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!)
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.
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.
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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