I have been absent most of this summer, and have missed catching up with all of my wonderful blogger friends and readers. I hope to be back on a more consistent basis very soon. It has been a very busy summer, with a few challenges along the way. We also added a puppy to our family this summer, and it has been a wonderful, yet a time-consuming experience. I have never had a puppy, so what a learning experience it has been! But, back to the reason for my post. 😀 My daughter turned 9 years old this summer and I still can’t believe she is growing up so fast. One of her favorite things, is DC SuperHero Girls. She loves reading the comics and watching the movies. Naturally, this was the theme for her birthday. She designed her cake and gave me quite a challenge. Out of all the cakes I have made for my children, this was the most difficult. Cutting superhero logos out of fondant and gum paste was definitely an experience! I loved sitting with her while she designed her cake, and especially loved bringing her design to life. I hope you enjoy my little girl’s birthday cake. 😀 Happy August everyone!
The cake is a homemade chocolate cake, from Martha Stewart’s Baking Handbook. The icing is also homemade, and it’s made with real butter (see recipe below). This type of buttercream is more difficult and temperamental to work with than the vegetable shortening variety, but I prefer it, and am willing to live with a few icing cracks.
When frosting a cake, frost the top first and then the sides. Place a large amount of icing on top of the cake (you can remove the excess later), to prevent crumbs from mixing with your icing. After icing the top and sides, smooth out with a cake spatula and then place the cake under a stove fan and light for about 20 minutes to slightly harden the icing. Smooth the cake by using a smooth paper towel (Viva works well). Place the paper towel on a section at a time, and gently smooth with your hand. Repeat, until the cake is where you want it. I also use the paper towel to smooth the edges, by placing the paper towel on the edge, and smoothing gently from the side to the top. At this point, the cake is ready to decorate. I use a disposable cake box to store the cake in, until it is ready to put the decorations on and time to put on display.
I mixed the icing with light blue gel color. The decorations are made out of fondant and gum paste.
- The superhero logos were all made out of a mixture of fondant and gum paste. Wonder Woman’s rope and Poison Ivy’s vine was also made out of a mixture of gum paste and fondant. The leaves were made out of gum paste and allowed to dry.
- Wonder Woman’s crown, Katana’s sword, and Harley Quinn’s mallet were made of fondant and colored with food safe markers and color dust.
- I used gum paste for the letters.
- I used a gum paste glue to adhere the decorations to each other and the cake (made with water and gum paste). I placed all the decorations on the cake a few hours before the party, but got everything ready the night before, including icing the cake.