I made this Diego birthday cake for my daughter's 3rd birthday. It's just a box cake with butter cream icing. This was my first attempt at a frozen butter cream transfer. I got the cake idea from others on this website.
The trees were made with leaf tip- I just dragged it to make the tree trunk and then piped leaves all over. The transfer took much longer, probably a couple hours overall. If I do another, I'll try to pick a picture that's not so intricate. Basically, you print a b/w picture of your design and then lay a sheet of waxed paper on top. Trace the outline with black frosting and freeze for several minutes.
Then you start filling in by adding layers of color- for example, I started with Diego's hair and eyes. I found it helpful to brush the icing onto the design instead of piping. Then add another color and freeze. There were several websites with more detailed directions and some even with video. I'd definitely give this another try!
I baked three chocolate, two inch round cakes for this Diego cake. I placed one on top of another with butter cream frosting in the middle. The third cake I cut in half and stacked them together with butter cream frosting in the middle.
I inserted three wooden dowels in the bottom cake to support one half of a cake separator that I placed between the lower full circle of cake and the upper half circle of cake for additional support.
I purchased palm trees, desert grass, animals, Diego figurine, and compass from my local Cake Supply store. I covered the cake with butter cream frosting, with forest green food coloring gel. I didn't try to make the frosting smooth on the cake.
I used piping gel, with sky blue food coloring gel added, to create the waterfall effect and small candy rocks around the edge of the water. I used a grass and leaf tip for foliage.
I made this Diego cake for my son and nephews 2nd birthday, there only 3 weeks apart. I didn't want to do just a simple Diego pan cake so I got brain storming.
I made 2-9" cakes for the "grassland" (part that Diego is on), 2-8" cake for the side cakes and 1-6' cake cut in half. One for the top on the safari and the other as the ice slide on the snow side.
I trimmed the cake so it would fit snug against the middle one. I used a whipped icing (icing sugar, sour cream and whipped cream) for the whole cake just added color when needed. I purchased all the animals and other decorations from my local dollar store.
My son loves Diego so I wanted to make him a Diego Birthday Cake for his 3rd birthday. I made 2 13 by 9 cake mixes and put them together. Then made a bundt cake and put it at the end of the cake.
For the water I got piping gel and dyed it blue. For the grass I put green frosting on it and then dyed some coconut green. The raft that Diego is in was a fruit roll up that I just played around with until it looked like a raft. And I put candy rocks down by the river. My son really loved it.