Help Me! Two Tier Toy Story Cake.. Im Pretty New At This! :)

Decorating By ma418 Updated 6 Mar 2012 , 9:39pm by Weaholt

ma418 Posted 16 Mar 2011 , 2:28am
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Hi everyone!

So my son's 2nd birthday is coming up and I want to make him a two (or three) tier toy story cake, I am wanting to re create this cake:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/anita_a_8/4732047631/

OR: im thinking of this cake, with two or three tiers, except the logo will be in the front instead of on top. i would then put some stars on top, and put some toy story figurines around the cake:
http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-784EkLICKMc/TWr_5Ft2DUI/AAAAAAAABIM/b6HaX50LYgE/s1600/272%2BToy%2BStory%2BClouds%2BCake.jpg

what size cake pans do i use?

also, i will be making marshmellow fondant, how much should i use for the entire cake?

how do i make the toy story logo? how do i make the clouds? i have large martha stewart alphabet cookie cutters, and i am concerned they are too big for the logo:
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B000VD8IDM/?tag=cakecentral-20

i did a yo gabba gabba cake last year and it turned out pretty good.. but i havent attempted to make a cake since then.. i apologize for all the questions, i am soooo nervous about doing this again! is there a certain order i need to do everything?

here is what im using for the cake recipe:
http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Too-Much-Chocolate-Cake/Detail.aspx

buttercream icing recipe:
http://whatscookingamerica.net/PegW/ButtercreamIcing.htm

marshmellow fondant:
http://whatscookingamerica.net/PegW/Fondant.htm


ok, i know this is overwhelming, but my mind is totally jumbled right now! i realllly want his cake to be awesome. any advice you guys have is GREATLY appreciated! thanks so much icon_smile.gificon_eek.gif

10 replies
cownsj Posted 16 Mar 2011 , 3:05am
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Pan size: That first photo looks like they did 12", 10" and 8" cakes. I'd just figure out how much cake you need and make the size tiers you need for the number of servings you need.

Logo and Clouds: You can make your own pattern. You can print the logo from your computer, sized to what you need. Cut out the letters and use them as a pattern. You can simply draw the shape you want on paper for the clouds and use it as a pattern. Use your pointed spatula or an exacto knife to cut it out. If you use the exacto knife, make sure you have waste cardboard under your cutting service so you don't cutter your table or countertop.

I don't make my own fondant, so I'll leave that for someone else to help you with. Good luck with your cake, and be sure to post photos for us all to see.

ajwonka Posted 17 Mar 2011 , 7:18pm
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That's the fondant recipe I've always used. Love it!

pmarks0 Posted 17 Mar 2011 , 9:41pm
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You can figure out how much fondant you need from this chart.

http://www.globalsugarart.com/?id=24

ma418 Posted 18 Mar 2011 , 4:27am
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thanks guys!

i have FINALLY decided that this is the cake that i want to re-create:
http://cakecentral.com/gallery/1932594

now, im completely clueless how to do this.. can someone give me a run down on how to make this cake? im running out of time and my little guy already saw the picture of the cake and started freaking out. so it must be done! lol

ashleyisawesome Posted 18 Mar 2011 , 8:12am
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Have you ever done a tiered cake before? You need to make sure the cake recipe your using will hold up when being stacked. I use the WASC recipe because it has always been dense enough to stack/carve/etc... Make sure to use dowel supports between tiers and put each tier on a separate cake board cut down to size.

For the clouds, I suggest just getting an x-acto knife or a fondant cutting tool to cut the shapes and apply them with a little bit of water or tylose glue, the same for the stripes (unless you'd rather pipe them) and the cow print.

I think they probably free-hand cut the letters and fence as well. So maybe print out a pattern and use it to cut out the letters, rather than trying to find cutters of an appropriate size.

For the number on top, MMF will not hold up as is to stand up like this. You're going to need to add tylose or gumtex to it or maybe even buy some gumpaste if you're close on time because you want it to set up hard. Also poke skewers or toothpicks in it while soft so you can stick it in the cake once it's dry.

I think that's pretty much it... Good luck!

ashleyisawesome Posted 18 Mar 2011 , 8:17am
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Also, I'd like to add that a cake that size (6"-8"-10" is what it looks like to me) is roughly 60 party-sized servings.. If you don't need this many, you could always down size it.

LisaPeps Posted 18 Mar 2011 , 10:59am
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This is my downsized version of that cake, I replicated someone elses though.

http://cakecentral.com/gallery/1944391

It's a 6" on top of an 8". I cut out the clouds using the 5 petal rose cutter and then cut off the bottom 2 petals. The wood was modelling chocolate marbled with white fondant and then rolled out and cut into different lengths and angled strips. The logo was done on my cricut cake, but in modelling chocolate... once use that again as it melted in my hands as I tried to attach it icon_sad.gif The rope is the leftover modelling chocolate and fondant from the strips, rolled into sausages and twisted together. I didn't do the cow print as it was just an extra component which I could leave out.

Teialukamom Posted 18 Mar 2011 , 3:19pm
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Hi there!

Isn't Toy Story great?!! I made a Toy Story cake a few weeks ago & had so much fun doing it! My cake was two-tiered, 6" & 8". I cut out most of the clouds by hand, but used a large flower cookie cutter for some and just cut off the bottoms. I made the wooden boards by rolling the fondant on a plastic imprinter I picked up at my local "Michaels." The set I purchased is by Duff Goldman (Ace of Cakes) and included the "wood grain" one & also a "brick road" one which I used to make the yellow brick road on a Wizard of Oz cake, so the set has already paid for itself. icon_smile.gif

http://cakecentral.com/gallery/1955318

Good Luck & have Fun making your cake! It's sure to be a hit!!!


Happy Decorating!

Rebecca

SparkleKat Posted 18 Mar 2011 , 3:41pm
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I made a Toy Story cake for my daughter's birthday last June ...

http://cakecentral.com/gallery/1722715

It was one my first cakes made with fondant but actually very easy. I made all of the fence posts using 50/50 fondant and gum paste and an embossing plate by fmm. I made them all in advance and let them harden slightly. The top was also made in advance using rice cereal treats. (Time is a factor for me since I work full time and cakes are a hobby.) I printed out the clouds and cut them to use as a template. The cowhide was just black fondant 'blobs' rolled extra thin and added to the plain white covered cake. The bandana was bought at a dollar store (hot glued to the underside of the board). I had so much fun making this cake. I hope this helps!

Weaholt Posted 6 Mar 2012 , 9:39pm
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I have just joined this fab site because I'm attempting to make a cake for my daughters birthday. I am going to attempt the cake in the first picture of the originating post. Would someone be able to tell me what they think the depth of each tier is? The middle tier looks fairly deep.

Would I be able to make two separate cakes and put them together for the middle if I don't have a deep enough cake tin?

Thanks in advance
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