August 22, 2009

Toy Story (Andy's Room) Birthday Cake

One of my son's ABA therapists was complaining the other day about not being able to find a cute cake for her two-year-old son's Toy Story birthday party. She had some Toy Story figurines, but didn't know what to do with them. I quickly chimed in that I would love to design and make a cake for her....and voila! I give you Andy's bed! I had so much fun making this cake and learned A LOT about fondant and royal icing.

I need to write a bunch of notes to myself about this cake because chances are, next year when Toy Story 3 comes out, either one of my boys or a friend's child will possibly want something similar.....so I need to remind myself here before I forget some of the details.

The cake itself is two 9x13 inch white cake mixes, crumb coated and draped with white fondant. I attempted to do a bed corner fold in the corners so it looked like a sheet. Work fast with fondant, it dries quickly. I put dowels in the bottom "box spring" cake layer for extra support. Fondant is a lot heavier than regular icing, so you need the dowels.

The base is two pieces of cardboard covered in contact paper that I picked up at Home Depot (that stuff you use to line kitchen shelves). It looks just like a wood floor, no?

Next, I tinted some fondant for the quilt, rolled it out (use plenty of powdered sugar so it doesn't stick to the counter) and indented the quilt pattern with a toothpick lightly pushed into the surface on the horizontal. I'm sure there's some fancy fondant tool that would work better. I just didn't get to the store to look around. I placed the quilt on, added a sheet border to the top, and made my pillow out of two graham crackers (cut to size) and wrapped in fondant again. I pinched the corners to make it look "pillow-y".

While mixing up a batch of royal icing, I tinted some fondant brown and wrapped four pretzel rods and four whoppers. I used a small paint brush dipped in water to get the fondant to stick to the pretzels, grahams, and candy. I "glued" them on to the bed with royal icing using a piping bag. Next time I will definitely tint the royal icing to match whatever I am gluing so you can't see it as much. The headboard was one graham cracker wrapped in fondant.

Finally, I tinted some more fondant and cut out letters using my awesome alphabet cookie cutters (I use them all the time for different things). The number "2" was made by cutting out a letter "S", turning it over, and then reshaping it a bit.

The day of the party, we "glued" on the figurines and added the candles. Wiggle them into the fondant so it doesn't crack. One Andy's Room Cake ready to go! Hope you have a great birthday Danton, enjoy!

14 comments:

Tiffany said...

THAT IS AMAZING!!!! Great job. I am scared of fondant, any tips when I'm brave enough to give it a try. Wow!! you could go pro. : )

The Tribe of Scott said...

Britt- what a cute cake! Your artistic talents shine!!

Jen Gillespie said...

Oh my lands!!!!! That is awesome! What a talented lady you are. I can't believe you just came up with that all on your own. You are so creative in what you use under the fondant. Totally impressed!

The Hutton Family said...

Very cute! You need to be doing this as a side job!

Summer's Blog said...

What the crap is this Brittney???!!! You got to be freaking kidding me!!! You just need to be slapped, that is so good. Shut up!

And I agree with the side job thing. I can't even speak of this right now.

Nat Attack said...

HOLY COW LADY. This is why I leave fondant to the pros. Incredible!

Heather said...

that is amazing. you clearly have a talent for cake making. my poor son.........his birthday cake is going to be oh so simple. Brittney move to UT OK? :0) Good work - it is awesome!

Whitney said...

Love the cake! I will have to remember this one! I didn't know there was a Toy Story 3 coming....How fun will that be?!

Angie said...

It looks great! Good job, and what a cute idea!

Jen Gillespie said...

So I have a goal to make my kid's birthday cakes this year instead of buying them. Jason wants a Lightning McQueen Party this year. His b-day is the end of May. I immediately thought of you and this awesome cake that you made. Any suggestions on sites that give easy instructions for a novice cake maker/decorator. Thanks a ton! and I'm getting so excited to see your finished quilt. How's it coming?

Alison said...

This is a STUNNING cake! I am planning a Toy Story party for my son, and I am in love with that cake!! Thanks for sharing!!

Pati @ A Crafty Escape said...

We are in the midst of deciding on themes but you just convinced me that we should do Toy Story. LOVE this cake! Thanks for taking the time to explain everything so well. You did an amazing job!

Pati @ A Crafty Escape said...

Thank you for being our inspiration! We made a Toy Story 3 cake this weekend, I just blogged about it: http://acraftyescape.blogspot.com/2011/02/toy-story-3-cake.html

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