I made this polka dots purple Minnie Mouse cake for a first-year birthday. This is not my original design, I replicated it based on the image provided by my customer. I must say, I am totally pleased with the way Minnie’s face and the bows turned out!
Purple Minnie Mouse Cake for 1st Birthday
I actually made an attempt to trace the original designer of this cake, but when I did a search on the internet, I found not one, but MANY similar images of this cake made by many other bakers! This polka dots purple Minnie Mouse cake design is so popular, there are so many versions of it on the internet and I totally could not trace the original designer (if you happen to know, please let me know here, or in the comments section at the end of this page so that I can give due credit to the deserving designer).
So back to this purple Minnie Mouse cake that I made. It was a single-tier cake. And Minnie’s face topper was in styrofoam. I don’t have any step by steps photos of how I made the topper, but hopefully, the tips below will help.
How to Decorate a Polka Dots Purple Minnie Mouse Cake:
Main supplies needed:
- Minnie mouse face topper – The topper was handmade using styrofoam and covered in fondant. See below for details on how I made this topper.
- Cake – this is a single-tier cake made with my butter pound cake recipe. Click here for the recipe.
- Buttercream – I used vanilla buttercream to fill the cake and crumb coat it.
- Fondant – I used Satin Ice fondant for this project. The entire cake was in light purple fondant. I also used fondant to make the butterflies and flowers on the cake as well as to make the Minnie Mouse topper.
- Gum paste – I used gum paste for the 2 bows on the cake; one on Minnie Mouse and the other at the base of the cake. Gum paste is the best medium because it can be rolled really thin. And since the bows were large, it is really important that they are not too heavy or they will not be able to stay on Minnie’s head and the side of the cake.
- Flower wire and lollipop sticks– the flowers and butterflies on this purple Minnie Mouse cake were wired. I attached them to the cake with the help of lollipop sticks.
- Butterfly cutters and flower cutters – These were to make the butterflies and flowers on the cake.
- Alphabet Cutters – I used Clixstix alphabet cutters for the wordings on the cake.
- Shortening and fondant glue – I used both these mediums as the glue to attach the deco on the cake. I used fondant glue to attach both the bows. Shortening was for everything else.
Purple Minnie Mouse Cake for a 1st Year Birthday
Assembling the purple Minnie Mouse cake:
- I made the Minnie Mouse topper and the bows in advance. These need time to set and therefore were made 2 days in advance. Once dry and set, I attached Minnie’s bow to her head. I left it lying flat so that it could get attached securely to the topper. The other bow had to wait until the rest of the cake deco was completed. Hence I simply left it aside until ready for use.
Minnie Mouse Topper
- Like I mentioned earlier, the topper was made out of styrofoam. I got Minnie Mouse’s face image from the internet. The image was downloaded and scaled to the size I wanted before being printed it out. I then cut it along its outline and used the template to cut my styrofoam. I used a battery operated foam cutter). Next, I rolled black fondant into a thin sheet and used the paper template to make 2 cutouts. I attached both on each side of the styrofoam. For the sides, I cut out a long fondant strip. The strip was in the same width as the styrofoam topper. I attached it all around the sides and smoothed the edges.
- For the face, I used Ivory fondant and used my paper template to cut out the face. And I repeated the same process for the rest of the facial features. Finally, I attached one of the bows on her head. I left the topper lying flat to allow the bow to dry and secure in place.
- As for the bows, to make the polka dot design, I cut out the gum paste for the bow. And then attached the purple polka dots with fondant glue before I shaped the bow. Follow the tutorial here to learn how to make the bow. Just increase the width of each loop when you cut your rolled gum paste to increase the size.
Assembling the purple Minnie Mouse cake
- The next step for the purple Minnie Mouse cake was the flowers and butterflies. I had cutters for these and attached the fondant cutouts to floral wires. I made these in both purple and white.
- To assemble this sweet purple-themed cake, I did all the usual stuff. I layered, filled, and crumb coated the cake. And then I covered the cake with purple fondant. Next, I cut out the wordings and attached them to the cake and cake board with shortening. To attach the Minnie Mouse topper, I inserted 2 wires to the bottom of Minnie’s face and then inserted the wires into 2 lollipop sticks. I then poked the topper with lollipop sticks into the cake. The lollipop sticks are to prevent direct contact of the wire with the cake. See the image below from my mini flower pot cake tutorial on how I inserted the floral wire into a lollipop stick before poking it into my cake.
- After Minnie Mouse’s face, I attached the purple and white flowers and butterflies in a similar manner. This was followed by the white polka dots all over the cake in random order.
- Once the polka dots were done, I attached a plain thin rolled purple border for the cake, attached the side ribbons before putting on the bow. I had to support it by gently tying a ribbon around the cake to hold it in place until the glue dried and the bow secure in place.
And that’s that. My polka dots Purple Minnie Mouse cake.
Pretty in Purple Minnie Mouse Cake with White Polka Dots
Happy Decorating 🙂