Minnie Mouse cake for a 2 year old girl. Isn’t that so typical for a girl of that age?
Mickey and Minnie Mouse cakes are evergreen and so loved by children. This was my first Minnie cake and I was as excited as the birthday girl to decorate it. The thing about this cake is that it was not baked in a specialty mold or cake tin. In fact, the shape of Minnie itself was carved out of a rectangle cake. And Minnie’s pose on the cake, it was directly from an image chosen by the birthday girl and her mummy over the internet.
I decorated this cake using an image transferring technique I have used very commonly for many of my cakes. And it works very well for me especially when I am have to decorate sheet cakes in customized shapes and images.
Here is how I decorated this Minnie Mouse Cake with my image transferring technique:
These were the main supplies used:
Cake – at the time I made this cake, I didn’t have that many cake tins, so the largest I had was a 6 inches by 10 inches rectangle cake tin. And since the cake requested was large than the cake tin size, I had to bake 2 cakes and stick them together to get a large enough cake. I used our family favourite cake , my butter pound cake recipe.
Buttercream – I used buttercream as a filling as well as to crumb coat the cake. I also used buttercream to pipe Minnie on the cake. For crumb coat, I did not tint the icing, but for Minnie, I tinted the icing in pink, ivory, black and white.
Butter icing – I used butter icing to cover the sides of the cake as well as the rest of the cake area which was not covered by Minnie’s image.
Fondant - I used store bought fondant and tinted it in pink. The fondant was used for cake border as well as the wordings on the cake.
Piping tips and bags – I used Wilton round tip #3 for the outlines and star tip #16 for the stars. And I used disposable piping bags. I always prefer using these when working with buttercream it is a daunting tasking having to wash off all the grease of the piping bags. Disposing them is a much preferred option!
And this was how I decorated the Minnie Mouse cake:
I started with the image. I printed it off the internet and resized it to the size I wanted on the cake. I then traced it onto a parchment paper and cut it out along its outline.
Next was the cake. I did not have a large rectangle cake pan that could fit the size of Minnie’s image. Hence, I baked two rectangle cakes, filled and joined them with buttercream.
I then placed Minnie template on the joint cakes and carved out Minnie’s image. In doing this, I left about an inch allowance from the outline of the image to the sides of the cake.
Once the carving was done, I removed all excess cake and lifted off the template. Next, was the crumb coat. I applied a thin layer of buttercream all over the cake and returned the template to the cake top again. Using my craft knife, I marked the outlines of Minnie’s image, including her eyes, bow, hands and others onto the cake. When marking the inner outlines, I literally cut through the template to leave the markings on the cake, so its important that the knife used is sharp. The thin coating of buttercream helps to make the markings on the cake more obvious, so that makes it easier when it comes to the piping work later.
And by the time I completed all the marking on the cake, Minnie template was already in pieces. I removed all the pieces and covered the sides of the cake with butter icing. The icing was not tinted; hence the natural ivory tint of butter was obvious.
Once the sides were done, I moved on to complete Minnie’s image on the cake. I started with black icing and icing tip #3 for the outlines. And then, using tip #16, I covered Minnie following its standard pink, white, ivory and black colors. I used piping tip #16 for most parts of Minnie except for her eyes and nose which were piped using tip #3.
Once Minnie was completed. I cut out the ‘Happy Birthday” wordings using alphabet cutters. And I rolled a long strip of fondant for the cake border.
Finally, I piped random tiny pink flowers on the sides of the cake and on the cake board.
And that was how I decorated this Minnie Mouse cake.
Hope you enjoyed this technique. Happy cake decorating :)
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