Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Avengers Birthday Cake

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This is my new favorite way to decorate cakes, the possibilities are ENDLESS!!
First off, I just want to let you all know how much this cake cost to make...
Just over $5.00!!!  Yes, you read that right!
All I had to pay for was the two boxes of cake mix (on sale for 99 cents each), and two tubs of
frosting, ($1.50 each). 
So, my two previous posts were how to make a Captain America Shield Pinata, and how to make Avengers masks, add this awesome birthday cake, and you've got a super sweet Avengers themed birthday party!!
I was SOOO excited to do this post!
I love to bake and decorate, but I'm still learning, so when I saw this idea on Pinterest, and knew I had to tackle it.  
I picked out a coloring page that had my son's 4 favorite Avengers, Hulk, Iron Man, Thor, and Captain America.  I didn't know how long this process would take, the party was on a Wednesday, so I started Monday night.  I worked on it for 1 hour, put it in the fridge so it wouldn't get ruined, and then another 1 1/2 on Tuesday night, and that was it!  I had a lot of fun making this cake. 
What you'll need:
the coloring page you want for the final design
wax paper
tape
a piece of glass large enough to tape the paper on to
food coloring
frosting (I just purchased the  Betty Crocker frosting, the one in the small tub)
sandwich bag (I only used 1 sandwich bag!  See how below) or (frosting bag with tips)

Tape your picture underneath the glass so you can see it.

Then tape the wax paper on top of the glass

I don't have any frosting bags, so after tinting the frosting black, I spooned it into the bag, and then I cut off the tiniest corner.  Can you see it??  After I had used all the black I rinsed and dried out the bag and then filled it with the next color.  This way it was re-usable and I didn't waste a lot of bags.
Start by doing any outlining...
Since Hulk's hair and Thor's shirt were all black I filled in those areas as well.  I chose to do white next, 
My next color was a creamy skin like color for Thor and Captain America.  The food coloring I got came with a brown, so I put in the tiniest amount, mixed it in, and kept adding small amounts until it reached the right shade.  I then added even more brown coloring to that same batch for the handle of the hammer.  Notice how you can't see Thor's face anymore?  I call it the background color, the black detailing of Thor's face is underneath the cream color, so when we flip it over at the end the facial features will be on the other side...
I then did the blue and yellow, again, going over the black outlining...it doesn't matter if it looks messy on this side, no one is going to see it! 
Next was red...
and to finish it off, grey, purple, and green.  This is what it looked like, from the backside, finished.
At this point I put it in the fridge, and left it overnight.  It would have been better to put it in the freezer for a shorter period of time, but since I did it that far in advance I didn't want it to shatter when I flipped it over.
Wednesday morning, the day of the party, I baked the cakes.  I wanted to do two layers, and these are the flavors my son picked out.  I had already done enough work on everything else, so I decided to not make the cake from scratch, and give myself a little break ;)
After letting the layers cool I sliced some off the top to make it level.
As you can see, I put frosting between the layers, and then went around the edges with a sharp knife to make it look 'cleaner'.  I obviously didn't finish before I took this picture though :)
I did a thin layer of frosting around the whole thing to keep all the crumbs in, 
after adding more frosting, I took the 'picture' out of the fridge and peeled the tape off of the glass, then flipped it over onto the cake. 
Note: make sure the picture is centered before you flip it over on to the cake, it's kind of a pain in the butt to try and move it after, trust me ;)  My husband took these pictures for me, he took like 20, he was just more curious to see if it actually worked!
GENTLY peel back the wax paper and marvel at your masterpiece!!  Do not do any decorative frosting around the edges, because as you can see, the wax paper peeled off some of the white frosting as well.
Yay!!  After (literally) jumping around the kitchen for joy for about 10 minutes, I touched up the white parts on the cake, and went around the bottom edges with a red design.
I forgot to take a picture of the completely completed cake, luckily I found this one which was taken right before we stuck the candles in, sorry it's upside down, I tried to flip the picture, but it just looked weird.  You get the point, right? :)
P.S. did you notice Hulk's hand at the top?  Yeah, that's what happens when a small part of the frosting isn't completely hardened, and you don't peel it off slowly enough.  Lesson learned!  Not too shabby for my first attempt.  
What do you think??
Also check out our DIY Avengers masks that we used for the party favors for the kids,
and our DIY Captain America shield pinata to complete your Avengers themed party!

Update: I've since used this technique again, and this time I made Star Wars cupcakes and Princess cupcakes. You can check out that post here.

Idea for the cake adapted from here.

70 comments:

  1. Looks fantastic~ I am so glad you tried it and even happier that you posted about it! I bet your son was thrilled. Happy decorating!

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    1. Thank you! He was, he loved it! He saw me working on it the second night before bed and had to tell me what color Thor's hammer was, Iron Man's blasters, etc. He was so funny about it.

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  2. This looks amazing! I had never heard of that method before! Seriously, so cool!

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    1. Thank you! I know, when I stumbled across it on Pinterest I had a 'duh, why didn't I think of that' moment :)

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  3. Michelle, this is a great tutorial (and an amazing cake). I have never heard of decorating a cake like this but it is such a great idea. You're a rockstar Mom for taking the time to make such an elaborate cake! I don't have kids, but I am thinking I could do this with all sorts of other cake occasions.

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    1. That is so sweet thank you! That's what I love about this technique is you can use it for ANYTHING!

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  4. That is the coolest thing ever!! I'm going to have to try this just for fun!! Thank you so much for coming by and sharing this post with me!!

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    1. Thanks! I thought you might appreciate it :)

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  5. That cake was amazing, Michelle!!!!!

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  6. WOW; this cake rocks!!!! i am sure the B day boy is thrilled!! :)

    love K

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  7. This is amazing! I cannot wait to try this. I'm linking up from Pinspiration in the Kitchen and am your newest follower. Thanks for joining the party :)

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  8. Wow! How amazing is this?!?! I am so glad you linked up with Pinspiration in the Kitchen because this is spectacular!!

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  9. I have been really into baking for years and have never seen this before. What a cool technique! Luckily, my youngest's birthday is in just a few weeks so I don't have to wait long to try it.

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  10. This is supre amazing!!! I don't know that I'm brave enough to try it myself, but you did an awesome job!!!

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    1. Thank you! You have to try it, it's a lot of fun! I'm sure you can tackle it, you can use ANY picture :)

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  11. Oh wow! That is so cool! I am not sure I would be talented enough to pull that one off though. ;) Cake decorating & I have not been very good friends, lol.

    Thanks so much for linking up with my Pinspiration in the Kitchen Party!

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  12. P.S. I am not sure if you aware & I always let bloggers know just in case they don't know- you have word verification turned on for commenting... ;)

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    1. I wasn't aware, thank you, I will figure out how to change that!

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  13. That's a great job Michelle! My kids are "too old" for specialty cakes like this anymore (so they tell me) but it's a truly fab idea I'll tuck in my files for another time. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Ha ha, kids are funny, I'm sure you can find an excuse to use it ;) Thanks for visiting!

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  14. So cool! The possibilities are endless I would think!! Thanks for sharing at Show & Share! Pinning because I'm pretty sure this technique will be in my future!! :)

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  15. Ok, that is super cool! I cannot WAIT to try it for myself! Thanks so much for sharing it at last week's For the Kids Friday link party at Sun Scholars! I'm featuring YOU at this week's party! Feel free to stop by a button to show off to your friends! :)Rachel

    http://sunscholars.blogspot.com/2012/09/for-kids-friday-79.html

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  16. OMG what a great idea! Not sure if I'll have the patience to do this, but I'd give it a try. You did a great job!

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  17. Whoooooooa that is so amazing! I'm pinning for one of these days when my boys ask for a party. (We usually do something as a family like the fair or Disneyland, but I know I can't get away with that forever.) Thanks for linking to The Sunday Showcase!

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  18. Thank you for posting this! I am doing this for my son's birthday in 2 weeks!

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    1. Yay! It's so fun to do, let me know how it turns out!

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  19. VERY cool! Love it! - Lauren @ muchadoaboutsomethin.blogspot.com

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  20. I think it looks AMAZING, first attempt or not! (Here from Pinterest.) Thanks so much for sharing this technique. Really, you did a fantastic job!

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  21. Popping over from Sun Scholars. Wow! This is fantastic. What an amazing job you did. Thanks for sharing the tutorial. You've sold my cake decorating dilemma for this year's 5th birthday party!

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  22. I would love to do this for my son's party! If I used the ready to use icing tubes rather than tinting frosting myself do you think it would have the same look?

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    1. Hi Jen!
      I tried to find an email or something for you, but to no avail, hopefully you will see this!
      Yes, you could use the icing in the tubes, the only thing is if you have to do very fine lines, the tips on the tubes may be too large, so it just depends on your design.
      Hope that helps!

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  23. Yes, thank you! I bought an "attachment" that looks like it could make a small line.

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  24. Michelle,

    Trying this for my boys' cakes and having trouble getting the wax paper to peel off. I have put the cakes back into the freezer in hopes that cooling them longer might help. Did you run into this problem at all? If so, what did you do?

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    1. Hi Mary, the frosting just has to be hardened all the way, and then when you flip it over on to the cake slowly start peeling up from a corner. I had the same problem at first, and realized it was because I hadn't let my frosting harden all the way.
      A couple of spots stuck to the wax paper a little, so I gently peeled them with a knife.
      Hope that helps!!

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    2. I've done 2 cakes using this method (Sonic and Max & Ruby). I first used canned frosting and also found it stuck to the wax paper, even after freezing overnight. Second time I used butter cream and it worked perfectly. It freezes, nice and hard. Just take it out of the frige so it can soften a bit before serving.

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  25. Found this on Pinterest! Absolutely BRILLIANT!!

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  26. Love it! Have an upcoming cake project that I was dreading until now!! Can't wait to try!

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  27. Looks great. What kind of coloring did you use to get such vibrant colors? My sons birthday is next week and I will be doing this! Thanks! (I found on Pinterest)

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    1. Hi Kerrin!
      I just used the very small tubs of gel-like food coloring. I found them at Michael's in a 4-pack.
      Hope that helps, good luck!

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    2. Thanks, I will look for those. Would parchment paper work in place of wax paper?

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    3. I'm not 100% sure. I used wax paper since I already had that in my home. I do know that parchment paper is supposed to have a little bit of a non-stick coating, so that might be more beneficial to use...sorry I can't really help out more on that!

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    4. I would NOT use parchment paper as it is not as smooth and I would guess that the design would not slide off very well.

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  28. this is a brilliant idea. saving it for my son's birthday cake.

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  29. That is brilliant my dear! LOL I love how you noted about the hand, I get impatient sometimes and have done the same thing.

    GREAT idea my dear!!!

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  30. Hi! i loved this idea - I am an amateur cake decorator! I will be trying this- a quick tip that I would like to share with you on you cake, if you use the back side of a butter knife dipped in hot water - you can smooth out your frosting . :) figured we could trade a tip for a tip. Thanks for this GREAT IDEA!

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  31. That is amazing & exactly what I've been looking for!!!! thank you so much

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  32. This BRILLIANT and my just save me $25-$30 on my daughter's birthday this month! She is wanting a cute cake and I simply cannot afford to go get one made at the bakery! Thank you so much for posting this and saving the day!

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  33. Hi, I have decorated cakes for about 35 years. Have always used this method. But....what you need to do is use plastic wrap instead of wax paper. Put your drawing on a piece of cardboard and tape the plastic wrap over it. I always use buttercream icing. Do your outline first and freeze a few minutes. Fill in each area and freeze every so often so your outline stays frozen. When you are finished freeze till completely hard.....about 10 minutes. Untape plastic and position over cake. Since it is frozen solid you can actually move it around if needed without messing up your cake. Once you have it where you want it peel off plastic wrap. Will look perfect. It's fast and easy and can work on any drawing no matter how detailed. It does look better if outlined with tip #2 or #3. There are a few examples on my website (suzcatering.com) if you want to see. Have fun. :)

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  34. Thank you for the tips! I will have to try that out.

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  35. I tried this, did everything you did to a T, unfortunetly my turtle turned to mush on the cake and wouldn't peel from the wax paper. Do you have any suggestions?

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    1. Hi MaKayla, FYI you are a non-reply commenter, so I can't email you back, hopefully you'll see this response though!
      The main thing I've noticed is the type of frosting you use, you want to use like a buttercream, or something that is going to harden when it gets cold. A previous commenter also mentined she used plastic wrap and it peeled off for her. I haven't tried that method yet though.
      Let me know if that helps!

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    2. I am not sure how to change that? hmmm
      Anywho, maybe it was my frosting type, I just used a tub of Betty Crocker..
      Thanks!

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  36. Awesome! Kudos from South Korea. This is going to be my new hobby! Brilliant! Fantastic! Amazing! Did I say Brilliant already?

    Mark

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  37. That is absolutely amazing!!! My little guys birthday is soon and I am going to try this!! :)

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  38. this is truly brilliant! i have been doing cakes for kids many years ago with royal icing, but it gets hard and craccks when you cut the cake... now i have grandbabies and will try this method... thanks

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  39. This is a fabulous idea... I have tried this method and it works great. My only addition would be to print it out as a "mirror image", therefore, when flipping over on cake, it will the the exact same as the picture you were wanting originally. I also second, the freezing the outline for a bit before continuing on... makes for an easier attempt to fill-in. Great job.

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  40. I was just wondering…will whipped frosting work the same??

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  41. This is super amazing!!! I don't know that I'm brave enough to try it myself, but you did an awesome job!!!

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  42. This is a brilliant idea. Saving it for my son's birthday cake. We offer everything from basic wedding cakes to elaborately designed cakes with sugar flowers. We have basic and filled cupcakes. Thanks.

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