I refer to my children as monkeys all of the time, because, let's be honest, the difference between a 5-year-old and a monkey is hair and a tail.
What You Need:
Pattern/Image to Transfer
Piping Gel (similar to corn syrup, found at craft/cake stores or online here.)
Tip #1 and piping bag
"crusting" buttercream. A whipped icing won't work for this. It's possible you could place a cream cheese or non-crusting buttercream in the refrigerator, and allow it to set, and use this technique, but I'm not sure if that would work. (I will test it next time I have a cake iced, and let you know.)
For this cake, I needed a circle of icing in the center, so I outlined it with a large cutter, then piped a spiral onto the cake, and smoothed it with a Viva paper towel.
Prepare the image:
(This image is from a birthday party invitation purchased on Etsy.)
Tape a piece of parchment paper over the image, and outline the picture you want to transfer.
Make the transfer:
You want to make your transfer in a mirror image, because you will then flip it over to get it onto the cake. Using a tip #1 and piping gel, outline the image on the side of the parchment you did not trace. (Besides the fact that you need a mirror image, you also don't want pencil or pen on your cake!)
When you remove it, you will have a clear outline to follow. I know it's kind of hard to see in the photo... you can also tint your piping gel with icing coloring, if you want, but I like the clear, just in case I don't follow the outline 100%.
Decorate the cake:
Click the Links Below to See:
Another Easy Birthday Cake Idea
How to Ice a Cake
Chocolate Buttercream Icing (for decorating)
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