Here is an Ultraman cake I made for little Daryl on his birthday. The cake was requested by his mom and I am guessing Daryl must be a big fan of Ultraman. For those of you who are not sure who Ultraman is, he is one of the Superheroes from Japan who is always around to save people from beastly monsters.
And this cake is an attempt to capture Ultraman in his bid to save the town from being destroyed by an ugly brown creature.
The sides of the cake basically featured 3 different scenes, one with burning buildings, one with a torn down tree and overturned car and the other, a broken bridge. On top of the cake were Ultraman and the beast. Despite a lot going on on the cake, it was pretty easy to decorate it. The only time consuming and tricky bit was making Ultraman figurine and the monster. I used Styrofoam balls as the base for both the figurines. They don’t take too much time to set this way and are way lighter than if I were to use fondant throughout.
Here is how I made the Ultraman cake:
These were the main supplies used in decorating this Ultraman cake:
Cake – this was a 7 inch round cake and measured approximately 4 inches high. It was baked using my butter pound cake recipe.
Buttercream – I used buttercream to fill and crumb coat the cake.
Fondant - The entire cake was covered in fondant and all the deco on the cake were also made of fondant. I used Satin Ice fondant.
Styrofoam balls - I used these balls for Ultraman’s body and head and the monster’s body. I covered the balls with fondant that has been mixed with CMC and went on to attach the rest of the body parts to form the figurines. Both figurines were wired and that made it easier to hold them in place on the cake. My figurines making skills need a lot of practice but if you keen to learn the basics on how to make fondant figurines, I would strongly recommend this online Craftsy class. Once purchased, you can keep viewing it for as many times as you want and online help is always available).
Extruder tool - I used this tool for all the rolled fondant strips on the cake particularly the bridge railings.
Fire cutter - This was cutter I purchased some time ago and though it was labelled as flower cutter, it worked fantastically wells as flames on this cake. The cutter came in a set of two different sizes, and I used them interchangeably with red, orange yellow fondant to create fire flames all around the cake.
Oval plunger cutters - I used my tiny oval plunger cutters for the leaves of the broken tree. I cut the leaves out individually in dark green and light green fondant and pinched the pointed ends to form the leaves.
Square plunger cutters - these were also my small plunger cutters and I used them to cut out windows for the buildings on the sides of the cake.
Ocean Waves Cutter - I used my waves cutter to make the sea waves under the broken bridge.
Needle tool - I used this tool to draw lines on the tree trunk.
Scalloped round cutter set - I used two of the smaller cutters to cut out green bushes on the side of the cake (in the overturned car scene).
And this was how I assembled the Ultraman Cake:
I started with the Ultraman and the monster figurines first. I made them a few days in advance so that they are all set and ready on go onto the cake on the day I decorate the rest of cake. The monster was hand painted in brown food coloring ( I used Wilton Brown color here). I don't have a separate tutorial for these 2 figurines but if you have any questions, please leave them in the comments section below and I will revert as soon as I can.
Next was the cake itself. Once baked and cooled, I levelled and filled it with buttercream. I also crumbcoated the cake with buttercream before covering it with light blue fondant.
And then I went to with the deco on the sides. The sides were basically divided into 4 different scenes, one with burning building, the other with a fallen down tree, a broken bridge and an overturned car. I used shortening to attach all the fondant cut outs of the cake.
The first scene were the burning buildings.
The buildings were all cut by hand with the guide of a ruler and the small square windows on the buildings were cut using my square plunger cutter. The flames were cut using my fire cutter (which is actually a fantasy flower cutter).
Next was the side with the broken bridge. All the grey sections of the bridge were cut by hand with the guide of my ruler. The black strings were piped using my extruder tool fitted with a tiny circle disc. And again, I added the flames on the bridge. The sea waves were cut using my sea waves cutter.
And then was the side with a fallen tree. The tree trunk was cut by hand using my craft knife and I formed the wood pattern on the trunk using my needle tool. As for the leaves, I cut each leaf individually using my oval plunger cutter and pinch one end to form the leaves. I used 2 different shades of green fondant for the leaves and attached them to the cake with shortening. The clouds were cut by hand using my craft knife.
And the final scene was the overturned car. The car was cut freehand with my craft knife and so were the clouds. The green bushes at the end of the road were cut using my round scalloped cutters.
As for the cake board, I used fondant in two different colors to make the scenes above it. For the broken bridge, I used blue fondant and for the rest of the board, I used brown. I used tiny lumps of grey fondant (as stones) to hide the joint between the brown and blue fondant on the cake board. The stones were basically a mixture of black and white fondant, and I left the color slightly marbled on purpose so that it looked more natural for stones.
The monster and Ultraman were the last ones to go on the cake. To ensure food safety, I poked the wires of Ultraman and the monster into lollipop sticks before poking them into the cake.
And that was how I decorated this Ultraman cake.
If you would like to know more on how I decorated specific areas on the cake, pls feel free to leave your comments in the section below. I will get back to you as soon as I can.
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