Here is a Minnie Mouse 1st birthday cake I made for a sweet little girl for her first birthday. I decorated this cake based on a picture provided by the girl’s mother. And she wanted the cake to look exactly as in the image she provided.
Minnie Mouse 1st birthday cake in the shape of ‘1’
Since the design was not mine (I merely recreated it with some slight tweaking), I did an internet search to see if I can find the original designer. And to my surprise, I found many variations of this design (similar to another Minnie Mouse cake I made previously based on a customer request), so again I am not quite sure who is the original designer.
This was a very pretty cake. It turned out very pretty and my customer was totally happy. Her exact words were ‘This cake is better than the photo I gave you’. That made my day and so I am sharing here how I made this pretty Minnie Mouse 1st birthday cake.
How to Make Minnie Mouse 1st Birthday Cake
Main supplies for the cake:
- Cake – I baked a marble cake for this project and it was an orange chocolate marble cake.
- Number “1” template – I don’t have a ‘1’ shaped cake tin. So I had to carve the ‘1’ out of a rectangle cake.
- Buttercream – I filled the cake with buttercream and crumb coated with buttercream.
- Fondant – The whole cake was covered in fondant. I used Satin Ice in 3 main colors, i.e., white, light pink, and dark pink. The other color I used was green and it was only for the tiny leaves on the cake.
- Edible image – Minnie Mouse’s image on the cake was an edible image print. I downloaded it from the internet and ordered the print from a local supplier.
- Fondant cupcake image – I cut out the cupcake in fondant. I then hand-painted it to match the cupcake in the image provided to me. For the outline, I used my black edible ink pen.
- Shortening – I used shortening to attach all my fondant cut-outs on the cake including the cake borders.
- Sugar Paste Extruder– I used the tool fitted with a circular disc to pipe out the border for the cake edges. I also used the same for the fondant plaque frame with the birthday girl’s name.
- Clikstix Groovy Letter Cutter – I used Clikstix alphabet cutters for the ‘Happy birthday’ phrase. I also used it for the girl’s name.
- Flower Plunger Cutter, Round Plunger Cutters and Oval Plunger Cutters– The flower cutters were used for the tiny flowers at both ends of the “happy birthday’ message as well as the girl’s name. As for the round cutters, I used them in 2 sizes. One for the white polka dots on the cake. The other, a slightly larger one for the large pink dots on the cake board. The oval cutters were used for the tiny green leaves placed near the flowers.
Minnie Mouse 1st birthday cake in polka dots design
Assembling the Minnie Mouse 1st birthday cake:
Baking the cake
- I started by baking the cake. My original marble cake recipe here is a combination of vanilla and chocolate cake batter. To make orange chocolate marble cake, simply replace vanilla essence and milk in the plain batter with grated orange rind and freshly squeezed orange juice.
The number 1 template
- Since I did not have a ‘1’ shaped cake tin, I made my own cake template. I drew the number ‘1’ on a piece of A3 paper. And I used it to carve the cake out of a rectangle cake.
Carving the cake
- To optimize the cake, I split the template into 2. I carved the cake in 2 sections. The long vertical part of the number ‘1’ formed the first part. And the horizontal base of the number ‘1’ was the second.
- Next, I carved the cake, using my templates as a guide. After that, I crumb coated the cake and did the fondant covering. I did this by sections, starting with the top and then the sides. I covered the sides with a darker shade of pink. For the cake border, I piped out a long thin roll of dark pink fondant using my extruder tool. I attached it all around the base of the cake.
Minnie Mouse and the cupcake images
- Next to go on the cake were Minnie Mouse and the cupcake images. The name plaque with the girl’s name went on next. I also added the “happy birthday’ wordings on the cake board.
Minnie Mouse baby for the Minnie Mouse 1st birthday cake
Cupcake image cut out of fondant for the Minnie Mouse 1st birthday cake
The polka dots
- The polka dots were the next step. If you notice carefully, I arranged them in a pattern. This is to make sure I space them out consistently. Where they fall on Minnie Mouse or the cupcake or even the name plaque, I cut the dots off so that they fit on the cake naturally.
- And the final touch up for the cake were the tiny flowers and the matching green leaves. I used a small oval cutter to cut out the leaves. I then pinched one end of the cutouts to form the leaves.
And that’s my Minnie Mouse 1st birthday cake decorating guide.
Happy Decorating 🙂