When a friend asked me to make first birthday cakes for her twin girls... that had the likeness of their favorite stuffed animals on them, I scratched my head a little bit, because while I love making cakes, I'm just not a cake artist like some of those people you see on TV.
Cake board or cookie sheet
Printed picture of your decoration*
Icing colors/tips for design
*Remember, if you're making money off of a cake, you can't use a copyright or trademarked image.
*Note: I used a small tip #1 here for the outline. I regretted that decision. Use a tip 2 or 3. Yes, it will be a thick outline, but these suckers break really easily. The thicker the outline, the stronger you can let it be.
my post about royal icing for specific details on making the flood icing.)
See, if you look there on the left side of the face you can see that my thin, little outline didn't hold up.
Always make spare decorations to allow for breakage. I didn't do this and regretted it!
Now, you want to let these dry for at least 48 hours, maybe longer if they're at all thick, or use a lot of black or red (those seem to take longer to dry for me).
Remove the tape from the cardboard or cookie sheet. You want to be very careful that you don't try to "bend" the paper, that's when they can crack. So, keeping the paper, very straight, use the edge of a counter top to pull the paper down, and allow the decoration to come free.
I noticed that my decorations weren't completely flat- from using a cake board that wasn't completely flat. Be smarter than me. Make sure the surface you pipe them onto is truly flat.
Rich Chocolate Cake recipe and covered it with Vanilla Buttercream and the decorations.
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