Mickey Mouse Birthday Cake
by Missy Williams
For this Mickey Mouse birthday cake, I used one 14" round pan and two 8" round pans. My cake was chocolate with whipped cream frosting filling, but you can make whatever flavor you like. I used buttercream icing: vanilla for the majority of the cake and chocolate for the ears and other black decorations.
I started off with a basic chocolate cake recipe. I multiplied the recipe by 3 times to make enough for such a large cake.
Before filing the 14" cake, I put an upside down flower nail in the center so it would bake more evenly. I also used 2 Wilton bake-even strips on the outside of the cake pan to help with baking it evenly. I never make a cake without these and with such a large cake using both the strips and the flower nail worked out great!
I used the large cake pan as a guide to cut 8" cakes for the ears by lying them down in the shape of Mickey's head. I had originally planned on making two separate cakes and filling the layers, but the cake was so high and cooked so evenly that I ended up torting it and filling it as is.
Then I filled the two 8" round cakes and torted them as well. To secure the cakes, I put icing down on a 1/2 sheet cake board so they set in place and didn't move while icing or transporting the cake.
To fill the cakes, I made homemade whipped cream frosting. This was the first time I made this, but it was fairly easy and I liked it so much better than the packaged stuff.
Whipped Cream Frosting:
1 cup heavy whipping cream (35-45
1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 tblsp granulated white sugar
Mix all the ingredients together with a whisk then cover the bowl and the whisk and chill for 30 min. Once chilled, whisk it until stiff peaks form. (This took longer than I anticipated to get it stiff enough - about 7-10 min.)
I used a piping bag to make a border around the edge of the cake about 1/4-1/2" in on the first layer to make like a damn. Then I spooned in the rest of the whipped cream filling. Using a spare cardboard cake plate, I kind of shimmied the cakes on top so they wouldn't fall apart and set them in place.
To the ice the outside of the cake I used a simple buttercream icing recipe (I multiplied this by 6 times to make my Mickey Mouse birthday cake):
3 cups powdered sugar
1/3 cup softened butter
1 Tbsp vanilla extract
1/4 milk (or water)
For the chocolate icing, I separated out about 1/4 of the icing into a container then added 1 Tbsp of cocoa powder, another 1/2 Tbsp of vanilla, and about 1 more Tbsp of milk. Then added black food coloring until it was the right color. I used almost an entire container of black gel food coloring.
First, cream the butter. Then add each ingredient one at a time beating with an electric mixer. I recommend beating the mixture for a few minutes before adding all of the milk or water because it will thin out a bit as you mix it and you want to be sure to get the right consistency.
Once you get a thin consistency, you can divide up the icing into the separate containers for each color. I didn't use specific measurements and just eyeballed it, but you need a good amount of red for the sides and the border - about 1/3 of your icing add red food coloring, about 1/4 for the black to the chocolate recipe (see above), about 1/4 cup.
I added a tiny bit of brown food coloring with a little yellow and red to make the skin color, a small amount I saved for white for the eyes and a little more to make yellow.
I iced the red icing around the sides first and then used the chocolate icing with black food coloring on the ears, nose and other areas. I first used a piping bag with a writing tip to outline the shape then filled it with a spatula. Then I did the same thing with the cream-colored for his face, white for his eyes and red for his tongue.
Once that icing around the sides set, I used parchment paper to smooth out the sides. In retrospect it may have been easier and looked better to use a star tip and pipe the whole thing though.
Once all the base was done, I added the finishing touches. For the borders, yellow dots and her name, I made a medium consistency by adding more powdered sugar until it was the right consistency. I used a large round tip for the yellow dots and for the border.
Then I wrote the birthday girl's name with a flat tip in black for the outline and used a smaller star tip to fill it in with yellow icing. Once all the dots were set, I just used my finger to push in any points that were sticking up so they would be round.
The birthday girl was so excited with this Mickey Mouse birthday cake and everyone said it was great. I wish I would have made some extra for myself!