This Mickey Mouse 1st birthday cake was decorated for a sweet customer of mine. She is a close friend of my sister. She was also among my first customers when I first started cake decorating. Most of the cakes she ordered from me were for her children. The reason I particularly enjoy decorating for her is that is really appreciates my work. And that really makes me going.
Mickey Mouse 1st Birthday Cake
The design of the 1st birthday cake was as provided by the customer. When I traced back on the internet, I found it to be originating from www.lilmisscakes.com. So the credit definitely goes to Lil’ Miss Cakes.
In decorating this Mickey Mouse 1st birthday cake, I made slight tweaks to the design, especially the birthday boy’s name. I did not have the Mickey Mouse font cutters that were used for the birthday boy’s name in the original design. So proposed to use one of my existing ones to which my customer happily agreed.
How to Make Mickey Mouse 1st Birthday Cake
These were the main supplies used for this 1st birthday cake:
- Cake – This was a two tier cake, measuring 6 inches and 9 inches in diameter. Each tier were 4 inches in high and were baked using my butter pound cake recipe.
- Buttercream – I used buttercream to fill the cake, as well as to crumb coat it.
- Fondant – The entire cake was covered in fondant and I used Satin Ice in white, blue, green and yellow.
- CMC – I added CMC into fondant that was used to make the Mickey Mouse cut outs and the number ‘1’ topper.
- Mickey Mouse face cutter – I purchased this in a local decorating shop. If you don’t have one, you can simply print the template from internet. Use it as a guide to cut the Mickey Mouse toppers
- Number ‘1’ paper template – I printed this using my Microsoft Word application.
- Floral wire 18 gauge – these were used to poke the Mickey Mouse toppers into the cake.
- Wooden food skewer – I used this food grade skewer to poke the number ‘1’ topper into the cake.
- Lollipop sticks
- Round plunger cutters – This was used for the while polka dots on one of the Mickey Mouse toppers in blue as well as on the top tier of the cake
- Plaque cutter – I used this for the white plaque where the birthday boy’s name was placed on.
- Clikstix alphabet cutter – These were used for the birthday boy’s name.
- Fondant extruder tool – I used this for the yellow and blue border for the name plaque as well as the border for the first tier .
- Pizza cutter and ruler
- Shortening and fondant glue – this was the ‘glue’ for all my work on this 1st birthday cake.
And this was how I put the cake together:
The number ‘1’ template
- As in most of my cake projects, I prepared the templates first. For this 1st birthday cake, only one template was required, i.e. the number ‘1’ template. I printed the template using Microsoft Word.
Mickey Mouse toppers for the 1st birthday cake
- Next was getting all the 3D deco ready. These were the Mickey Mouse cut outs as well as the number ‘1’ topper. To make the 1st birthday number topper, I rolled my white fondant (which has already been added CMC) and cut out the number one with the guide of my template. And then I attached the blue, yellow, green and white stripes on it with shortening. Once done, I attached the wooden skewer to the bottom. And I left it to set over night in a horizontal position. Be sure to dipped the skewer in fondant glue first before inserting into fondant.
- After the topper, I went on and made all the Mickey Mouse toppers. I happened to have a Mickey Mouse cutter so that made it easy for me. I used it for the Mickey Mouse in yellow, green, blue and white. In total, I made 3 whites, 4 blues, 2 greens and 2 yellows for this 1st birthday cake. Out of the 4 blues, the one with white polka dots was made slightly larger than the rest. Since I did not have a cutter for this size, I resized it by just pressing the cutout with hand and reshaping it. For the polka dots, I used my round plunger cutter and attached those dots with shortening. Once done, I attached wire to each of them and left them to set and harden in a horizontal position. Again, I dipped the wire in glue first before poking into the fondant.
- As for the cakes, once baked and cooled down, I leveled and filled them with buttercream. And then I crumb coated with a thin layer of buttercream before covering with fondant. The top tier was covered in blue while the bottom one was covered in white.
- I then stacked the cakes before adding the blue, yellow and green strips to the bottom tier. Next, I added the name plaque and the birthday boy’s name to the front side of the top tier. I framed the plaque with yellow and blue strips piped out of my extruder tool. Using the same tool, I added light blue border to the top tier.
The cake border
- As for the bottom tier border, I formed tiny balls mostly in blue fondant with occasional yellow and green and attached them to the cake. The balls were purposely made in random sizes.
- And then I went on to attach the number ‘1’ topper and the Mickey toppers. Finally, I added large round polka dots on the top tier. The dots are not quite visible in the image as most of them were towards the back of the cake. Two are visible on the right side of the cake.
And that was how I decorated this Mickey Mouse 1st birthday cake.
Hope you enjoyed this sharing.
Happy decorating 🙂