I recently made a Spiderman Birthday Cake for my oldest son. This was a really fun cake to make. I used a recipe for fluffy yellow cake from Annie's Eats
. It worked well for layering large tiers and was a fairly simple recipe. I made three batches of this cake batter to fill two 12" layers and two 8" layers. I used two wooden dowel rods in the center of the cakes to help hold the layers together since they were large.
I frosted the cake with an easy buttercream icing
and used paste food colors. I used almost a whole jar of Christmas red to achieve the bright red. I piped the black webbing with an icing bag using more buttercream icing. This icing was great for spreading on the cake, but I would use an icing with shortening next time for piping because the icing was a little drippy and hard to use.
My husband made the silhouette of New York City by rolling out gum paste which he had colored grey and cutting out an outline of the city.
He even made the Brooklyn Bridge and I used a fine tip to pipe the cables.
Check out the dirigible. Such a creative husband!
I have been trying to incorporate more healthy fats into my cooking so I decided to make my buttercream frosting with just real butter and no shortening for my son's first birthday. It worked well for frosting and was delicious. I didn't do anything really elaborate with the decorating so this worked. If you need a stiffer icing, I would suggest using royal icing.
Simple Buttercream Frosting:
1 C. (2 sticks) real butter, slightly softened
4 C. sifted powdered sugar
2 Tbsp. milk
1 tsp. vanilla
Whip all in a mixer until you have a delicious and fluffy frosting. (Start slowly or your powdered sugar will go everywhere.) You can color with icing colors or use as a white frosting.
My sister and brother-in-law recently hosted a Yo Gabba Gabba party for my niece's birthday. They made their own shirts and favor bags. My sister even made the cake. She ordered hand made cake decorations from Etsy. The pictures are so cute, I had to share.