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Coolest Homemade Handy Manny’s Toolbox Cake

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 10×15 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 10×15 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.

9 thoughts on “Coolest Homemade Handy Manny’s Toolbox Cake”

  1. My son loves Manny also. I am getting ideas on how to do the cake. Your cake is really cute.

    Was it really hard to do?

    I would like to try and do something similar to what you did. If you can, give any advice – it will help me out so much. Thank you!

  2. I am trying to make this same cake right now (looking for inspiration on the web!) and we can’t find our Stretch either!! Your cake looks great…hopefully I can post mine soon. Party is in 2 days!!

  3. I wish i could come up with ideas like this on my own. I always go on line looking for ideas and always find the perfect one. I cant wait to attempt this cake for my son’s b-day.

  4. This cake is really cute! I am looking to make a cake similar to this for a friends little boy. Just a tip I have picked up, mix Gum Paste and Fondant 50/50. It will make it harder and stronger then fondant and it will be a bit easier to work with. It is really great for items you need to be stronger. It will be smoother then just gum paste. I made a Minnie mouse cake for my daughter and I used that combo for the ears.

  5. Thanks for the detail in explaining how you made the cake – I am going to give it a go this week for my son’s 3rd birthday – he loves tool boxes at he moment. Looking for all Handy Manny’s friends in our toy box as we speak.

  6. I will be making this cake for my son’s 4th birthday this weekend. We are searching for tools also. Isn’t it funny how those tools always seem to be around until you really need them.


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