This cake was for my niece’s birthday back in 2009. I used a Wilton cake pan which is a nice start for people starting out in decorating. It’s pretty much like color by numbers; make your colored icing and pipe along the lines until everything is filled in.The cake was just a box cake because I was crunched for time, I cannot remember the brand. I probably also used the Wilton white tub of icing to color my own frosting along with the Wilton dyes.
*I want to make a note right here before I continue: all the baking I do now is from scratch. I make my own cake mixes and frosting. As for the dyes, I have not used all natural ingredients as of yet. This is something I would like to research so I can be completely natural in all of my baking. I’ll make another blog post when I do so.*
I think this is an ok start to making cakes even though there are some obvious mistakes you can see right off the bat. I would also like to point out that this was taken with an old cell phone camera. I haven’t actually taken any food shots with my new camera (Nikon D7000) but I am going to hopefully start this weekend.
Some of the things I learned when doing this cake
1. Make sure you have enough time before the cake has to be delivered! I worked my tail off right up until we walked out the door to go to the party.
2. Only use a little bit of dye when you start coloring your icing. As you can tell, Dora is a bit dark for my liking. If you want it that way well then hey that’s great, but I feel that she is a lot darker than the TV Dora.
3. Make sure you can’t see any gaps in the icing. Piping takes practice.
4. Ice the background first, and then do the character.
5. Do you major outlines first and then fill in.
6. If your hand gets tired, take a break! I have wrist issues so this is a constant reminder for me. It might take longer, but at least you won’t have sloppy work.