One of my grandson's was getting ready to celebrate his 6th birthday. He requested I make him Blue Toad for his cake. This was great fun. My grandchildren love to see if I can meet their requests, yet have to make sure they are tasty too.
I made two Dora Explorer cakes, one layer chocolate and one layer yellow. I used a little of the batter to make two mini cupcakes for the shoes, and one mini loaf pan for the arms (cut the loaf pan lengthwise to get the arms done). The blue circles are made from edible paper which can be purchased in the cake decorating aisles of many stores. Had great fun seeing this one come together nicely. My family does not care too much for fondant, so if I do use it I only do so for accents sometimes.
Almost always like to use a simple homemade butter cream icing. It works best if a little stiff, yet pliable enough to be able to push through the decorator tips. I always put a little icing on the plate I plan to put the cake on to make certain it stays in place. Seems to do the trick nicely.
Extra Tip: If you feel the arms may not stay on the cake firmly you can place a small dowel rod through the cake (mid arm area) straight through making certain you've cut the rod prior to insertion to have the correct length and avoid any hanging out from the cake. Simple to remove when cutting the cake too.
My grandson was quite pleased with the results as were the guests he had at his party. Yahoo!!!
I made this friendly Frog cake for my 4 year old grandson who is mad about frogs. It's made from two cakes, one made in a 2 liter bowl and one made in a half liter bowl.
I put the cakes together using butter cream and covered them with butter cream. I placed two round pieces of icing on the head to create the eye sockets then two sausage shapes to give the shape of the mouth. Then I covered the whole thing with icing and shaped using 4 sausage shapes to create the arms and legs.
This is a Baby Shower Frog Cake I made for my sister's baby shower. The frog, dragon fly, all the decos I sculpted from fondant. I made them about 4 days ahead so that they would dry and remain in the position I wanted.
The cake is a 3 layer vanilla and buttercream round cake covered in a thin layer of fondant. I used bright spring colors, blues, greens and yellows.