Anyone that follows me on instagram, twitter or Facebook will have seen the Disney Frozen themed cake that I made for my friend’s little girl who turned 5 on March 8th, I decided to do a little ‘sort of’ tutorial to show that anyone can do it! I bought my frozen figures from Cake Craft World at Christmas because we wanted to make a separate kids Christmas cake (there’s A LOT of alcohol in the grown up’s cake!) and decorate it a way that the kids would enjoy – what kid right now doesn’t love Frozen? So we made a really simple Christmas cake using blue fondant and white snowflakes using a snowflake plunger cutter (you can get these really cheaply on Amazon).
But we wanted to do something a bit more exciting for a birthday cake, so I had a little look on Pinterest, which is the first step most amateur bakers take I’m sure and found several designs. I wanted something that was fairly easy to do but had a big impact and didn’t require lots of tools; I don’t have many special cake decorating tools, just bog standard every day tools.
The tools/equipment I used were:
- A pizza cutter
- A veg knife
- A cake turntable (you don’t need one, it just makes life easier)
- Edible glue (you can use apricot jam to stick fondant to cake and water to stick fondant to fondant, but I find edible glue gives a better hold that I’m more confident with)
- A small paint brush
- Wilton colour paste in Sky Blue/Celeste
- Snow Flake plunger cutters
- Tappits for the lettering
- Dr Oetker edible glitter spray
- Edible Lustre Dust (we got this last minute from Tesco)
- A fondant smoother (you can use your hands, but I prefer the smoother because I’m quite heavy handed)
- Grease proof paper
- Ready to roll white fondant
- Rolling pin (acrylic ones are best, but we only have a wooden one)
- Icing sugar in a shaker (again, you don’t need one, it’s just easier to get an even spread on the work surface)
- Frozen Figures
I found this Frozen Cake tutorial from Cake Craft World on YouTube and decided I liked the snow capped top style.
I set to work using a ready made fondant and coloured it blue using a Wilton colour paste in sky blue (or celeste) to match the colour of Elsa’s dress. When you colour white fondant it’s a good idea to have disposable latex gloves (or non latex if you’ve an allergy).
Of course, being an amateur baker things didn’t quite go to plan, when I picked up the fondant to go around the edge of the cake it ripped, but I knew I could easily cover those marks with extra snowflakes!
For the snow cap I used the plain white fondant and cut out a wiggly shape using my (clean) tin as a guide, like the cake tutorial above showed. We iced the board in blue as we wanted to put the lettering spelling ‘Hannah’ on the board in white.
I had some really simple letter cutters but I wanted something a bit more fancy so I found some ‘tappits’, but hadn’t anticipated that they could be quite tricky to use. Again, YouTube came to my aid and I found this tappits tutorial from Debbie Cubbon
I made the fondant extra dry, cut the width I needed, did the little shakey rubby movement, tidied the edges then gave it a huge whack to get the letter out. It was quite difficult and I think I’m lucky that the birthday girl was called Hannah so I only actually needed to perfect 3 letters and a number 5.
I left them to dry on a sheet of grease proof paper and also sprayed them with some Dr Oetker edible glitter spray.
When I put it all together it looked ok, but I knew that it needed extra finishing touches as it seemed so plain. I didn’t want to do the biscuits like the tutorial showed, but to keep it fairly simple and elegant. We added ribbon around the edge of the cake board and the bottom of the cake to make the joins look neater, I used a 1cm thickness of a pale blue ribbon so that it blended in to the cake nicely – we used a little bit of edible glue to secure the ribbon without having to worry about staples or selotape etc.
I’d seen a few other things on Pinterest where people put silver balls on to snow flakes and I thought it looked just right for a Frozen themed cake, so we decided that different sized snowflakes would be perfect for this cake. We also added edible glitter lustre dust on the top and all around to give it a lovely shimmer, fixed the figures in place using edible glue and added some candles for the birthday girl.
And just in case you thought it was too pretty to cut in to…
There was a delicious chocolate cake inside!!
As you can see, by putting a piece of fondant around the side and a separate piece on top it really isn’t too much sugar in one mouthful. There were 15 kids at the party and everyone got a reasonable sized piece with half of the cake left over.
For the cake inside we used chocolate buttercream and cut the cake in to 4 layers so that the cake was moist – there’s nothing worse than dry birthday cake!!