As a total cake novice, I tried to make a Pikachu birthday cake for my son’s birthday. And, well… you’ll see…
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I’ve never been able to make great looking cakes, no matter how much Pinterest tries to tell me I can be a master cake artist. Case in point, my daughter’s two tiered Hello Kitty cake disaster a few years ago:
It turned out decent (final version is on the right) and she loved it, which is all that matters. But I learned that me and fondant are not friends. We’re not even frenemies.
But since I never learn from my mistakes I tackled a Pikachu cake this year for my son’s birthday.
I got the silicon Pikachu cake mold from Amazon and the cake mix and icing from Wal-Mart.
I read in some reviews of the mold that you want to fill only the main face portion of the mold with cake batter for the first half of the baking time, then fill the ears for the last half. That’s what I did and it worked out great.
It’s a pretty small mold so I poured the rest of the batter in a standard 9 inch round cake pan for the base of the two tier cake. See, I told you I learn nothing. I tempted fate by trying another two tier cake.
After the cake was fully cooked and cooled I put the Pikachu face cake on top of the standard 9 inch round base layer.
At this point it looked like pure chocolate. Imagine if that was solid dark chocolate. Wait, sorry, I was daydreaming.
Next I covered it all in yellow icing, except for the parts that I planned to use different color icing on. I used a container of icing that was already yellow. But you could use your favorite flavor icing and add yellow food coloring.
At this point Pikachu looked like something out of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre.
So I did my best to fill the features with colored icing. Black for the tips of the ears, eyes and nose. And red for the cheeks and tongue. Also a dollop of white for the center of the eyes.
Aside from looking like he has a bit of a skin condition, it’s not the worst looking cake in the world.
And after adding some sprinkles because they came with the yellow icing container and because well, why not.. my son saw it for the first time and immediately said, “Hey, that looks like Pikachu!” So, mission accomplished.
And I did something a little different for the birthday treats that I sent to school with my son. Our school’s rule is that all treats have to be store-bought, not homemade. And I’m just guessing, but I doubt teachers love 20 little kids with cupcake icing all over their hands and faces. So I went with these bags of mini muffins. And I lucked out and found special edition ones that were chocolate with party confetti sprinkles. Score! My son was super excited about them.
And I added these adorable Pokeball tags to say thanks to his classmates for celebrating his special day.