The theme for Sawyer’s party took me forever to decide. So long that by the time I made up my mind it didn’t leave much time for the planning. I wanted to be creative on the cake and almost even did a review on a really cute one from a local baker but in the end, I really wanted to make his Mickey Mouse Birthday Cake myself. So the morning before the party I woke up in a panic. I still had no idea what I was doing for the cake. The worst part was I had no idea what I was going to do if I made it and I was almost out of time to order one.
Hubby & Johnny were at a soccer game so Gavin, Sawyer & I ran to Michael’s. We knew everything we needed we’d be able to get there. I didn’t know if I wanted to layer cake rounds or do a character pan. Well, the Mickey Mouse Birthday Cake Pan from Wilton was my final decision. I had done one other character pan before so I had some experience.
I was worried about my timeline since I really didn’t start baking the cake until late. I think it was around 8 pm. It took one box of cake mix.
When it was done baking I let it sit for ten minutes and then placed it in the fridge for an hour. It was late and I needed to make sure it was completely cool so I could frost it before going to bed.
Before I flipped the cake out of the pan I needed to make the bottom level. You can see in the above picture that the cake rose higher in different areas. I use a long bread knife so it rests on the top of the pan on both sides so I know I stay flat.
While your cake is cooling prep your frostings. Make what you need and dye it. Remember that colors darken in time. Some only need a little dye. The copper coloring needs VERY little color to achieve the proper color. The black will need a LOT. It will be dark gray in the beginning but will darken over time. Make sure your area has everything you need within arms reach.
When I flipped the cake over I got really nervous. All the lines that were in the pan didn’t transfer over when it was baked. I knew the initial design relied on my lines. I didn’t have them but another Wilton Mama, Cat @ Food Family Finds said to use food writers! What a clever idea! I just wish I had some on hand.
Here was how I ended up doing the decorating. My frosting kept getting soft REALLY fast and it was going in and out of the fridge so you see me going back and forth with the colors.
**I don’t know why I can’t enlarge this photo. If you click it it will allow you to make it full size
I did pretty well on the lines. Don’t be afraid to wipe off and start over. You’ll notice I even wiped off the nose too at one point. My stars were just so sloppy from the warmer frosting and I wanted it all redone.
The nicely flatten areas have a small cup of cornstarch handy to tap your finger in before tapping the frosting. If you don’t coat the frosting the little but on the frosting will fade away.
I didn’t finish until around 3 am but I was very pleased with it in the end with my Mickey Mouse Birthday Cake.
Up until the end, I always doubt myself but I really need to be more confident. My stars could be tighter and have fewer spikes but no one is judging it. (I hope).
At the party, it was a huge hit and fit in perfect with all out decor. I ended up not using the original candles and used this great Mickey Mouse 1st Birthday candle from Party City.
I was glad I chose to make his Mickey Mouse Birthday Cake myself. It was the perfect finishing touch to his party! If you think you can’t make one of these cakes- you can!!! It really comes down to patience. These cakes take hours to decorate when you don’t do them often. The finishing result just makes it all worth it.
Have you ever made a character cake?