Friday, June 27, 2014

How To Make A Spiderman Birthday Cake with Fondant

How To Make A Spiderman Birthday Cake with Fondant

How To Make And Decorate A Spiderman Birthday Cake With Fondant

My son turned five in May, and for his birthday we did a few weeks of Spiderman themed things, such as going to see the movie, buying a bunch of Spiderman toys for gifts {and subsequently wrapping them in Spiderman wrapping paper} and having a Spiderman birthday party.  Of course, that meant I had to make him a Spiderman birthday cake for the party, too!

Every year my husband asks me to do a fondant cake for him.  Usually that means I just wrap a made-from-a-box birthday cake with fondant that I make him roll out for me. I stick a few candles in it and call it a day.  I debated a few different options for the Spiderman cake.  In the past I've tried to paint a Thomas the Tank Engine face on my older son's fondant wrapped cake.  It looked like a piece of Thomas the Tank Engine film got left in front of the bulb and melted rather than a cartoon painted version of his favorite tv show.  He was three, so he didn't care much.  But if I was going to serve this at a party, I needed it to at least look half presentable.  I took out my camera on a whim and took photos as I worked, just in case it turned out worthy of sharing with other moms looking for a step by step on how to make a Spiderman face from fondant to stick on a cake!

Here's how I did it:

The Red And Blue Layered Cake~

1.  I used box yellow cake mix, because I didn't have time to make a cake from scratch.  I know, I know.  Not really "Pinterest-worthy" of a step, but sometimes you just gotta do what you gotta do. Especially when you've got a house to clean before a troupe of five year olds trash it again in a few hours.  Priorities.

2.  After preparing the mix according to the directions, I added some red food dye to one pan of batter and blue food dye to the other pan before them in the oven and mixed it in with a spoon. Looking back, I'd have added more blue to the batter, as yellow cake mix plus too little blue food coloring equals aqua cake instead of blue cake. Oh, well.  Live and learn!  You, my dear reader, are learning from my mistakes right along with me!

3.  I baked the cakes and took them out to cool.  Once they were cool, I put them on a cake board on a wooden lazy Susan from Ikea to frost and covered with white icing.  {Can I just make a quick side note here about how amazing I found the idea of putting the cake on a lazy Susan to frost?  And I've always tried to use a spatula to frost a cake, and it's no wonder they always looked like a toddler did it.  A real frosting knife from, yup you guessed it, Wilsons, made such a difference!}  The frosting? Pillsbury baby, because if you're using boxed cake you might as well take the easy route the whole way and use pre-made frosting, too.
How To Make A Spiderman Birthday Cake with Fondant

How To Make A Spiderman Birthday Cake with Fondant

How To Make A Spiderman Birthday Cake with Fondant

How To Make A Spiderman Birthday Cake with Fondant
How To Make A Spiderman Birthday Cake with Fondant

Spiderman Fondant Face

1.  First, I rolled out the red fondant.  You can buy pre-colored fondant from Wilsons.  They have cake decorating sections in every chain craft store, but I actually got mind from Walmart!
How To Make A Spiderman Birthday Cake with Fondant


2.  I had a Spiderman plate {once more from Walmart in their party supplies section} and used that as my template.  I laid it on the fondant and used a knife to cut out the shape of his face.
How To Make A Spiderman Birthday Cake with Fondant

How To Make A Spiderman Birthday Cake with Fondant

How To Make A Spiderman Birthday Cake with Fondant

How To Make A Spiderman Birthday Cake with Fondant


3.  I cut out the eyes from the plate for templates for the black and white parts of his eyes.  Wilsons makes edible sugar paper for cake decorating, and I bought a pack of black and a pack of white edible paper.  Using the cardboard from the plate, I cut the shapes of the eyes out from the edible paper.
How To Make A Spiderman Birthday Cake with Fondant
I folded it in half so that I could cut both eye shapes at once.
How To Make A Spiderman Birthday Cake with Fondant

How To Make A Spiderman Birthday Cake with Fondant


How To Make A Spiderman Birthday Cake with FondantHow To Make A Spiderman Birthday Cake with Fondant


4.  I'd bought some black licorice to initially use for the black lines on Spiderman's mask, but they weren't sticking to the fondant and were rolling back up into the shape they'd been in the box.  I used it to press the pattern of the lines into the fondant instead.
How To Make A Spiderman Birthday Cake with Fondant

How To Make A Spiderman Birthday Cake with Fondant
5. Then, I laid the finished face on the top of the cake and called it a day!

And voila!  Here's my Spiderman Fondant Cake creation!  My five year old was thrilled, our guests were super impressed I made it myself {or at the very least acted super impressed}, and I ended the experience feeling like a Cake Boss.
How To Make A Spiderman Birthday Cake with Fondant


Have you ever made a cake that didn't quite turn out the way you'd expected?  Did you try again or give up?  Share your experiences below, good or bad!  I'd love to hear about it!

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