Caitlin is my granddaughter and for her first birthday my daughter found a project plan on the Michael’s online website. I couldn’t even tell you what the one she saw looked like now but it inspired us to create this one in a Minnie Mouse theme.
The challenge with this one was stacking! I did put a dowel in there. We had to transport the finished cake about 15 miles, on winter roads filled with potholes! I carried on my lap the entire way with a finger stuck on one of the fondant pieces.
We did a practice run on this cake since the party with guests was a few days after her actual birthday. We used the same techniques on both cakes.There was one cake made with the giant cupcake pan by Wilton. My advice is to bake the top and bottom layers separately since they hold different amounts of cake batter. There’s no way to get them both done at the same time.
There were smaller cupcakes made with the Wilton Multi-Cavity Cupcake pan.
I flattened the tops to get a level stack. If you look closely my cake leaned slightly so it was a good thing I had a dowel in there.
Caitlin greatly enjoyed eating her 1st Birthday cake. She loved the little curlicues. After they set they get crunchy.
My grandson Nicholas (7) took a cupcake and all the leftover pieces of cut fondant and decorated it. I loved the way he stuck the dried stars and Mickey heads in the cake at an angle instead of flat against the cake.
I guess I should have let him help with the big cake! He says he’s going to be a chef some day.