My son picked a Diego theme for his 6th birthday. This particular Diego Birthday Cake was one of my easier creations thanks to a few pre-purchased toy props and a hunt through our toy box.
I started with a one-layer cake baked in a large metal roasting pan however this could probably be scaled down to a 9x13 size. I used several boxed cake mixes to fill the pan approximately 1/2 full with batter. I used buttercream frosting mixed with white canned frosting to frost the sides and river portion of the cake. I colored with a leaf green color to frost the grassy part and added mounds of "brush" with a leaf tip. I spread some blue writing gel onto the river to give it more of a watery look. Topped the cake with a Diego and Baby Jaguar toy we had and some of the animals, trees, rock and fence that came in a jungle/wild animal pack I'd purchased at Toys R Us. It's not shown in this picture but I put a numeral 6 candle just above my son's name beside Diego. He loved it!
This is my first attempt at decorating a cake, thanks to the great ideas for a Diego cake on this site.
I used a Diego Lego's activity set as inspiration. The cake was made in a 9x13 glass pan. I tinted the store bought frosting with regular food coloring. I added colored sprinkles to the grass area. The sand is crushed graham crackers.
I made the leaves for the trees and that surround the sides of the cake with meltable candy wafers, just squeezed out of a zipper bag into the shapes and cooled on wax paper. I assembled them into tree shapes after they cooled with more melted candy and added the bananas (available in bulk candy section at grocery store).
I used M&M's around the bottom of the cake for color, and to disguise my not-so-great piping job. This was a huge hit with my 2 year old, and my 5 year old. Not only did it cost less than a basic store bought cake (including the Lego set!), but my son has a great toy to play with, too.
This Diego cake was made for a person I work with. It was for her son's birthday. She gave me the Diego pan, which I thought would make my life easier. Wrong! I don't normally use character pans, I draw directly on the cake.
When I took this cake out of the pan, I didn't actually have the intentions of the details. All I ended up with was the outline of the body. So much for not drawing on the cake. I used star tips 14,16, and 18 to color in the entire body. I also used tip #1 and 2 for the areas like the badge, strap, and watch.
I iced the areas around the body with regular white buttercream icing and piped shells around the border with an additional outline for more icing. Many different colors were used.
Tinting his skin was the hardest. The color they suggest you use (copper) didn't work. I ended up mixing peach,brown,and orange to get the right color. His hair was chocolate buttercream. I outlined everything in black (chocolate buttercream with black coloring).