This Mickey Mouse 1st birthday cake was decorated for a sweet customer of mine. She is a close friend of my sister and was among my first few customers when I first started cake decorating. Most of the cakes she ordered from me were for her children and the reason I particularly enjoy decorating for her is that is really appreciates my work and that really makes me going.
Mickey Mouse 1st Birthday Cake
The design of the cake was as provided by the customer and when I traced back on the internet, I found it to be originating from www.lilmisscakes.com. So the credit definitely goes to Lil' Miss Cakes.
In decorating this Mickey Mouse 1st birthday cake, I made slight tweaks to the design, especially the birthday boy’s name. I did not have the Mickey font cutters that were used to cut out the birthday boy’s name in the original design, and proposed to use one of my existing ones to which my customer happily agreed.
Here is How I Decorated the Mickey Mouse 1st Birthday Cake
These were the main supplies used:
Cake – This was a two tier cake, measuring 6 inches and 9 inches in diameter. Each tier were 4 inches in high and were baked using my butter pound cake recipe.
Buttercream – I used buttercream to fill the cake, as well as to crumb coat it.
– The entire cake was covered in fondant and I used Satin Ice fondant in white, blue, green and yellow.
– I added CMC into fondant that was used to make the Mickey cut outs and the number ‘1’ topper.
Mickey Mouse face cutter
– this was a cutter I purchased in a local decorating shop. If you don’t have the cutter, you can simply print the template from internet and use it to cut the Mickey cutouts.
Number ‘1’ paper template – I printed this using my Microsoft Word application.
Fondant extruder tool
– I used this tool to make the yellow and blue border for the name plaque on the cake as well as the border for the first tier of my cake.
Pizza cutter and ruler – I used both of these to cut out the fondant stripes for the bottom tier.
Shortening and fondant glue – this was the ‘glue’ for all my fondant work on this cake.
And this was how I put the Mickey Mouse 1st birthday cake together:
As in most of my cake projects, I prepared the templates first. For this cake, only one template was required, i.e. the number ‘1’ template. I printed the template using Microsoft Word.
Next was getting all the 3D deco ready. These were the Mickey cut outs as well as the number ‘1’ topper. To make the number topper, I rolled my white fondant (which has already been added CMC) and cut out the number one with the guide of my template. And then I attached the blue, yellow, green and white stripes on it with shortening. Once done, I attached the wooden skewer (that has been dipped in fondant glue) to the bottom and left it to set over night in a horizontal position.
After the topper, I went on and made all the Mickey cut outs. I happened to have a Mickey cutter so I used it to cut out Mickey in yellow, green, blue and white. I made a total of 3 whites, 4 blues, 2 greens and 2 yellows. Out of the 4 blues, the one with white polka dots was made slightly larger than the rest by just pressing the fondant with hand and reshaping it. For the polka dots, I used my round plunger cutter to cut out white fondant and attached those dots with shortening. Once done, I attached wire to each of them (dipped the wire into fondant glue before inserting into fondant) and left them to set and harden in a horizontal position.
As for the cakes, once baked and cooled down, I leveled and filled them with buttercream. And then I crumb coated with a thin layer of buttercream before covering with fondant. The top tier was covered in blue fondant while the bottom one was covered in white.
I then stacked the cakes before adding the blue, yellow and green strips to the bottom tier. Next, I added the name plaque and the birthday boy’s name to the front side of the top tier and framed the plaque with yellow and blue fondant piped out of my extruder tool. Using the same tool, I added light blue border to the top tier.
As for the bottom tier border, I formed tiny fondant balls mostly in blue fondant with occasional yellow and green and attached them to the cake. The balls were purposely made in random sizes.
And then I went on to attach the number ‘1’ topper and the mickey cut out toppers. Finally, I added large round polka dots on the top tier. The dots are not quite visible in the image as most of them were towards the back of the cake ( 2 are visible on the right side of the cake).
And that was how I decorated this Mickey Mouse 1st birthday cake.
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