I made this R2D2 cake with a co-worker for a work function. Our team theme was Star Wars, so it only seemed appropriate to make a R2D2 cake. We needed something fairly easy that we could complete in one night. If you ever search “R2D2 cake” on Pinterest, you fill find some phenomenal cakes, most of which do not fit into my skill set as of yet. However, I found this tutorial on Pinterest and we got to work. Once again, I used a closed star tip and dabbed the icing on following the picture in the tutorial. It is a large cake, and with both of us icing the cake, it took a long time to complete. But once it was finished, we were in love. For the simple design, it turned out great, and there was no mistaking what we were going for.
So this year, when my oldest turned four, he wanted an Avengers birthday party. Me being his mommy knew that Captain America was his favorite. I was thankful for this in the end because the easy design fit well into a very busy weekend. This was the first year for a real friend party. So he invited some friends from school and of course I invited the mandatory friends that are kids of my friends. We had a little room at a local jump place that has the indoor blow up obstacle courses and slides in the morning. It was perfect. Two hour time slot, 10 kids, pizza, cupcakes and a private room for $200. A deal in my book, especially when you get to leave the mess behind and be home in time for nap. That evening, we had the family birthday party at the house. So I had very little time between parties which meant little time for extravagance. So I needed a game plan.
Earlier in the week, I made the actual cakes for the birthday cake. I went with a checkered design made out of white and red velvet cake. I had been wanting to do another fun cake on the inside since I did my youngest’s construction cake which you can see here. I have learned that making cakes ahead of time and freezing them is not only okay, but actually great for having a moist cake. Again, I did not come up with this on my own, there were many resources that I found on Pinterest about freezing cake. All you need to do is wrap up your almost cooled cakes in two pieced of plastic wrap and then cover with foil. If wrapped properly, they can keep up to a month. But I digress. Also earlier in the week, I made the Captain America shields for the cupcakes out of chocolate melts. I printed a template 12 times onto a piece of paper and then covered with parchment paper. Working with one color at a time, I piped the chocolate onto the shields using a number two icing tip and a decorator bag. I would pop them in the fridge between colors to set the chocolate and then move onto the next. Once all done, I just stored them in an air-tight container on the counter until I was ready to put them on the cupcakes.
Come Friday, the day before the party day, I made all my cupcakes and a batch of butter cream icing. The kid party was at 10am, so I decided to complete the cupcakes the night before. It was easy assembly. White butter cream on top of the white cupcake and then plop a shield on the cupcake. I chose to make the shields out of chocolate because I wanted all white cupcakes. Kids+Red Icing +Blue Icing = Extra Laundry. How do I know this…we had a cookie monster birthday for the first birthday and an Elmo birthday for the second. Two years in a row and finally learned that unless you want to strip them naked, icing will get on clothes.
So all that left for the evening party was to assemble my cake when we got home from the kid party. I took my cakes out of the freezer, made a fresh batch of butter cream, and got to work. After icing the cake in white, I added the shield using a small closed star tip and just dabbing the design on the cake. It was pretty easy and not super time consuming. My oldest loved it and I was please at how much better I am getting at smoothing my butter cream icing on my cake. Maybe one day (in the distant future) when I master that, I will post a tutorial.
Last year, my oldest turned three. The prime age to be into Mickey Mouse. We all knew the theme song by heart, danced to the hot dog dance, and said “toodles” instead of goodbye. So there was no doubt that he wanted a Mickey birthday party. I was going to go with three cake design using an 8-inch cake for the face, and two 4-inch cakes for the ears. Easy peasy. But the more I thought about it, I didn’t need that much cake and I was worried that I wouldn’t get the face right. Would my three year-old care? No. But I would. I can be hard on myself with stuff like this as I have high expectations for the time I put into the cakes. But I knew with my limited experience, it may not turn out as envisioned. So I set out for other ideas…on Pinterest of course. I came across a tutorial on how to make any coloring book page into a cake topper which can be found here. So I set out to do a practice round. I found my picture, taped it under a piece of parchment paper, and set to work. Turned out that my practice round was pretty good and I didn’t want to push my luck. So I stored my topper in the freezer until I was ready to flip it onto the cake. Done and done. This is a pretty beginner technique and I would encourage trying it out. Don’t mind my base buttercream work…I have gotten better at that over the past year as well which you will see in my next post.
Inside of Construction Cake
I made this construction cake for my two year-old’s birthday this year. Anything related to trucks, tractors, combines, mowers, or the like was free game. There is not a whole lot of creativity that goes into a cake made to look like dirt so, I was looking for something a little extra to add some fun. This was quite a hit with the family! I found the tutorial for the diagonal lines on Pinterest which led me to a very helpful tutorial that can be found here. Once I had the cake built, I covered in a chocolate butter cream icing, added some Oreos for a dirt effect, and topped off with some tractors. Needless to say, my little one loved it!
Hi! I’m Clara Sims and the baker behind the (Sim)fully Sweet treats. I am a working mom of two little boys that likes to bake cakes and treats on the side. I am a newbie to both the baking world and the blogging world, and wanted a space to document my journey. Up until this point, I have mostly made cakes for my children. I am not super creative and get a lot of my ideas off of Pinterest and other blogs, but there is something about baking and decorating that I absolutely love. I am self taught and always trying to expand my skills. I hope to look back on this day and say, “What was I thinking with that cake?!?!” I always welcome new techniques and ideas and would love to hear from you. Here is to the start of something new!
Cheers! ~ Clara