Special occasions often call for special cakes. For a baby shower or a child's birthday, a novelty cake is often the choice. Create your own cake by cutting the cake layers into a creative shape. Add details with frosting to make your novelty cake come alive. Choose your theme and create a novelty cake for your special party using colourful frosting and details.
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Things you need
- Serrated knife
- Pastry brush
- Paper towels
- Food colouring paste
- Pastry bag
- Pastry tips
Use a dense cake, such as pound cake, for making a novelty cake. A dense cake will hold together better when applying frosting.
Cut your cake into appropriate shapes for your novelty cake using a serrated knife in a sawing motion. Level the top of the cake with the serrated knife to create a flat surface. Arrange the cake pieces to form your novelty character or object.
Brush crumbs from the cake using a pastry brush.
Crumb coat the top and sides of the cake to keep stray crumbs from getting into your frosting. Apply a thin layer of butter cream frosting over all surfaces of the cake with a spatula. Place the cake in the refrigerator to harden the frosting. Apply a second thin layer of frosting to create a crumb-free surface for your frosting.
Apply a large amount of frosting to the tops of the cake pieces. Spread the frosting over the top of the cake moving toward the edges with a spatula. Keep any stray crumbs from getting into the frosting. Wipe any crumbs that adhere to the spatula with a paper towel.
Spread the icing down the sides of the cake with the spatula. Add additional icing until the entire cake is covered.
Smooth the icing by placing the spatula along the side of the cake perpendicular to the cake base. Turn the cake slowly, holding the spatula along the side of the cake. Continue to turn the cake until the icing on the sides is smooth.
Smooth the tops of the cake pieces by holding the spatula parallel to the top of the cake. Smooth the icing as you slowly turn the cake. Wipe excess icing from the spatula as you go. Continue until the cake icing is smooth.
Tint frosting in appropriate colours to decorate your novelty cake. Place small amounts of your frosting in bowls. Add food colouring paste to the frosting to get your needed colours. Add small amounts of the paste at a time until the correct colours are achieved.
Place the coloured frosting in a pastry bag. Pipe the coloured frosting onto the cake to create the details for your novelty cake. Use different size pastry tips for different effects such as words, flowers and dots.
Tips and warnings
- Bake your cake a day in advance if possible. If not, place the cake in the freezer for 30 to 45 minutes before frosting it for firmer layers.
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