My Little Pony Cake

The Making of a Cake

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I thought today it would be fun to walk you through how I come up with cake ideas and put them into action.  I always use Betty Crocker Cake mixes and icing and then I embellish with food coloring, sprinkles or even marshmallow fondant.  I find them easy to work with and because they are always consistent I know how they will respond to my experimentation.  Plus it helps that my family has always preferred Betty Crocker cake mixes even over home-made, so the time I save baking I take for decorating.

This year my youngest has a thing for My Little Ponies so that is the idea I ran with.  Then it was time to decide what kind of cake design to go with. Some years I have gone all out and built 3D cakes but I didn’t think I would be able to pull it off for a My Little Pony cake, and since I just made a cake using marshmallow fondant, I started to think of other ways I could make my daughter a My Little Pony cake.  A stencil seemed to be the easiest way, but I wasn’t sure if it would work out how I saw it in my head.  It ended up not quite working as well, but it did work.

Using a cutting board behind the paper I cut out a printed picture of a My Little Pony that I found on the internet and then sprinkled a little bit of icing sugar around the edges to get the outline.

From here things got a little bit sticky so no pictures, but what I did is outlined the icing sugar pony in black icing.  Then I filled in the body using my (clean) finger to smooth it out as best I could, using the writing tip for both.  The sides of the cake were next using a butter  knife to smooth the icing down.  The top of the cake I filled in using the star tip making sure not to distort the outline of the Pony.  Once that was on I put the writing tip back on a used it to make the hair, draping it off the edge a bit.  To hide the edges at  the  bottom of the cake I used skittles which turned out to be a real hit.

I had trouble with the writing, which is always the case, but all in all the cake turned out OK.  I know that for the birthday girl the cake was perfect and amazing, even though I joke that it was another one for Cake Wrecks.

Cake mix – $2.50
Icing – $4.39
Skittles – $1.39
Reaction on Miss Vs face when she saw her cake = Priceless

Moral of the story is kids won’t remember how bad the cake looked, just that you took the time to make something special.  This cake took about 2 hours from start to finish.  Now to come up with a fabulous idea for my oldest daughters 11 th birthday.  It’s getting harder as they get older.

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13 opinions on “The Making of a Cake”

  1. I love it. We have always made all of our kids birthday cakes, they just seem a bit more special when we do it for them. You’re very talented…great job Mama!!

  2. you did such a great job and the cake looked so delicious!! i would love to make and decorate a cake. I have done cupcakes but never a cake

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