Somehow home made cake tastes better than the pre-made cakes from the grocery store, even when you use a boxed cake mix. For this reason I make our kids’ birthday cakes. I usually rent a cake pan from bulk barn for $2 a day which is a great price. But if they don’t have your daughter’s favourite princess you have to resort to other methods.
I saw this technique on pinterest(again with the pinterest) but can’t find it now so I’m sorry for not giving you credit whoever came up with this. So if you want to make a cake like this:
Follow these steps…first print off a coloring page of whatever character you’d like. The less details, the better. Then tape it to something flat like a smooth cutting board or a picture frame glass.
Then tape a piece of parchment paper to the picture. You tape it so it doesn’t shift around when you trace it.
Then with black icing, trace all the lines. Tip: use chocolate icing to make black because it doesn’t work really well with white. It just gets a weird purplish grey and uses a ton of icing coloring. That’s right, icing coloring. NOT food coloring! It thins the icing too much and you don’t get the vibrant colors as with the icing coloring. It’s a gel and comes in tiny little jars. Use a Wilton #2 or smaller tip for tracing.
Now color it in with icing. Fill it in once and then go over the top once more. The layer of icing should be between half a centimeter to a centimeter thick. If it’s too thin it won’t come off the paper very well (I speak from experience here).
I also iced a rectangle shape around the picture. It’s a more finished look and any oddly shaped edges are a bit more difficult to get off the paper. TIP! if you want a number on it somewhere write it in reverse or put it on when the cake is done! (Again, experience). Now put it in the freezer overnight or till it’s hard and bake your cake while you wait. Then put a thin layer of icing on the cake just so the picture has something to stick to.
Take the picture out of the freezer and remove it from the board. Then flip it onto the cake and carefully peel off the paper. Do this as quickly as possible because the icing warms up and it won’t come off the paper then.
Notice how she’s looking the other way? Any numbers or letters will be backward unless you wrote them in reverse or print the picture out with the mirror image setting. Now ice the rest of the cake. I used a Wilton #1M for the chocolate stars and a #18 star for the pink.
Add a number and some candles and a birthday girl and you’re done!