As the child of two teachers, reading has always been important to me. For Read Across America Day (aka Dr. Seuss's birthday) I made these cakes for my mom's 4th grade class (my daughter is now in middle school and wasn't interested in something this year!)
The Cat in the Hat hat was made of 8 inch round cakes in white cake and red velvet cake with cream cheese frosting. The red didn't turn out as red as I would have liked without getting that food dye taste so I added some red sugar to the top of the cake. Next time I'd add some support dowels or rods to it because it definitely started to sag.
Thing 1 & 2 are cupcakes with blue dyed icing and blue cotton candy on top. The Sneeches cupcakes are yellow dyed icing with green stars for those with and none for those without.
The ham is a green dyed white cake (the cake is green as well) made in a loaf pan and carved. A little black icing for that Dr. Seuss cartoon look and a half of a marshmallow for the bone. The eggs are made of melted candy melt in white and green.
Finally, the fish are just Swedish fish and blue gummy sharks. I put it all together on 2 foam boards taped together and added a happy birthday sign and a Read Across America poem. I'm definitely no expert at this but it was fun to make and the kids loved it.
I made this Dr. Seuss 1st Birthday Cake Design for my nephew's 7th birthday. This was only the third time I worked with fondant so I'm pretty happy with how it turned out.
The books are two 13 x 9 funfetti cakes. I used two boxes for each cake. I covered them separately and then stacked them. I iced the "pages" after stacked. I hand painted the cover of the book using gel coloring mixed with water. The tiers are 10, 8, and 6 in. Two cakes per tier. I added pudding and extra eggs to the cakes to make them a little more dense so they will hold up to the carving and moving. I was worried about this making them dry, but they tasted very good.
I also froze the cakes before carving. I used three batches of homemade MM fondant and two batches of hm buttercream icing (with plenty left over). Polka dots are gumpaste. Green eggs and ham are fondant. The cake was a huge hit!
Tips (I learned the hard way): Use plenty of cornstarch when rolling your fondant so it doesn't stick. Use a dry brush to brush it off after on your cake. Once you place the fondant on the cake don't put it back in the fridge. When you take it out the change in temp will cause it to sweat. If you make your icing ahead of time, make sure you mix it again before you use it or it will be runny.
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I made this Dr. Seuss Cake Birthday Cake for my son's 7th birthday. For the first time, I made fondant from scratch, and it came out great - good texture and good taste.
For decoration, I cut small pieces of white fondant, rolled it and the drew a Cat in the hat with food color. I used toothpicks to draw. Thing 1 and Things2 on the top of the cake are made out of fondant.
My son loved this cake and he was very excited to share this cake with his friends.