Special Character Cakes

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Special Character Cakes (Click on the images below or scroll down for more details and larger pictures)

"Jaws" Shark Cake

This "Jaws" cake picture was submitted by Holly Hannam of Clarington, Ontario, Canada.

Decorating tips by Holly:

This cake was made for a "Movie Madness" themed office pot luck luncheon. My movie was "Jaws". It is a french vanilla cake with butter cream icing. The shark image was created using a buttercream transfer technique. The writing around the side of the cake reads: "Don't Go In The Water". I am new to cake decorating. This is my first submission.

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Cinderella Birthday Cake

This Cinderella birthday cake idea was submitted by Angie Mizon of United Kingdom.

Decorating tips by Angie:

This is the second one I have completed in the last two months and this is how I tackled it. I made it as a maderia cake in two 2 ltr pyrex bowls then cut out an opening 2 inches wide x 1 inch deep then cut a further centimeter down and took it to a point. This i covered with the same colour sugarpaste as the base, and on the other cake, I placed a strip of the base coloured sugarpaste 2 inches wide to make the floor, to sit Cinderella on, and then sandwitched them together with jam and butter icing, this is how I proceeded. I stuck the cake to the already sugarpasted board, covered it in fondant and marked the lines of the pumpkin on the icing with a veining tool. 

Having made two Cinderella carriage cakes in two months, the most difficult thing I found to accomplish was the four chassis. I decided, after 4 of them breaking when I glued them on the carriage with icing, that it was better to make these at least a week before I needed to, that way they were fully dried and glued on without much difficulty and they didn't break (I used sugar flower paste to make them as I had so much difficulty trying to get them to dry in time) The mice I made out of sugar paste 250gms, and tylose powder half a teaspoon, kneading them together so that I could use it as modelling paste immediately, this worked very well. The wheels, spokes, leaves, roots, and lanterns, were all made from sugar flower paste. All pieces were stuck with royal icing , although edible glue was recommended. That's how I made it. 

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The Twilight Series of Books Cake

This Twilight Series of Books cake idea was submitted by Flora Santiago of CA, United States. 

Decorating tips by Flora:

I used MMF and food coloring. Instead of kneading the color black into the fondant (which turns MMF purple) I painted the fondant instead which gave a glossy look to the books. Red Velvet is the cake. To me it's the only cake to compliment the overall theme of Twilight. For more info please visit my site at www.sweetavenuela.com. 

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Ben 10 and Alien Cupcakes

This Ben 10 and alien cupcakes idea was submitted by Craig Brown of United Kingdom. 

Decorating tips by Craig:

This cake was my first ever attempt at cake making. My son is a big Ben 10 fan and looking at the prices of shop bought cakes i decided i could do just as good a job for half the price... 

I decided to make a cake in the figure of Ben 10, this was a 20 inch figure which consisted of chocolate sponge cake with a chocolate buttercream filling. After shaping the cake into my Ben 10 figure I covered the cake in fondant icing or frosting which was colored in the appropriate colors e.g green for the pants, white for the T-shirt etc, I then finished the final touches with a paint brush and licorice flavoring. 

As the cake was taken to my son's school I decided to make 30 cupcakes or fairy cakes so each of his school friends could enjoy it too. On top of the cupcakes, I added a face of an alien made from fondant icing which was colored in either red or yellow and finished with black licorice coloring. The alien heads were four arms and heat blast as these are my son's 2 favorite alien characters from Ben 10. 

The best thing about this cake making experience was the look on my son's face and all his class mates when the cake was brought out to him by his teacher... 

I am one very happy and proud DAD ! 

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Spiderman Cake

These Spiderman cake ideas were submitted by Matthew Jones of IL, United States.

Decorating tips by Matthew:

Used Wilton Spider man cake pan. Made two cakes - 2nd one turned out better than the first. 

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Transformers Cake

This transformers cake idea was submitted by Amber Tillmon of Georgia, United States.

Decorating tips by Amber:

I made this for my nephew's birthday. He wanted Bumblebee being towed by the tow truck. 

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Hannah Montana Electric Guitar Cake

This Hannah Montana Electric Guitar cake was submitted by Melissa Andrade of San Antonio, Texas,USA.

Decorating tips by Melissa:

I made this cake for my daughter's 11th birthday. She is a huge fan of Hannah Montana. When I asked her what kind of cake she wanted for her birthday party, she said she wanted a life size electric guitar. My first response was "There is no way I can do that! She continued to tell me how awesome my decorating skills were and that she knew I could do it. Needless to say I borrowed an electric guitar and I tackled the task and she was bouncing off the walls at her party. All of the guests were amazed at the cake that took up the entire table. It totally boosted my self esteem and I am no longer questioning my ability to do big and outrageous cakes. I have since then done an Optimus Prime, a Monopoly board, and cakes I would have never tried if it wasn't for my little cheerleader pushing me out of my comfort zone!

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Curious George Birthday Cake

This Curious George cake idea was submitted by Holly Hannam of Clarington, Ontario, Canada.

Decorating tips by Holly:

Chocolate cake decorated with chocolate buttercream icing. Frozen butter cream transfer technique used for image.

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Justin Bieber Birthday Cake

This Justin Bieber cake was submitted by by Holly Hannam of Clarington, Ontario, Canada.

Decorating tips by Holly:

Chocolate cake. Justin Bieber image created using buttercream.

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Alice in Wonderland Mad Hatter Cake

This Alice in Wonderland cake idea was submitted by Novy Rich of Basin View NSW Australia.

Decorating tips by Novy:

Cakes are chocolate mud. I hand painted the images around the cake and added detail with royal icing. Figurines are white chocolate. Cake was for a 17 year old so had to make sure it wasn't too young looking... Cake was covered in a layer of chocolate butter cream and then fondant.

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Brave Cake

This Brave cake was submitted by Gill of Staffordshire.

Decorating tips by Gill:

I'm submitting this for my mum. She makes amazing cakes but charges virtually nothing for them. This is a 10 " sponge. What would you buy this for? Any price ideas? It took 5 hours just to do the girl.

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Tangled Cake

This Tangled cake idea was submitted by Holli of Beaverton, Oregon.

Decorating tips by Holli:

My daughter wanted "Tangled" cake for her birthday. I couldn't find a cake pan anywhere and was told they didn't make one. SO, I bought the Wilton Disney Ariel cake pan and modified the colors to look like Rapunzel from "Tangled". She loved it!

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Nemo Birthday Cake

This Nemo birthday cake idea was submitted by Jackie Begley of KY, United States.

Decorating tips by Jackie:

This birthday cake was for my cousin, who is very fond of the movie Nemo. The bottom is a regular half sheet cake. All the coral,Nemo and Dora are made of fondant,I hand crafted them myself.I believe this might be my favorite cake I've made. 

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Castle Gray Skull Cake

This Castle Gray Skull cake idea was submitted by Jeff Seastone of United States.

Decorating tips by Jeff:

Much easier than I thought it would be. The towers are cupcakes.

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Severed Arm - Zombie Walking Dead Cake

This Zombie cake idea was submitted by Rebecca Ford of Statesville, NC.

Decorating tips by Rebecca:

11 x 15 sheet laying as the base. Kelly green buttercream icing for the grass. Took another 11 x 15 red velvet sheet cake, halved it, filled it with buttercream, layered and froze it. This section was used to carve out arm. After carving the arm, light coating of buttercream and wrapped in fondant. Used rolled dried fondant with twizzlers (marrow) as the bones, shredded twizzlers for the veins, molded rice krispies for fingers, and exact knife to carve the name. Use a wooden stick and toothpicks as tools to shape the nails and other hand details. Light wash of copper for skin tone, and deep red for other detailing. Did use a few supports under the arm to keep from sinking as it was heavy.

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Sonic the Hedgehog Cake

This Sonic the Hedgehog cake was submitted by Katrina Drahos of Canyon, TX US.

Decorating tips by Katrina:

I had to completely freehand the face onto a 14" round cake, the hair I carved from another round cake. I looked at a picture and drew the face on with a toothpick. Then decorated it with stars.


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Ghostbusters Cake

This Ghostbusters cake idea was submitted by Lisa Palladino of New York, United States.

Decorating tips by Lisa:

I used lots of cake. 4 layers for the bottom layer and 4 layers for the top. My son is allergic to wheat so I used gluten-free cake mix, by Betty Crocker, is very good by the way. I have to be creative with incorporate his cake within the rest and this worked out well.

I put the cake on a wood board, and my husband drilled 6 long screws into the bottom so I could stabilize the rice cereal treat buildings. 

I made slimer, marshmallow man, and the buildings out of rice crispie treats and covered them with fondant. I also used a long sucker stick to put slimer in the top of the cake. I found that Duff's fondant is also easy to use, its soft and rolls very nice.

Then I used cookie cutters for the ghosts. I attached to the buildings with royal icing. It dries super hard.

I used letter cookie cutters for the words. Also to make the fondant shine I sprayed olive oil cooking spray and brushed it on the fondant with a paint brush. It really finished the cake off.

My son turned 5 and was so excited for this cake.

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Elmo Cake

This Elmo cake design was submitted by Heida Guerzo, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Decorating tips by Heida:

Supprise for 2year old Breakfast.

Preparation guide and tips: 

  • Plain butter cake with rose essense. Slice in the middle to put in the peanut butter and close it back to start decorating

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PowerPuff Girls Cake

This Buttercup PowerPuff Girls cake idea was submitted by Kristy of Lawton OK USA.

Decorating tips by Kristy:

This was one of the first cakes I tried to decorate.

I made these cakes for my twin's birthday when they liked the PowerPuff Girls. I used boxed Yellow Cake for the faces which I baked in round cake pans. I used cupcakes for Bubble's pigtails and I used cupcakes for Buttercups long hair. I colored cream cheese frosting to create the colors that I wanted. I piped the eyes and other things on with a cut sandwich baggie.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Cake

This Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cake idea was submitted by by Lisa Lewis of Worcester Mass.

Decorating tips by Lisa:

The Ninja Turtles are Back!!!!

This cake was made for my son Tayven's 2nd Birthday. He loves the ninja turtles!!

I used a sheet cake pan and baked two cakes, I colored the cake batter in Red,Orange,Blue and Purple. (Representing the turtles color eye band).

The Cake was covered in Vanilla Buttercream which was tinted in Green to make it look like an oooze cake lol=)

The Ninja Tutle heads were made of marshmallow fondant.

I placed the Turtle heads coming out of a man hole that was also cut out of fondant.

Very simple cake and my son's face was priceless when he saw the cake.

Feel free to contact me for information. If you are in need of the ninja fondant figures to decorate your own cake, Please contact me for pricing information.

[email protected]

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Dora the Explorer Cake

This Dora the Explorer cake idea was submitted by Chitra of  North Brunswick, NJ, USA.

Decorating tips by Chitra:

Hello! The cake that I baked for a lovely 2 year old girl is a pineapple yellow cake with chocolate ganache and pineapple filling and is frosted with chocolate ganache. I covered it with marshmallow fondant that I made at home and it was yummy! The figurines were also made at home and they took a lot of time and effort to make. Everything on the cake was edible except the wiggly eyes on the stars. Hope you enjoy the pictures!

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Tweety Bird Gift Box Cake

This Tweety Bird cake idea was submitted by by Monica of Lansdale, PA.

Decorating tips by Monica:

I designed this cake for a surprise adult birthday, for a person who happens to love tweety bird. I only had 1-1/2 days to do it. The bottom tier is a 12 inch square two layered cake, I decided to put the top of the box(which is foam core covered in fondant) on an angle so it would look like it was opened and tweety was the gift inside. The customers got the concept and loved the cake. 

Tweety was made from RKT(rice krispie treats) covered with melted white chocolate and put in the fridge to harden. I choose RKT because i had no time for fondant to dry. Once dried i smooth the chocolate with the warmth of my hand to get a smooth appearance and then covered it with fondant.

Good luck & happy caking

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Strawberry Shortcake

This Strawberry Shortcake idea was submitted by Tami Aills of Gilmer, Texas USA.

Decorating tips by Tami:

This is a 2 tier strawberry cake decorated with buttercream icing and marshmallow fondant. The cake is topped and decorated with fondant strawberries.

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Ariel Cake

This Ariel cake idea was submitted by Holly Cherry of Lehigh Acres, FL.

Decorating tips by Holly:

The cake tiers are 10", 8", and 6". The shells, including the one Ariel stands in, are made of white chocolate and tinted with gel food colors. The treasure chest is also made from chocolate. The bottom tier was iced in stripes of blue and purple, then "combed" with an icing tool. The second layer is iced to resemble scales to fit the aquatic theme. Sixlets candies are used for the "bubbles" on the top tier.

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Hello Kitty Cake

This Hello Kitty cake idea was submitted by Lisa Lewis of Mass, United States.

Decorating tips by Lisa:

This has a sheet cake on the bottom which is yellow cake covered in tinted purple buttercream. The second cake is covered in vanilla buttercream and covered in homemade marshmallow fondant. The third part of the cake is layered with buttercream and raspberry/strawberry filling that was made homemade, then covered with fondant that was tinted in Mauve.The Hello Kitty on top was made of marshmallow fondant. The Flowers were made of a combination of gum paste and marshmallow fondant. 

Took about 3 days. Any questions feel free to email me at [email protected]

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Jack Skelington Birthday Cake

This Jack Skelington cake was submitted by Julianna Taveras of Newark NJ.

Decorating tips by Julianna:

I made a 2 tier chocolate cake with pastry cream, fresh strawberries.

And almond filling with a fondant cover.

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Titanic Cake

This Titanic cake was submitted by Holly Hannam of Clarington, Ontario, Canada.

Decorating tips by Hannam:

Cake made for a Sweet 16 birthday. Also marks the 100th anniversary of the ship's sinking. White cake covered and decorated with buttercream icing. Ship is made from Merken candy melts. Stone in the "Heart of the Ocean" necklace made from jolly rancher candies and a heart shaped jewel candy mold.

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Devil Rays Take Me Out to the Ballgame Cake

This Devil Rays cake was submitted by J. Frost of Florida, United States.

Decorating tips by J.Frost:

This cake was for a friend of mine who is a huge Devil Ray's fan. The cake was iced in butter cream frosting, but the hot dog, popcorn, soda, baseball mit and ball were all out of fondant. He turned 70 so the "RBI" (runs batted in was 70). 

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Teletubbies Cake

This Teletubbies cake design was submitted by Angela Callery, Massachusetts, United States. 

Decorating tips by Angela:

  • 45 minutes
  • home made cream cheese icing
  • blue food coloring
  • skewers, movie candy

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High School Musical Cake

This High School Musical cake design was submitted by Kathy Jeffery, New Jersey, United States. 

Decorating tips by Kathy:

Each layer was a different flavor - vanilla, chocolate and strawberry.

Top layer was cut in half to form stage. High-School-Musical sign were cut-out letters "glued" to red twizzlers with white icing dots to replicate white lights.

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