My son was in a Handy Manny phase when he turned 2, so the theme of the cake was easy. I shopped the web for ideas and came up with this version of Manny's toolbox for my son's cake.
I baked a 10x15 inch cake (vanilla) for the bottom, which I cut to look like the wood sign for Manny's shop. I covered it in homemade buttercream tinted a soft yellow. Then I tinted piping gel brown, and streaked it through the buttercream to make it look like the wood grain. I piped big dots in the corners and made them look like screws and nails.
For the toolbox, I baked another 10x15 inch cake (chocolate) and cut it into three equal pieces. I stacked and filled it with cookies & cream filling (YUM!), then frosted it with red buttercream. For the handle, I cut and shaped cereal treats to look like the sides (first time doing that) and used a plastic column for the actual handle. I covered the cereal treats with royal icing to get them to be hard enough to hold the handle (thank you cake shows). I used gum paste (another first) to cover the cereal treats and handle. The gum paste was very stretchy and didn't smooth out well at all, and I know fondant would have been a better choice.
I used my son's toys to accent the toolbox, but you'll notice stretch is missing (we found her later). This homemade Handy Manny cake was fun and turned out very cute.
I got this idea from another picture that was on here, but did mine a little different. I lined the outside of the cake but only on the top with graham crackers, than between the cracks of the crackers i made three dots with decorating chocolate frosting, as we all know chocolate melts so I'm sure it'll eventually be just a line but oh well. I than than took the tools from the handy Manny tool box sex and just stuck them into the cake. I also took handy and the lady from a different set of handy Manny figurines and stuck them in as well. I than again with the chocolate frosting decor, made nails, which im sure wont look like nails when its time to eat but they do now.
I made this cake for my Manny mad 2 yr old. Printed off pic from web and enlarged. Basic sponge cake , 2*6" square cakes, trimmed about an inch off each and put together. Covered with butter icing, light brown. Added a line of dark brown colouring around edge with a brush. Traced pic of manny on to ready made roll out icing and cut out. Scored lines with sharp knife then painted with food colouring. Piped on nose and mouth lines and added nail, screws and bolt cut out of icing and painted.