This Cat in the Hat Cake was by far one of the most fun cakes I've ever done! I started out by lightly tracing a 9x13 & 8" round pan on a large piece of paper (9x13 for the hat and the 8" for the head). I then hand sketched the hat outline on the 9x13 area of the paper and the head on the 8" area of the paper. When I was done- I could clearly see how the cake was going to look and be formed before the cakes were even made.
I cut out the 'cat' forms and after the cakes were baked/cooled I laid the paper on top of the cakes and cut out the shapes. I used the extra pieces of the 9x13 cake to form the bow. I used an easy accent decorator to frost the red stripes on the hat first and then added the white.
I used a black tube of frosting to 'draw' the faces/ears on and black licorice strings for the whiskers. It was a long cake, so I put it on a piece of glass that sat on top of a light blue tissue paper covered cutting board (I bought a cheap 16x24 picture frame to get the piece of glass). I then used the black tube of frosting to draw the fish bowl and filled the fish in with a small tube of orange gel.
My daughter and all the guests could not stop smiling and commenting on how cute it was, everyone of all ages knows THE CAT! If you have the book, get it out and see how easy it is to 'draw' this cake!
For this Dr. Seuss cake, used a full cake sheet and filled it with three cake boxes of batter. I made the cake red velvet so it would be a fun color when it was cut.
The longest part was making all of the different colors of frosting - red, yellow, blue, purple, and black, and changing the tips. I haven't used many of the tips before so I had to practice on the side right before I frosted with each tip. I am a novice with cake decorating.
I frosted the cake white. Next, I used the tip for basket weaving and put a yellow strip across the bottom edge of the cake. I used another tip to put blue shells around the edge of the bottom of the cake. Next, I used red icing and zigz-zagged the edging on the top of the cake. Stars were added around the edge of the cake.
I took a picture of The Cat in the Hat juggling on a ball and cut it out precisely on the lines. I gently laid it on the cake and used a toothpick to etch the shape onto the cake. I then filled the shape with white icing so the images would not be flat. I then outlined and added detail to the cat. I did the same with Thing 1. I made two trees and used the leaf tip. I finally added the writing, which I've never done before and I almost ran out of room. You can do this with any shapes and characters.