DC Superhero Girls Cake

DC SuperHero Girls

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!

DC SuperHero Girls

DC SuperHero Girls

DC SuperHero Girls

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.

I am excited to bring this cake to Fiesta Friday #184! Your amazing co-hosts this week are Petra @ Food Eat Love and Jhuls @ The Not So Creative Cook.

 
Buttercream Icing

Ingredients

  • 6 sticks unsalted butter (softened)
  • 8 cups pure cane confectioners sugar
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp real vanilla extract
  • With the flat beater attachment, beat the butter until smooth (about 45 seconds). Add the sugar (sifted if possible or at least whisked well) and beat for about 30 seconds or until combined. Add the vanilla and beat on high until very fluffy (around 2 minutes). Store in a sealed container and use within a day or 2.
  •  Check out more of my birthday cakes 🙂

    34 Responses to“DC Superhero Girls Cake”

    1. 08/10/2017 at 8:43 am #

      What a great cake! Birthday wishes to your daughter. Know she loved that cake!

      • Zoale.com
        08/10/2017 at 9:01 am #

        Thank you so much Debbie! She did, and loved eating it more..lol! I hope your summer has been great! 😀

    2. 08/10/2017 at 10:07 am #

      Wow, that’s a masterpiece. Some of those logos are Super intricate. I hope Zoe had a great birthday and loved eating her cake. Hope she has a Super year!

      • Zoale.com
        08/10/2017 at 10:33 am #

        Thank you so much Diana! They really are, it was quite a job! She did, it was wonderful 😀 Thank you for the sweet wishes!

    3. 08/10/2017 at 10:08 am #

      Hi Antonia, everyone has been a bit AWOL (including me this summer-lol). Great looking cake and many more Birthdays to Zoe.

      • Zoale.com
        08/10/2017 at 10:35 am #

        Hi Cheryl, I hope your summer has been great! It happens this time of year, for sure! 😉 Thank you for the kind words! 😀

    4. 08/10/2017 at 11:02 am #

      What a great cake! Your daughter designed a good one.

      A puppy! Hard work, but so worth it once you get them trained. You’ll have a wonderful companion and furry friend for a long, long time.

      • Zoale.com
        08/10/2017 at 2:25 pm #

        Thank you Deborah! I loved the idea of doing the symbols as good vs evil. Yes, a lot of work, but she is so cute. She is just turning 15 weeks. It is crazy how fast they grow up! I agree, a great companion 😀

    5. 08/10/2017 at 12:34 pm #

      It’s beautiful! You are so good with your cakes!

      • Zoale.com
        08/10/2017 at 2:25 pm #

        Thank you so much Paula! I hope you have had a wonderful summer!

    6. 08/10/2017 at 1:14 pm #

      It’s been a busy summer all around Antonia! So good to see a post from you 🙂 How exciting is a new puppy?! They are a lot of work though… I remember getting our dog at 2 months old and she was a handful. Hope that everything from potty training to obedience is going well. Your daughter is quite lucky to have such a talented mom to make a beautiful cake!

      • Zoale.com
        08/10/2017 at 2:29 pm #

        It is great to hear from you too Heather! I hope your summer has been going well. I agree, so much work, almost like children. It is, she is almost house trained and is learning some of the basic commands. She is 15 weeks, so almost out of the terrible 2s! Yay! Thank you for the sweet compliment! 😀

    7. 08/10/2017 at 4:00 pm #

      That looks tasty. I’m in the mood for frosting.

      • Zoale.com
        08/10/2017 at 4:03 pm #

        Thanks Jacqui! It’s always a good time for frosting, lol! 😉

    8. 08/11/2017 at 8:48 am #

      Cute cake! I’ve worked with fondant some but never gum paste!

      • Zoale.com
        08/11/2017 at 8:54 am #

        Thanks Judi! Gum paste works best for things you need to get really hard, especially flowers and small decorations. I love working with both! 😀

    9. 08/11/2017 at 11:23 am #

      Wow! This looks beautiful and I admire you for making this for your daughter! If my daughter would ask me for this, I would surely buy it somewhere!😂 Happy birthday to her and thanks for sharing at Fiesta Friday party! Have fun!

      • Zoale.com
        08/11/2017 at 5:44 pm #

        Thank you for the kind words Jhuls! Ha ha, I understand! Happy Fiesta Friday to you as well and thank you! 😀

    10. turkswhoeat
      08/11/2017 at 2:50 pm #

      This is great, love it!

      • Zoale.com
        08/11/2017 at 5:46 pm #

        Thank you! 😀

    11. 08/13/2017 at 9:04 am #

      Amazing work, Antonia…You are so creative…

      • Zoale.com
        08/17/2017 at 10:43 am #

        Thank you so much Swapna! I hope you are having a wonderful month!

    12. petra08
      08/15/2017 at 7:19 am #

      The cake is adorable! Your daughter is very lucky and it sounds delicious as well! 🙂 happy Fiesta Friday!

      • Zoale.com
        08/17/2017 at 10:44 am #

        Thank you Petra, you are so kind! Happy Fiesta Friday and I hope you are having a fantastic week!

        • petra08
          08/17/2017 at 12:13 pm #

          🙂 And you too! x

        • Zoale.com
          08/17/2017 at 2:29 pm #

          Thank you 😀

    13. 08/15/2017 at 10:23 am #

      Wow!! Such an amazing cake!! Not everyone is as talented as you 🙂

      • Zoale.com
        08/17/2017 at 10:45 am #

        Thank you for the compliments! Have a great rest of your week!

    14. 08/15/2017 at 1:06 pm #

      Antonia, what an amazing cake ! It is perfect 🙂 I bet it tasted great too. I hope Zoe had a beautiful birthday and has a great year ahead.
      A puppy…how gorgeous. Enjoy your puppy, they are so special and definitely bring a lovely dynamic to any family. I hope you share a pic or two of your new family member. Have a wonderful week ahead my friend. x

      • Zoale.com
        08/17/2017 at 10:47 am #

        Aww, thank you Lynne! It was a wonderful day! We are having a lot of fun with her. She is getting a little less nippy, which is nice. She just left her terrible 2s, and is 16 weeks today! I need to share photos of her for sure! Thank you, and I hope the rest of your week is wonderful! 😀

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