The character cake is one of the most popular cakes, that's why my teacher wanted to show us how to make it. This type of cake is very popular for children parties and it is very easy to decorate. you just need to get a character cake pan, some icing and gel color and start practicing.
There are basically 2 techniques used for character cakes. Definitions and techniques has been taken from the book Decorating Cakes by Wilton. Here the techniques:
OUTLINE: Character cakes are usually outlined first, then piped with the start or any other technique used. Outline facial features, outline the shape of the character, etc.
Tip No. 3
Icing Consistancy: Thin
Bag Position: 45 degrees
Hold Tip: slightly above surface.
START FILLING IN: The character cake are usually decorated with stars. Those stars need to be be very close together, stars require so much piping from the same bag, It is a good idea to keep replenishing the icing. Change the icing when soft, otherwise the stars will eventually be poorly defined.
Tip No. 16
Icing Consistancy: Medium
Bag Position: 90 degrees, straight up
Hold Tip: 1/4 inch above surface
Very Important: when you fill the character cake with the stars, pipe a row of stars evenly and close together, adjusting the tip position slightly each time
MY LITTLE HERO CAKE
For this cake I use a Little Hero Pan from Wilton, I loved this pan since I saw it in the store because g
|My T&T Astro Kid|
|Astro Boy by Wilton - Little Hero Pan|
You will need:
# 3 for outline the cake
# 16 (star tip) for the face
# 18 for the entire body
Make 5 cups of butter cream icing, tint them with food color in gel as follow
1-1/4 cup blue (all around the cake and outline the cake)
1 cup dark blue - use small amount of black (for the shoes and part of the arm shirt)
1/4 cup black (eyes, mouth, hair)
1/2 cup copper (I combined red and yellow in a very small proportion to get the skin color)
1/4 cups yellow (for the stars around the boy and around the head)
1-1/2 cup of white (for the body)
...Well I did not read all the instruction, but I should had trimmed the ears, hose and arm extension off the cake, in other words, whatever thing that you do not need from the original cake design.
1. Outline the cake with tip # 3 (blue color), outline helmet, arms, shoes, legs, packets, etc.
2. With the star tip No. 18 and white butter cream start making stars and cover the cake, make sure that the stars are very close together and not pointing.
My beautiful Astro Boy almost done!!!
|My T&T Astro Kid|
Pick a character cake for your next birthday and enjoy it the jurney!!!