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Coolest Handy Manny Tool Box Cake 20

by Pam S.
(Kitchener, Ontario, Canada)

Homemade Handy Manny Tool Box Cake

Homemade Handy Manny Tool Box Cake

This Handy Manny Tool Box Cake was done for my son's 2nd birthday. He LOVES Handy Manny, so I was feeling brave and gave it a shot. The cake was strawberry-yogurt cake, frosted first with a thin layer of buttercream and then topped with marshmallow fondant. All of the characters were made completely of marshmallow fondant, which shaped up really nicely (the tall standing characters were formed around wooden bbq skewers, to stand in the cake once finished). I later learned that marshmallow fondant shouldn't be kept in the refrigerator, which is why the cake looks so shiny and some of the black coloring I had painted on, started running (marshmallow fondant seems to "sweat" in the fridge.)

The handle of the tool box was made of rice krispie treats that I covered in fondant as well. My son loved it, and the kids all fought over who got to eat which character (though none could finish them since they were pure icing!)

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Coolest Handy Manny Birthday Cake 9

by Julie
(Sparta, Tn)

Homemade Handy Manny Birthday Cake

Homemade Handy Manny Birthday Cake

I baked a sheet cake and covered it in white icing for this Homemade Handy Manny Birthday Cake. I traced Handy Manny out of a coloring book onto wax paper. I laid the wax paper down on the cake and used it as my guide to decorating Handy Manny. I read that you could use rice paper and it would dissolve in the icing and you can eat it. We just ate around Handy Manny since he was on wax paper.

I put graham crackers around the edge on the top. I put three dots of chocolate icing in between each cracker to look like nails on boards. I also used chocolate icing to make nails in the corners and edges of the cake.

I'm not sure where you can buy rice paper but I will be looking for it so I will have it next time.

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Image transfer
by: Anonymous

You can also use piping gel to trace the image from the color book page onto the wax paper then transfer the piping gel on the cake and outline/fill in with frosting.

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Coolest Handy Manny Toolbox Cake 6

by Brenda H.
(Ottawa, ON Canada)

Homemade Handy Manny Toolbox Cake

Homemade Handy Manny Toolbox Cake

My son requested a Handy Manny Toolbox cake for his latest birthday and so I attempted it.

I made two 11x15 cakes, cut them in half and stacked three of the halves to make the rectangle box. I then iced the three layers together with buttercream icing. The handle was made out of rice krispie squares (which were also iced in the buttercream and were not easy to do!) and a red plastic pipe.

My son had received the Manny and tool figurines at Christmas, so I used them on the top of the cake.

This was definitely one of the easier character cakes I have created.

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by: Anonymous

How creative! You did an amazing job. Thanks for sharing

what a reat idea!
by: Anonymous

my son too loves Handy Manny and the tools, so for his 2nd birthday coming up you have given me the inspiration to try to make his cake myself and I will be using this layout....

by: Anonymous

great idea! I will be using this as well :) first cake I am making for son's birthday!

by: Emma

This is the best cake I have ever seen!! My son will three on next birthday so I am trying to find someone to make it for me. Well done!!

Awesome Cake
by: Karen

That is an awesome cake, so creative.

by: andrea

Where did you get the red pipe? How long does it need to be? This is such a great cake!

find the toppers?
by: Anonymous

where can we find the toppers at?

by: Meaghan

How cute is this cake? My two year old has a birthday coming up and I have been looking for inspiration for a cake and I just found it. He loves Handy Manny!! So I know that he will love this cake. Thanks for the idea.

Cake Toppers
by: andrea

I think you can get the toppers at Walmart/Target and I saw them on eBay. I am making the cake on Wed, I will let you know how it goes. I am having a hard time finding a red pipe. I found a white one but I really don't want to paint it. Does anyone have any ideas?

by: fee

you could get a white pipe, and put icing on it too

Handy Manny tool box cake
by: Anonymous

This cake is fabulous! Thank you for the inspiration for my son's 4th b-day cake!

Thank you thank you thank you
by: Georgie

I desperately needed inspiration for my daughter's 3rd birthday party tomorrow and I found this and emulated it.

I couldn't find any tubing though so cellotaped a couple of chopsticks together and then rolled that in red royal icing.

It is a great idea because then they have the characters to play with after (if like me you bought them for the cake)

Red Icining
by: Raymond

I am making this cake for my 3 year old son's birthday party. I am having a hard time getting the icing red enough. Any one have any suggestions?

cute cake/red coloring
by: Anonymous

americolor red icing--hands down, best red.

by: Anonymous

you can wrap a white pipe with pen candy string may need icing to hold them on the pipe. Also may want to put it in the freezer, for as long as possible, to set.

suggestions and tips
by: Elijah's Mom

I loved this idea, so I adapted it and made my own toolbox cake for my son's 3rd birthday this past weekend. The toys can be bought at the Disney Store or for $12.50. I used Americolor Red Red to color the icing (Wilton's butter cream recipe). You get a nice red color without the bitter taste. Remember that the icing will dry darker than it appears when you first mix it. I used a 9x13 pan and cut it in half longways and then trimmed about 2 inches off each piece to use as the side supports. You get a smaller cake this way, but it was plenty big enough for the 15 people I fed, and we have leftovers. Use a bamboo skewer to hold each support as you ice it and then push the skewer all the way through the support and the main cake to attach it. I could not find red pipe or tubing to use as a handle, so I finally settled on red construction paper! Put a skewer between the two supports and loosely wrap a strip of construction paper around it and secure with tape. You can only get about 3 of the character pieces on the cake, so I just put the rest around the front of the cake. I actually added a wide stripe of brown icing around the cake to make it look like it was sitting on wood, and I placed the toys on that. I also used the "Happy Birthday" icing candies on the front of the cake. I hope this helps anyone else trying to duplicate this cute cake!

by: Anonymous

That is great and looks so easy!

Love it
by: Christina

I'm doing my daughter's 6th birthday next month and I really wanted a toolbox cake and couldn't figure out how to do one thanks for the great idea.

by: Anonymous

Cake was awesome! Copied off your idea and wish I would of read your comment on how to make the shape! We ended up using 4 load pans! and stacked two on top of each other! I had 17 people to feed! Thanks for the idea!

Great Idea!!
by: Anonymous

I made this cake for my twin boys 2nd birthday! It was great! For the handle, I used a wooden dowel and painted it bright red! It was the easiest thing to use! What a great idea, thanks for posting.

love it!
by: Anonymous

Hi there, great cake! Could you tell me where I can find the figurines?

awsome cake
by: Anonymous

I'm about to attempt this cake tomorrow for my son's first birthday, cant wait to start it. I have to make a huge one as there are so many adults and kiddies coming, wish me luck xox

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Cool Cake!!
by: Anonymous

Hey, my nephews 1st Birthday is coming up and he loves Handy Manny. I needed ideas on how to do his cake that his mother (my sister)asked me to do for his party. Thanks for the help!

We did come up with using Rice Krispy Treats for the side panel and then using fondant to keep it tacked onto the cake. We got a large doll rod for the handle and will be covering it with fondant. The rest of the cake will be regular white cake, with fondant.

I was wondering about what to put it on, one of the others who made a comment, gave the idea of a board to look like a piece of wood, Fabulous idea. Thanks to all!!

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Coolest Handy Manny's Toolbox Cake 11

by Nicole B.
(Houston, TX)

Homemade Handy Manny's Toolbox Cake

Homemade Handy Manny's Toolbox Cake

This Handy Manny's Toolbox Cake was for my son's 2nd birthday in 2009. I used a 9x13 cake base and created the sides from red poster board and painted dowel rods to secure it. The characters are individually shaped sugar cookies (shaped before baking) and iced with regular frosting, using a #3 round tip to outline.

Unfortunately, I learned the hard way that the cookies soften overnight and we had to attach them to wax paper wrapped foam core to keep them sturdy. My son loved it though and grabbed a cookie before even tasting the cake!

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Nice cake
by: Anonymous

This cake looks great! I'm going to make it for my son's 2nd Birthday. How long did it take you?

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