This Uniqua cake was extremely easy and fun. We used a round cake pan for Uniqua’s head. After the cake had cooled we placed it in the freezer to make it easier to handle. Add a drop or two of red food coloring to vanilla icing to make Uniqua’s light pink color. Ice the cake (use a knife and dip it into a glass of hot water to make it easier to spread the icing) then pop it back into the freezer until the icing is stiff.
Then use more red food coloring to make Uniqua’s dark pink spots. Pipe the outline of the spots with the line tip then fill with icing and spread evenly with said knife. We used two Arrowroot cookies for her eyes which I shaped with scissors dipped in vanilla icing that we microwaved to a runny consistency. Then cut the bottoms off of two black Jube Jubes and use the flat bottoms for Uniqua’s pupils. We used the pull-apart red licorice for her mouth and antennae. Run the licorice under warm water to make it easier to shape. And there you have it! Uniqua!
Cake by Caron R., Lavonia, GA
This is my first homemade birthday cake. I have not made many cakes at all, in fact this Uniqua cake is the first cake I have done using layers and also my first time using fondant! I had so much fun making it and for a cake full of firsts I was really pleased with it. My daughter loved it and that’s what mattered most to me!
My daughter wanted a Backyardigans theme for her 3rd birthday, so I made her a Uniqua cake. After searching the internet for a Backyardigans birthday cake I was unsuccessful (except for the recipe on Nick Jr. which sounded far too difficult and expensive.)
I didn’t have any templates or patterns. I just had her stuffed critters as my patterns.
For Uniqua I had one round cake as her face and I cut out two antennae from one of the other cakes (“spare cake” using the outside edges as my curve). I needed a lighter pink, a fushia color red (mouth), white and black (eyes). The lighter pink was my base color and added the fushia spots.
I used a tip for all of the detail work but I don’t know what number (I am a teacher not a cake decorator… I just do this for my daughters). My tips: Freeze the cakes before working with them to make frosting them easier and make a paper pattern before cutting the “spare” cake.
Uniqua from “The Backyardigans” is a favorite with many little girls in the 3-5 age range. I looked around the Internet for a Uniqua cake idea and finally downloaded a coloring page. I cut out the figure and “toothpick-traced” around it. Outline trace in where your polka dots will be and fill in with light and dark shades of pink.
Using stars was easier and gave some dimension without making her look like her polka dots were layered on. Re-outline to really define features.
I made this Uniqua cake for a friend’s daughters party. She loved The Backyardigans, mainly Uniqua. So I searched the internet for a picture of just her and printed it off and used it as a template.
I made a flat sheet cake and butter cream icing. Then I just traced her on the cake and colored her in.