I like to bake but do not know how to decorate. I tried decorating for the first time when I made a pull-apart tortoise cake for my son's 2nd birthday last year, and I must say it turned out quite nicely but the glaze icing was way to sweet (I had no idea about the types of icing!). This year he wanted Homemade Frog Birthday Cupcakes. I have seen some frog cupcakes online and they seem quite easy so I made him some.
I baked chocolate cupcakes using Pillsbury cake mix. I think the oven was too hot and the insides of the cupcakes spilled out like lava. I was quite dismayed that I had uneven surfaced cupcakes with one side higher than the other, but it ended well as the higher part was used as the 'forehead' and gave the frogs a nice rounded look. I tried buttercream icing this time (definitely better than glaze! less sweet!). The eyes are marshmallows cut into halves, with M&M chocolates for the pupils. Piped the pink mouths onto them, crooked but will do. I had a friend helping me with the icing, she was a lifesaver as I had limited time.
The cakes were personalized with my son's name where I cut out the letters from coloured art paper and taped them on to toothpicks. I think this was a good idea coz if I had piped the letters it would have been quite crooked! Besides, this adds to the 3-D effects of the cakes along with the stars.
My son was thrilled to see the finished frogs, and I would definitely continue making my kids' birthday cakes with love (for as long as they want me to! :p ) and brush up on my cake deco skills along the way!
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I made this Frog Birthday Cake for my daughter's 4th birthday. I was inspired by a combination of other cakes on Coolest-birthday-cakes. I wanted to make the frog look similar to a giant frog balloon we ordered for her party, so that's where I actually came up with the frog's "look".
The actual frog is a sheet cake cut into somewhat of a triangle with rounded edges for the body and also the legs and arms are cut from the same sheet cake as the body and pieced together on top of the cake. The eyes are 2 mini cupcakes with white icing. I dipped my knife in milk several times as I iced the frog and the eyes, to smooth it out and give the frog a "wet" look.
The bottom layer is just a quarter sheet cake iced with a homemade mock whipped icing I also found on the internet. I made it look wavy and put swirls around the frog's arms and feet to make it look like she was swimming in a pond, also adding lillypads, a butterfly and dragonfly made out of a combination of gum paste and fondant. The eyes are just piped big blue dots for the eye color & a smaller black dot for the pupil.
My husband came up with the idea for the tongue, which I think turned out super cute and added something unique to the cake! The tongue is made out of fondant I cut and dried into that wavy shape and used sugar/water mixed into paste to attach the dragonfly to the tongue and let it dry for several hours before attaching it to the frog.