If you can make a bed, you can create an outstanding Toy Story cake that will delight your child and impress your friends. Woody, Buzz, and the whole Toy Story gang can often be found hanging out in Andy's room on the bed, and you can recreate this scene for your party. This cake will fool your guests into thinking you are a pastry genius, but it's deceptively simple to bake and assemble.
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Things you need
- 3 batches of your favourite cake batter
- 22.5 x 32.5 cm (9 x 13 inch) baking dish
- Large wooden cutting board
- Buttercream icing
- Icing knife or spatula
- Icing sugar
- Fondant roller
- 454 g (1 lb) white fondant
- pizza cutter
- 1.36 kg (3 lb) bright blue fondant
- Single wheel quilting embosser
- Cake confetti yellow stars
- 2 Rice Krispie treat squares
- 22.5 x 22.5 cm (9 x 9 inch) piece cardboard
- Gingerbread dough
- Baking tray
- Square muffin pan
- Colourful icing
- Toy story figures
- Piping bag with writing tip
Mix two separate batches of cake batter. You need two 22.5 x 32.5 cm (9 x 13 inch) rectangular cakes. When cool, transfer one cake to a wooden cutting board, which will be the floor in "Andy's room." The cake is Andy's bed. Position it slightly askew.
Ice the top with a thick layer of buttercream. Place the second cake on top of the first. Ice the cake completely with buttercream.
Sprinkle icing sugar on a clean, dry surface and your rolling pin. Roll out the white fondant to a rectangular shape, about 20 x 40 cm (8 x 16 inches), and 1.5 mm (1/16 inch) thick. Give it a quarter-turn every three or four passes with the rolling pin to prevent it from sticking. Use a pizza cutter to trim uneven edges.
Bring your cake near your fondant. Gently take the fondant and transfer it to cover what will be the "headboard" side of the bed, about 1/3 of the cake. This is the sheet sticking out from under the blanket. Smooth it out from top to bottom with your palm and trim around the bottom of the cake with a pizza cutter so the "sheet" meets the "floor." Reserve the scraps.
Roll out the bright blue fondant to a 40 x 40 cm (16 x 16 inch) square, about 1.5 mm (1/16 inch) thick. Trim the edges to make them straight.
Roll over the blue fondant lightly with an embosser to create diagonal lines that resemble a quilting pattern. Space the lines about 2.5 cm (1 inch) apart. Make diagonal lines in the opposite direction for a crisscross pattern.
Bring the cake close to the fondant. Lift the fondant gently and drape it over the rest of the bed. Fold back the edge of the blue where it overlaps the white fondant the way you would fold back a blanket. Smooth it out as much as is necessary to ensure it is sticking to the frosting. Don't ruin the quilt patterns or the natural draped look that resembles a bedspread.
Put stars inside the quilt diamonds. Mold two Rice Krispie treat squares to round off the edges a bit and shape them like pillows. Cover them with white fondant remnants. Place them on the bed.
Round one side of the cardboard square slightly like the top of a headboard. Roll biscuit dough to 3 mm (1/8 inch) thick on a baking tray. Use the cardboard headboard as a template and cut the shape, removing excess dough. Bake as directed and allow it to cool. Attach it with buttercream frosting to the bed.
Mix and bake the last batch of cake mix in square muffin pans. Remove the squares when cool. Frost them and place them on the floor of Andy's room in front of the bed, or along side it.
Write letters on the blocks to spell out the name of the child using icing in a piping bag. Write a message on the floor or headboard as well. Place Toy Story miniature character figures on the bed and blocks.
Tips and warnings
- If the tops of the cakes are too puffy, level them by cutting across the top with a large, serrated bread knife.
- If the fondant is covered with icing sugar, brush it off gently with a pastry brush.
- If you don't want to use cake for blocks, use real blocks, or make blocks by icing Rice Krispie treat squares
- Do not get fondant wet; make sure your hands and tools are dry when working with it.
- Don't use other biscuit doughs, like chocolate chips or sugar cookies, for the headboard. These types of biscuits spread while cooking. Use gingerbread dough because it retains it's shape better while cooking.
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