I made this Ben 10 cake for my son’s 6th birthday. Ben 10 and his Omnitrix watch were the ‘in-thing’ for him, so when I asked him what cake would he like for his birthday, he obviously choose Ben 10 and specifically requested for the Omnitrix watch to be on the cake too!
This was a fairly easy decorating idea, simply because there were no special decorating skills required, neither were any special tools or cutters required except for some basic decorating tools and piping tips.
Here is how I decorated the Ben 10 Cake:
These were the main supplies I used for this Ben 10 cake project:
Buttercream - I used buttercream to fill the cake as well as to pipe the stars border around the top and bottom of the cake
Butter icing - The whole cake was covered in butter icing. I did not tint the icing and the ivory hue of the icing was from the butter that went into the icing.
Fondant - I used my homemade fondant for this cake, and it was only for Ben 10 image, Ben 10 logo and the birthday message on the cake.
Food Coloring - I used Wilton food coloring. These were mainly to paint Ben 10 and his logo.
Ben 10 image and logo template - I traced the image out of my son's coloring book. He wanted Ben 10 in the exact same image as it appeared in the coloring book so I made one exactly like that for him.
And this was how I decorated the Ben 10 cake:
First and foremost was getting the template ready. Since the image was on my son's coloring book and was of the right size to fit on the cake (which made it all the more easy for me as I didn't have to resize the image), I just traced it onto a parchment paper. And then I cut it following the outlines ( I had 2 templates; one was Ben 10 and the other was the logo).
I rolled out some white fondant to about 1/8 of an inch. I placed Ben's image template on the fondant and traced all the outlines. I used a sugarcraft knife to mark all the lines on the image. Using the knife makes this process easy and the knife cuts though the paper and the lines are clearly visible on the fondant.
Once I had all the lines marked on the cake, I removed all the paper bits (I say paper bits because by this time, the paper image was in pieces already!!).
And I followed the same process for logo.
I left the fondant to set so that it does not loose shape when I start painting it and also when I transfer it onto the cake. I left them to set overnight.
While waiting for the design to set, I set on baking the cake.
I baked a large cake – 13 inches by 11 inches rectangle cake. It was a butter pound cake, sandwiched with a thin layer of buttercream and covered in butter icing. I did not tint the butter icing and left it at its original ivory color. I also had some buttercream tinted in black and brown for the borders.
The next day, I painted Ben and the logo cut outs using food coloring to match the original Ben 10 colors. For this image, I used Wilton colors in ivory, green, white, black and yellow. I did the same for the logo.
Once the painting was done, I lifted the fondant cut outs and placed them on the cake (I did this with a large pallete knife). Since the cake was covered on butter icing and the designs were placed flat on the cake, I did not use any buttercream to stick the fondant onto the cake. It stayed well in its place because of the butter icing underneath.
Using black buttercream and Wilton #2 round piping tip, I piped black outline all around Ben and the logo. I then used the brown tinted buttercream for the top and bottom stars border of the cake.
And lastly, I cut out the wordings for the cake in fondant and painted them in yellow. I used Wilton alphabet cutters for the letters.
And that was it. A Ben 10 cake for a happy 6 year old boy!
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