The first cake of 2017 is already in the books. This past weekend, my little guy turned three! I don’t feel old enough to have my youngest be three, but here we are. On top of that, he decided on his birthday that we were done with diapers and pull ups. Just like that, we are a big boy. Well this three year old has been requesting a Paw Patrol birthday since before Christmas. As far as kid shows go, it is not a bad one. His favorite Paw Patroller is Marshall, the fireman pup. I was thinking I was going to do something with Marshall for the cake, but my mom offered to help with some sugar cookies for the party and they had a strong fireman theme. So I went for the classic dog bone in the Paw Patrol primary colors. It was a pretty simple cake design. The hardest part was making sure I had all my portions right so that I had a nice even bone. (Thanks Mom for the kitchen scale!) I ended up using my new 4″ cake pans and a loaf pan to get the shape. Once the cakes were baked and cooled, I froze them to I could work with them better to get my shape. Here was the layout I went with. Using three rounds and piecing together the scraps for the fourth circle prevented losing any cake to scrap.
Once I had my layout, the base icing was pretty straight forward. I made a flat surface on top first with white icing. Then I piped the sides vertically using a start tip in royal blue icing. I merged my blue sides with the white top by using my star tip and making a boarder around the top rim. Lastly came the decoration on top.
I had a lot of questions about how I got that cute little shield on top looking so perfect. Well I used a version of the transfer method. I found one of the kids Paw Patrol coloring books and found a shield that was the right size for the space. I placed a parchment paper over the coloring book and carefully piped the design. Once the design was finished, I carefully slid the parchment on a small cutting board and put it in the freezer. It will freeze in a short amount of time, maybe 5 minutes. Once frozen, I CAREFULLY, with an offset spatula, slide under the shield on all sides to make sure it came free and transferred to the cake. The buttercream will thaw quickly, so you don’t want to let it sit on the counter while you figure out placement.
After the shield was in place, I added little paw prints to the cake with the remaining icing. While it was not one of my more elaborate cakes, it was definitely cute and my son adored it!
Now about those cookies! My mom has really been getting into the sugar cookie making and decorating. And of course, I want in! So I went over to her house the week of the party to help her with the cookies. Thankfully, due to her retirement, she had icing a cookies ready to go when I arrived after work. Mixing royal icing colors takes forever! That will have to be a later post. We had a lot of fun decorating cookies. I find that decorating cookies is very relaxing and I enjoy it as much as cakes. Look how cute these turned out!
Everyone raved about the Paw Patrol goodies and not a single one was left at the end of the party. More importantly, my little guys had a blast at his party. Success! Now to finally take down the decorations……