I need to make a buttercream cake with a Jayhawk on it. (http://www.sportslogos.net/logos/view/t96oee4doe8n2oxaft7f/Kansas_Jayhawks/2006/Primary_Logo)
I see so many beautiful cakes piped with perfection. I have tried frozen buttercream transfers which were OK but not my first choice. Are people just freehand artists that pipe the design?
This cake for example - how would I do this?
That looks like a FBCT to me. If that's not working for you, try using melted chocolate or candy melts with the same process as the FBCT. Of course no need to freeze it though, just print the reverse image, tape down wax or parchment paper over it, and then pipe melted chocolate or candy melts in the appropriate colors. When it's cool you should be able to gently peel off the paper and place it on the cake.
Since the piping on that image isn't flat, I doubt that's a transfer, although a transfer would work. Unfortunately most of those perfect designs are done using a projector. Down facing projectors are pricing, or you can buy a cheaper one, but you'll have to make a stand for it to be down facing and spend more time getting the sizing just right.
AFondant will take more time, but I prefer the cleaner look, here's an example of a sports logo cake.
I prefer using chocolate, as Frosted Moon suggested. I've skipped the usual transfer method though and just printed the image with acetate (or wax paper/whatever you have handy) and just piped like you would on a cookie. It dries much quicker but it isn't as thick as a FBCT so you'll need to be extra careful.
Not sure if this is what you are looking for, but have you thought of printing the image out on edible paper and the mounting it on a gumpaste plaque?
Thanks for the replies - that must be it, a projector! Do many people use those?
Yep! Lots of people use them for cakes and for cookies! You can get a cheap one from the craft store ($30 with coupon) and put it on a table or music stand to project down, but it takes some fooling with. The ones made to project down are pricey….I use mine for spacing. I am good at free handing but getting it perfectly spaced on the cake it a learning process!