1st Birthday Mickey Mouse Smash Cake

This 1st birthday Mickey Mouse smash cake was made for a close friend. I am a wife and mom of 5 teenagers and 2 dogs. My everyday life is hectic enough, but add into that the business of doing specialty cakes and my days are full, crazy and joyful in the hair pulling, count to 10 – maybe 20, glass or two bottles of occasional  red wine kind of way.

I enjoy what I do, but cannot stand to make cakes for the public. I am REALLY not a people person and you do have to be in order to make these things for the public, so I gladly keep busy doing cakes for my closest friends and family, which seems to never end.

One of my closest friends happens to be a professional photographer, and we barter. I do cakes for her clients, and in return she does professional photo shoots of my family and friends (we live in a small area, so bartering is the best). It has worked out really well, especially since I get to enjoy the cake smash sessions she captures of the wee ones loving it up.

So, today I have decided to submit the first theme smash cake I made for her, and I wanted to submit this one because although it looks like it could be a rather simple cake to put together, it was an excruciating fun experiment that I honestly never thought would turn out so well.

I have never taken classes for what I do. I do not make money on any of the cakes I make, therefore, I really don’t have a lot of the tools or experience most decorators and bakers do for their cakes… I improvise.

Mickey Mouse Smash Cake Instructions

  • This Mickey Mouse smash cake was baked in my handy dandy homemade tin foil ‘bowl’ that fell apart in the oven the first go around because I am a little dense at times in thinking ahead.
  • After spending many hours cleaning up that mess and restarting the whole project, I decided to purchase a small aluminum bowl from the dollar store, and swore to never attempt to bake in tin foil cake pans again.
  • Even though I had been using marshmallow fondant to make kids’ cakes for as long as my kids were in diapers, I had never heard of gum paste, but of course, that never stopped me.
  • I improvised on everything, including the ears on this cake,which I covered in a thin layer of marshmallow fondant over Wagon Wheel cookies,. I put skewers through them and stuck them in the cake, and it worked like a charm.
  • Piping has never been, nor ever will be my favorite thing to do. I just can’t get the hang of it. I truly despise doing it, and therefore, I literally make everything out of marshmallow fondant (or now gum paste since my discovery of it …maybe a mixture of both) including the lettering.
  • The lettering for this smash cake was done about 10 times over, as it was my first replica of a theme design. I can’t tell you how much money went into the swear jar at my home, and how many times it WASN’T me screaming ‘HEY! WATCH YOUR MOUTH’. I kept at it, and didn’t stop until I thought the lettering was perfect.

It was rewarding when I got to see pictures of the little guy picking away at it. Mom made me a card to say thanks and I have it framed on my wall to remind me that the harder I work at perfection and not giving up, the more rewarding the results.

Mrs Bobbi Jo Boyce

 

1st Birthday Mickey Mouse Smash Cake

1st Birthday Mickey Mouse Smash Cake

1st Birthday Mickey Mouse Smash Cake