Saturday, July 10, 2010

Minnie Mouse cake

minnie mouse cake

Minnie Mouse birthday cake for little Amanda


Apart from being a designer, I am a baker. I've been baking since I was 3 years old (with the help of my mother of course). I became interested in cake design a couple of years ago and decided to give fondant cakes a whirl. I've never taken a class but I am a perfectionist, and I ALWAYS figure out how to make things look perfect (even if that means working on something for days).

Now that i have my own blog i will take photos of the process that I go through in designing these cakes, that way you can try too! Its not as hard as it looks.

When it comes to fondant, I prefer to buy pre-made. I think its because I'm lazy! Also, when I'm baking for a job, there is a time limit so I don't have time to mess up. My favorite fondant to work with is Satin Ice. The flavor is FAR superior to anything Wilton has out. Most of the time, fondant is just for "pretty" and not for its flavor. Satin Ice almost has a marshmallow-y taste. If you do buy Wilton (available at Michaels and Walmart), I suggest adding flavoring to it.

Nobody has to know you didn't make it from scratch (which i have done by the way...tedious!)

Now on to this cake! I only had white fondant in the house when I got this Minnie Mouse job. You know what that means! Kneading coloring into the fondant, ugh. I HATE doing this, again I'm lazy! ;) Usually I force my boyfriend (hi Pablo!)to do so. His hands are a lot stronger than mine so he gets the job done A LOT faster. Unfortunately, he was not available and I had to do all of the hard work myself.

Here's a link for adding color to fondant. Its from Wilton's site (didn't I just diss their product 2 seconds ago?? Oops!) - http://www.wilton.com/decorating/fondant/coloring-fondant.cfm

Pre-made fondant is easy to use, take it out of the bucket and roll it out! It really is that easy. I use powdered sugar to avoid the fondant sticking to my work surface. Once the fondant is transferred to the smoothly iced cake, I use my fondant smoother (google it, epic tool!) to smooth out any bumps. All that's left is decorating!

I rolled out white fondant and cut out some polka dots (just like Minnie's dress). I made the ears out of melted chocolate. I poured it on some wax paper and sprinkled black sugar. Next placed the chocolate discs into the fridge to harden. I wrapped ribbon around the base of the cakes because I had some boo boos, but guess what? Nobody can tell so don't stress boo boos, they can always be covered.

When it comes to the cupcakes i dipped the iced cupcakes into hot pink sugar and used chocolate pieces (the kind you use to make chocolate lollipops). They are the perfect size for making Minnie's silhouette.

Next time i PROMISE to have step by step photos. Hope you enjoyed my first mess of a post haha :)


featured again! :)

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33 comments:

  1. Your cake is adorable and welcome to blogging.

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  2. Thanks for linking up at TAke-A-Look Tuesday - I featured you today!
    Mandy, www.craftedition.blogspot.com

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  3. Thanks Joyce :)

    and thank you so much Mandy for featuring me :)

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  4. very cute!! I'm your newest follower! Stop by some time!

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  5. Oh my gosh, this is amazing!!! I'm planning a Mickey Mouse birthday for my little one's first birthday this August. This cake is just too, too sweet!

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  6. Cute! I made a mickey mouse cake similar to this one last year! I'd love it if you'd link up to my topsy turvy link party tomorrow! http://imtopsyturvy.com

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  7. thank you everyone :)

    Ashlee, i will definitely link up tomorrow, thanks for letting me know :)

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  8. I love it! My daughters would love it! It's FAB <3

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  9. This cake is awesome. My daughter is obsessed with minnie. Thanks for sharing such a great post!

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  10. Oh my gosh, That cake is so adorable(: I love it! My mama told me about this blog and i'm glad i looked it up. Is there any way you can tell me how you started as a baker? I'm 15 and my dream is to own my own bakery. Please and Thank you(: Oh, my names Rachel(:

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  11. hey rachel!

    I grew up baking, i started when i was 8. My great aunt bought me a kids baking book and i was hooked ever since :)

    You might want to look into taking some cake making classes, i know micheals has some on the weekends. The more you make cakes, the better they turn out :) practice makes perfect.

    look up recipes online and just try them out, maybe make something once a weekend or every other weekend :)

    i've never been scared to try, that's the key. i personally have never taken any kind of baking or decorating class. i just see things and i try them out myself. if it comes out horrible i laugh and say maybe next time ;)

    but definitely look into some classes and you can always go to a culinary college and specialize in pastries after high school. i'm sure you'll be a great baker in no time :)

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  12. Okay, Thank you very much! (:
    -Rachel(:

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  13. Oh my goodness! That cake is both cute & chic! :> I need to keep this in mind for good friend who is obsessed with Mickey. I've hopped my way here from I Made It on Everything Etsy. Also noticed that you are new to blogland...Welcome!! Its a fabulous place & I so enjoy it! :>

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  14. I am adding this to my favs as well. You are one creative gal, please go over and check out the DIYClubinc.com our next xompetition starts Thursday night. Check out all of our sponsors and if you have used any of them you can enter projects.

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  15. I love this cake would love to try it out!! YOu got the directions yet? What size cake pans did u use? I think I'm gonna try using strawberry frosting then add the white polka dots & try to make the ears like u did. If you can give me any other tips & info that would be great. Thanks my email is jlb1276@sbcglobal.net!!

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  16. How many people does this cake feed? i would love to try to make this cake for my daughters first birthday.

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  17. Love love love the Minnie Mouse cake and cupcakes! I love how you did the cupcakes, simple yet they look great! I may have to try those!

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  18. beautiful work! i am looking for ideas for my little girl. she will be 3 and LOVES minnie mouse.

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  19. Love your Minnie Mouse cake! I'm using it as an example to make my own tomorrow. I just wanted to tell you that this marshmallow fondant is EASY and CHEAP! I've been making my own fondant for two years now and it is BY FAR easier to work with than store bought. If it gets hard to work with, just microwave for 7-8 seconds and it's soft again! Here is the recipe link: http://allrecipes.com/recipe/marshmallow-fondant/

    I usually don't refrigerate it before working with it, I just make it fresh after I've frosted my cakes. Just make sure to knead all but one cup of the powdered sugar in, and you'll be good to go!

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  20. Thought I should let you know a woman is claiming on her Facebook group that she made this. Her name is Zees floralandfavours

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  21. Again, beautiful. You are very talented. Very creative. Did you teach yourself or take classes. Great job.

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  22. OMGosh! Thanks for taking your time to share you awesome ideas!!!I cannot wait to replicate them

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  23. Your cake looks amazing!! Definitely inspirational! I'm doing a Minnie Mouse theme for my daughter's second birthday. I'm still somewhat new to using fondant (any advice would be appreciated). What size pans did you use for this cake and the other minnie cake you made (the one with the minnie ears hat off centered on the base cake). I'm so very excited to try!! Also, your cupcakes look adorable!! Thanks for sharing your talent :)
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  30. Can you give me more tips on how too do this. I want to make my daughters cake for her 1st birthday. Please help. I want it to be speacial.

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  31. I am going to attempt to make a cake that looks a lot like yours. Can you tell me if you used 1 contoured 3" deep pan for each layer?

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let me know what you think :)