I made this Godzilla cake for 6 year old Eshan. This was a last minute request and the birthday boy’s mom was very accommodative about the cake design so I accepted it. All she wanted was a Godzilla themed cake and knowing that time was not on my side, she was ok with simple cake design, so long as Godzilla was on it.
As much as I would have preferred to make a 3D fondant Godzilla for little Eshan, I neither had the time to make one nor was there enough time for the 3D fondant Godzilla to set. And so I settled for this buttercream decorated design. The entire cake was decorated in butter icing and the Godzilla image was piped in buttercream. Overall, this was a pretty quick and easy cake to make.
These were the main supplies needed to decorate this Godzilla cake:
And this was how I assembled and decorated the Godzilla cake:
I started by getting my Godzilla template ready. I did not draw this my self, I traced it out from the internet and made slight changes to suit my cake. I also made sure the size of the template fitted the size of my cake (I have a separate tutorial on how to resize templates for cake decorating. Click here to read more). And then I traced the image onto a parchment paper, ready to be used on my cake.
Next was the cake itself. Once baked and cooled down, I leveled the layers, sandwiched them with buttercream and crumb coated them with a thin layer of buttercream.
And then I added a layer of butter icing and smoothed it well all over the cake.
Next was the fun part, i.e. transferring the Godzilla image on my template to the cake. To do this, I used 3 things – my paper template, sugar craft knife and needle tool. First order was placing the template on the exact position I wanted it on the cake. Since the cake was covered in butter icing, the template remained well in place with the help of the grease from the butter. And then the tracing process started. I used my needle tool to mark the outlines first followed by my sugar craft knife to mark the remain lines on the template. In marking these lines, I literally cut through the template to mark them. That way, I got very clear lines on the cake and was very helpful when piping the outlines later on. I did this for most part of the template, except for very tiny details like the eyes and other smaller features. These, I drew by hand using my needle tool.
Once the entire template has been transferred, I begun the piping work. I started with the outlines using black butter cream and a round #3 piping tip.
And then I filled the Godzilla design with dark green icing. To achieve the dark green tone, I mixed Wilton Moss Green with a tiny bit of black color. The Godzilla image was filled using the star piping technique which is basically piping buttercream using a medium sized star piping tip to cover a design on the cake.
Since the Godzilla was predominantly dark green in color, once I was done with the dark green piping, the image was almost done. To finish it off, I used white butter cream fitted with Wilton tip #2 to fill the claws, teeth and the design on its back. For the design on the tail, I used a leaf tip and piped short upright strokes of buttercream.
For the Godzilla’s icing, I piped a tiny dot of red icing (using round tip #3) followed by a tiny dot of black butter cream it the center (using round tip #1).
With that, the Godzilla image on the cake was complete.
For the finishing touches, I used my fantasy flower cutter to cut out the flame-like patterns on the sides of the cake in red fondant. And then, using the same red fondant, I cut out the birthday message and the birthday boy’s name and placed it on the cake. I did not use any ‘glue’ to stick the fondant pieces onto the cake as the butter in the butter icing covering the cake was sufficient to hold these pieces in place.
And that’s that. Godzilla birthday cake for 6 year old Eshan.
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