Introducing my ten minute cartoon character bundt cake for a guitar themed party. Of course you can use my simple formula to make a cute cake that works perfectly for you, and best of all less stress and more time to focus on other equally important aspects of the party, like decorations, which after all really make the party.
Quick birthday cakes are the best kind really, in my opinion, after all it does get eaten......okay it is true you have the photos to remember your efforts, but in my book going for a larger scale wow factor with decorations is time more well spent. It may be that is because I don't know my way around icing or fondant or ganach, (and hope to keep it that way) or maybe it is just that after all the years of making fun birthday party decorations for my kids I realize that the cake needs to be a cute element within the whole look, and that can be achieved quite simply, yippee! And I'll admit, last night when I came up with these decorations for the last minute cake my daughter baked for the birthday, it was a huge relief that simple just worked. Especially since the birthday boy was waiting outside to be let into the decorated house when all was ready! A true life story, though of course he knew that he would have to keep himself busy after school, outside of the house, and had even planned this ahead of time, assuming that we would do our usual birthday party routine of surprise decorations.
- a bundt cake (I recommend using silicone forms, so simple and looks great, so much better than a flat cake with the same effort!)
- pour on icing of some kind, either simple sugar glaze or runny ganache
- strips of sour sticks, ribbons actually, I cut mine in half lengthwise
- a stand up cartoon character or little doll or figure of some kind
- corrugated craft cardboard or cardstock, skewers, hot glue and a black permanent marker
- a cake stand....one you have or one you can quickly assemble with an upside down bowl and a large plate
Well I think that supplies list was mostly self explanatory, right? The idea is to have your figure standing in the hole of the bundt cake, and if necessary, cut the hole so it is bigger, or prop the figure up a bit by putting something at the bottom of the hole, like a part of a paper cup cut down. Now of course, it is even cuter if your figure is doing something or holding something, and you can even make a little birthday crown or hat for him. Those tiny touches make the whole thing that much cuter. I only thought of that now, so didn't do it myself, nor did I have time, buy my goofy is holding a light up guitar (keychain) which goes with the guitar theme of the party.
The second part of the cake namely the age medallion and the flags can be done however you like, though in this case symmetry works, so just embrace it?
Hope you enjoyed this little cake tutorial, and that you'll use it sometime when your are in a crunch!