Anyone looking for a Timmy Time birthday cake idea? Here is one such cake I made for my youngest boy’s 1st birthday. And why did I choose Timmy Time? Because it was his favourite show then! I still remember how he would shake his body while holding on to our coffee table, dancing to the song from the Timmy Time show every afternoon. And this was at an age when he was not even able to walk properly yet!
Timmy Time birthday cake
If you have watched Timmy Time before, you will notice that there will be hardly any words spoken in the show, its all merely the different sounds made by the characters as they carry on the show. Its quite amazing how plain action-based shows like this can attract toddlers’ attention so well.
The main character in the show is Timmy the lamb and each episode will depict his various adventures in school, along with his friends, Yabba the duckling, Mittens the kitten, Otus the owlet and a handful of other animal characters.
So back to the birthday cake. Since my boy at the age of one, enjoyed the music and the show so much, I decided to make him a Timmy Time themed cake for this 1st birthday. It was a double barrel cake measuring 7 inches in diameter. The cake was decorated in both buttercream and fondant and I made 4 toppers based on the characters from the show with Timmy being the main topper. Let see how I made and decorated the Timmy Time birthday cake below:
How to Make Timmy Time Birthday Cake
These were the main supplies I used for the cake:
- Cake – This was a 7 inches double barrel cake, with a total height of 8 inches. I baked the cake in 2 batches, 2 layers in each batch. I used my butter pound cake recipe for the cake.
- Buttercream – I used buttercream to fill the cake as well as to cover the cake.
- Fondant – I used Satin Ice for all the fondant work on this cake, including the 3D Timmy Time characters. The colors I used were blue, green, white, black and orange. For the yellow and maroon, I tinted white with Wilton Golden Yellow and Americolor Maroon food colors.
- Gum paste – I used very little gum paste on this cake and that was only for the “Happy Birthday” wordings. This was Satin Ice too.
- CMC powder – I added this powder to my fondant when making the 3D characters as well as the 3D lettering on the cake. CMC helps fondant dry faster and harder, making it easier for the 3D decorations to hold their shape.
- Gold edible dust and lemon extract – I mixed these to make edible gold paint which I painted on the star and heart cutouts on the cake as well as the “Happy Birthday” wordings.
- Fondant glue & shortening.
- Floral wire –The balloon string on the cake was actually wire, and I used one 26 gauge wire for this.
- Plaque cutter – I used this to cut out the plaque that carries the words ‘Happy Birthday” on the cake.
- Alphabet cutters – I used 2 different types of cutters. The smaller font for “Happy Birthday” was cut using Tappit block letter cutters while the larger ones on the cake board that spelled my boy’s name were cut from a set of alphabet cutters I purchased from a local cake decorating supplies shop.
- Extruder tool – I used this to pipe out thin fondant strips which I used to frame the plaque on the side of the cake as well as to decorate the cake top. I also used the extruder tool to make the rope border for the cake.
- Plunger cutters – I used plunger cutters in round, star and heart shapes.
- Fondant shaping tools – these were used mainly when making the 3D figurines.
This was how I put the Timmy Time birthday cake together:
The 3D cake toppers
- I started with the 3D figurines ahead of time. That gave these figurines adequate time to dry and set hard. All the figurines were formed by hand with the help of my fondant tools for shaping the different parts of the figurines. To make sure I get the figurines as close as possible to the actual Timmy Time characters, I printed out the images from the internet and had them close by to refer to while making them.
- I made a total of 4 characters – Yabba the duckling, Mittens the kitten, Otus the owlet and finally the hero, Timmy the lamb. Since Timmy was standing on his feet on the cake, I had to use a wooden skewer to support his structure. I had the thin skewer inserted through one of his legs so that the weight of Timmy’s body does not compress his legs when put up on the cake. Also, the skewer helped in making sure Timmy was able to stand stable on the cake. The rest of the figurines were not supported.
Timmy Time Cake Topper
Yabba the duckling cake topper for the Timmy Time Cake
Mittens the kitten and Otus the owlet cake toppers for the Timmy Time Cake
3D letters and balloon
- I also made the 3D letters and the balloon Timmy was holding in advance. These were made using fondant that has been added CMC.
Baking the cake
- As for the cake itself, once baked, I leveled all layers, sandwiched them with buttercream and stacked them all up. And then I applied a thin layer of buttercream crumb coat.
Decorating the Timmy Time birthday cake
- To decorate the cake, I started with the background colors of bright green and blue. I divided my buttercream into 2 bowls and tinted one with Americolor electric green and the other in royal blue food colors. And then I filled the icing into 2 different piping bags. I started with the green and halfway up the cake, I switched to blue. I continued with the blue icing right to the top of the cake and including the top. And then, using an icing scraper, I smoothed the sides of the cake as well as the top.
- Next, I cut out lots of circles using my round plunger cutter in blue, green and white fondant. And then, I attached them to the cake, starting from the bottom all the way to the top. Since I was putting them on buttercream, I did not need to use any ‘glue’. The buttercream was able to hold them in place well.
- I also used the circle cut outs for the cake top, in addition to a large light green cut out in the centre of the cake and a couple of layers of fondant strips from my extruder tool.
The Happy Birthday plaque
- Next was the “Happy Birthday” plaque and the letters themselves. The plaque was cut out of fondant while the letters were cut in white gum paste. I painted the gum paste letters with edible gold paint. I then let the paint dry completely before attaching the letters onto the plaque with shortening. And then I attached the plaque onto the side of the cake (used shortening as the glue) before adding a white frame to it. The frame was piped out using my extruder tool.
- After the plaque, I cut out more white circles. I attached them in one row, all around the middle of the cake. And then I added gold painted heart cut outs on them, leaving a gap of one circle cut out in between each heart. I also added gold painted stars on the cake at distant intervals before adding a light green rope border around the cake. The border was piped out of my extruder tool too.
- Next to go onto the cake was my son’s name. I ‘glued’ the letters onto the cake border, to make sure they are remained in place intact. And, in placing the name on, I made sure its balanced and centred and in line with the plaque I attached to the cake earlier.
Adding the Timmy Time cake toppers
- And finally, I added the animal toppers on. Except for Timmy, all the other 3 were just placed on the side of the cake, on the cake board. I did not glue them down as they were quite stable that way already. As for Timmy, the wooden skewer I had on one of his legs helped to hold him in place on the birthday cake.
Timmy Time Birthday Cake for 1st Year Birthday
And that’s that. Timmy Time birthday cake for my son's 1st birthday.
Hope you like this Timmy Time birthday cake idea.
Happy Decorating 🙂