I used a 10" round cake pan, which holds one cake mix/recipe. It was a basic yellow cake, decorated with white buttercream frosting. For the top of the cake, I used a star - shaped cookie cutter to give the star outlines, which I filled in with aqua colored stars, and then I added the letters H, S, and M. The cake top was a musical key chain. Since I didn't want to get frosting in it, I tried to figure out a way to put it on the cake with out sticking it into the frosting. I finally used scrunched up aluminum foil to go between the frosting and the cake topper. The bottom of the cake was bordered in aqua, and then I used spray on color on the sides of the cake. Then I put on the white border around the top. The aqua "dots" are actually oversized cake decorations (come in a jar - Wilton). Easy, but she loved it!! And she got to keep the topper.
I made this High School Musical cake recently for my daughter's 6th birthday. I started with a half sheet for the base and made a one layer (use a box mix for cupcakes) 8 inch round. The megaphone was made from the smaller cake and I iced it in red then made the dimension with black icing.
Around the edge I placed pictures of the characters that came in a bag of table confetti. I just turned it into cake decorations! The rest was just done with icing.
I do this as a business from my house and have a learned some tricks. One of them is when making red, black, or any other deep color icing, make it ahead of time and let it sit, even overnight. This will allow the color to deepen to what you want.
The High School Musical Cake is a Madeira, simple square cut into three slices, one filled with jam the other with vanilla buttercream. Cover the cake with buttercream before the icing is used.
Print out a picture to make into a silhouette for your feature picture, laminate it then cut it out to use as a stencil, be careful not to press too hard when cutting the icing! After you have laid the silhouette on the cake, paint it with black food colouring to give it a shine.
The curtains should be put on after. The numbers where cut with a scalpel by hand though you can buy stencils. Make sure the icing is nice and thick to give a better shape.
This is a very simple HSM Birthday Cake for a huge fan. I saw this idea on this site so thank you very much to Karin from OH! I used this idea because it didn't involve any pictures of the characters, who would have been very difficult to make look human!
Just a buttercream transfer of the logo in yellow with white dots for light bulbs, then music notes and stars drawn in leftover white and yellow. Didn't bother with a border because the stars and notes covered the sides too.
My daughter wanted a High School Musical cake for her 5th birthday but wanted all the characters on the cake. I found a picture from the movie in one of her sticker books and wrote a note on it, then laminated it.
The rest of the cake is just a 9 x 12 cake that was frosted and then tinted red. I used a star tip to outline the yellow HSM letters, than use a white dot of frosting inside the letters to replicate the light bulbs. She loved it!