorating process more than the baking process, I just used a cake mix to make this cake and some cupcakes. It is frosted with buttercream frosting (confectioners sugar, milk, butter, Crisco, vanilla). I drew a Curious George onto paper, then used it to frost the cake.
To make the bananas, we were hoping to buy Runts and pull out the bananas, but my grocery store didn't have any. Instead, we bought Laffy Taffy and cut the banana ones into strips. We bent the strips so that they would be curved like bananas. When I did the lettering, I tried to make it look like sticks that had been tied together to make the lettering. I have a few Wilton tips and a piping bag that I used for the lettering, piping, and trees.
I hope that this helps you to make your Curious George cake! By the way, I am just a mom and a preschool teacher, with no art or cake training. If I can do it, you can too!