I made this pink 2 tier Minnie Mouse birthday cake for 4-year-old Meena. The cake was requested by her mother. And because her order came quite at the last minute, she was very glad when I took up the order.
Themed Birthday Cakes for Children
Her exact words were ‘thank you for making a 4-year-old happy’. It never occurred to me until then how much accepting last-minute cake orders means to young children. Their parents often scramble to look for a cake decorator and having found one who finally accepts their last minute order is actually not doing the parents a favor, but rather making the dream of a young child of having a decorated birthday cake in his or her favorite theme come true.
Now that is a big deal for me and I was so glad I accepted the Minnie Mouse birthday cake order. Never mind about the last-minute rush, I was happy I made a child’s birthday cake wish come true. I remember how my own children countdown to their birthdays months before their actual birthdays. And how very excited they get on their birthdays with their birthday cakes and presents, so it kind of feels like a fairy sometimes to be able to make a child happy on his or her birthday.
A Remake Cake Design
Back to the Minnie Mouse birthday cake. This was not my original design. Meena’s mom got me a picture of a Minnie cake and requested that I make one like that. I decorated this cake a few years ago. And don’t have the image provided by Meena’s mom anymore. But what I remember is that the Minnie Mouse birthday cake I made here is very much similar to the picture she gave me. I did an internet search for Minnie Mouse cakes in pink in my attempt to locate the original designer. However, much to my disappointment, I am unable to locate one.
There are many Minnie Mouse themed cakes on the internet. Some look very much like this cake that I have made, but I believe, these were all inspired by one another. I am still hoping that I can locate the original designer so that I can credit him or her accordingly. So if you are reading this and happen to be able to help me, please do let me know in the comments section at the end of this page. I will be more than happy to hear from you.
How to Make a Minnie Mouse Birthday Cake
Ingredients to make and decorate the two tier birthday cake:
- Cake – The was a 2 tier cake measuring 7 inches and 10 inches in diameter. I used my butter pound cake recipe for both tiers.
- Buttercream – I used buttercream to fill the cake layers as well as to crumb coat the cake before covering it with fondant.
- Fondant – the entire Minnie Mouse birthday cake and all the deco on it were in fondant. I used Satin Ice fondant in white , baby pink and black .
- CMC powder – I added this to the fondant when making the bows as well as Minnie Mouse’s large ears on the top tier. CMC helps fondant to set firm and hard. This in turn helps the fondant to hold shaped especially those in 3D shapes.
- Fondant glue and shortening – these were the glues for this project and I used them interchangeably.
Tools to decorate the cake:
- Round cutter set – I used this for Minnie’s large ears on the top tier as well as the smaller Minnie Mouse faces on the sides of the bottom tier and the white polka dots on the top tier.
- Round plunger cutter set – this is a set of smaller round cutters. I used these for the white polka dots on the cake border strips as well as the pink polka dots on the large white bow on the top tier.
- Plaque cutters – I used 2 different sizes – one slightly larger than the other. Both, however, were of the same shape.
- Clikstix Groovy alphabet cutter set – This was used for the birthday girl’s name on the Minnie Mouse birthday cake.
- Number cutter – I used this for number ‘4’ that was placed on the front side of the top tier.
- Fondant extruder tool – this was used to pipe the black borders for the 2 fondant plaques on the cake.
- Pizza cutting wheel – this was used for the long black border strips as well as the strips to make the bows.
- Cake decorating brush (Fine tipped brush) and Americolor white food coloring – these were used to mark the tiny white polka dots on the mini bows on the bottom tier of the Minnie Mouse birthday cake.
How to make Minnie Mouse bow
- I made all the fondant bows (both the large one on the top tier as well as the smaller ones on the sides) and Minnie Mouse’s ears in advance. I have a separate tutorial on how to make the large bow but that tutorial is without the polka dots. For the polka dots, I used the smallest cutter in my round plunger cutter set and cut out tiny dots of pink fondant. I attached these to the bow once the bow was complete.
- The smaller fondant bows were made in a similar manner to the large one, but the bow centers did not have any folds and for the polka dots, I used the fine tip of my cake decorating brush that has been dipped in Americolor white food color (undiluted) to mark random tiny white dots on the bows.
How to make Minnie Mouse ears
- As for the ears, I cut them out in black fondant (that has been added CMC) using one of my large round cutters and attached a long wooden skewer to each. I let these set and harden completely before putting them up on the cake.
Baking and preparing the 2 tier birthday cake
- Once the cakes were baked and cooled down, I leveled them and then filled and crumb coated them with buttercream before covering each of the two tiers with fondant. The top tier was covered in pink fondant while the bottom tier was covered in white.
- Once both cake tiers were covered in fondant, I stacked them and added the borders. To make the borders, I cut out a long thin strip of black fondant. And then I attached it to the cake and added the white polka dots which were cut using the smallest cutter of my round plunger set.
The birthday girl's name and numbers
- Next to go on the Minnie Mouse birthday cake were the birthday girl's name and age number plaques. I used my plaque cutters for these and attached the letters and numbers to them before placing them on the cake. For the name, I used Clikstix Groovy alphabet cutter. For the number, I used a different cutter which I purchased from a local cake decorating supplies shop. Once the plaques were on the cake, I added a thin black border for both. The border was piped using my extruder tool that was fitted with a small round disc.
2D Minnie Mouse fondant decorations
- Next were the tiny Minnie Mouse faces all around the second tier. These were cut using my round cutter set. I used a medium cutter for the face and a slightly smaller one for the ears. And then I added the mini bows to each face. I attached the bow with fondant glue so that they are held securely in place.
Polka dots on the Minnie Mouse birthday cake
- Once the bows were done, I added the white polka dots on the top tier. And then I completed the cake deco by poking Minnie’s large ears on the top tier. This was followed by the large bow in front of them. I used fondant glue for the bow so that it would stay in place securely.
And that was how I decorated the pink, 2 tier Minnie Mouse birthday cake.
Like this Minnie Mouse birthday cake idea? Here are my other posts you might want to check out:
- Minnie Mouse Cake for 2nd Birthday
- Minnie Mouse 1st Birthday Cake
- Purple Minnie Mouse Cake with Polka Dots
- Minnie Mouse Cake Idea
- Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Cake
- Sweet Mickey Mouse First Birthday Cake
Here is the full printable version of my Minnie Mouse birthday cake and decorating guide.
Minnie Mouse Birthday Cake - Two Tier Pink Fondant Cake
- Round cutter set
- Round plunger cutter set
- Plaque cutters
- Clikstix Groovy alphabet cutter set
- Number cutter
- Fondant extruder tool
- Pizza cutting wheel
- Cake decorating brush (Fine tipped brush)
- Americolor white food coloring
7 inch round cake
- 360 g self-raising flour
- 360 g castor sugar
- 360 g butter at room temperature
- 6 eggs at room temperature
- 90 ml milk
- ¾ teaspoon baking powder
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
10 inch round cake
- 720 g butter
- 720 g castor sugar
- 720 g self-raising flour
- 12 eggs
- 180 ml milk
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 ½ teaspoon baking powder
- 1 ⅔ teaspoon vanilla essence
Baking the cakes (The cakes are best baked in 2 batches (by tier). Follow the instructions below for each tier)
- Preheat oven to 170 °Celsius.
- Beat butter and sugar till soft and creamy for about 2 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
- In a separate bowl, sift flour, baking powder, and salt. Fold in the sifted ingredients into the creamed mixture alternately with milk, starting and ending with flour.
- Finally, add in vanilla essence and combine well. Pour batter into two greased and floured cake pans and bake for 45 to 50 minutes until the top of the cake springs back when lightly pressed. The cakes are done when a skewer inserted in the center of the cake comes out without any wet batter.
- Remove cakes from oven and let them cool completely before icing and decorating.
How to make the fondant bow
- Follow the tutorial here on how to the bow. The tutorial is for making a large bow and is without the polka dots. For the polka dots, use the smallest cutter in the round plunger cutter set and cut out tiny dots of pink fondant. Attach these to the bow once the bow is complete.
- Make the smaller fondant bows in a similar manner as the large one, but you need not make any folds for the centers. For the polka dots, use the fine tipped cake decorating brush, dip the tip into white gel based food color (undiluted) to mark random tiny white dots on the bows.
How to make fondant Minnie Mouse ears
- Cut the ears out in black fondant (that has been added CMC) using a large round cutter and attach a long wooden skewer into each. Let these set and harden completely before putting them up on the cake.
Baking and preparing the cakes
- Once the cakes are baked and have cooled down, level the tops and fill each tier with buttercream. Crumb coat each tier and cover them separately with fondant. Cover the top tier with pink fondant and the bottom tier with white fondant.
- Next, stack them and add the borders. To make the borders, cut out a long thin strip of black fondant. And then attach it to the cake and add the white polka dots. Cut the polka dots in white fondant, with the smallest cutter of the round plunger cutter set.
The birthday girl's name and age
- Next to go on the Minnie Mouse birthday cake are the birthday girl's name and age number plaques.
- Use a plaque cutter for these and attach the letters and numbers to them before placing them on the cake. For the name, I used Clikstix Groovy alphabet cutter. For the number, I used a different cutter which I purchased from a local cake decorating supplies shop.
- Once the plaques are on the cake, add a thin black border for both. The border can be piped using the fondant extruder tool that is fitted with a small round disc.
Minnie Mouse fondant decorations on the cake
- Next decoration for the birthday cake is the tiny Minnie Mouse faces all around the second tier. You can cut these using round cutters.
- Use a medium cutter for the face and a slightly smaller one for the ears. And then add the mini bows to each face. Attach the bows with fondant glue so that they are held securely in place on the cake.
The polka dots
- Once the bows are done, add the white polka dots on the top tier. Complete the cake decoration by poking Minnie’s large ears on the top tier and add the large bow in front of them. Use fondant glue for the bow so that it would stay in place securely.
And that's pretty much how to make a 2 tier Minnie Mouse birthday cake.
Happy Decorating 🙂