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How to make a Minnie Mouse cake

Is your home filled with the sounds of Mickey Mouse Clubhouse? You’re not alone. Walt Disney’s loveable squeaky rodent has captured kids’ hearts since 1928 and is still a much-loved animation today.

Mickey’s main squeeze, Minnie, has been by Mickey’s side from the start and she was an honoured guest at my youngest niece’s birthday party. And the challenge was on: How to make a Minnie Mouse cake.

1. Trace Minnie’s face

Parchment paper templates.  Photo by Jennifer Melo

Parchment paper templates.
Photo by Jennifer Melo

Find a Minnie Mouse outline to trace. Online search results, colouring books and birthday party invitations are great sources for tracing. My preferred cake template sources are online where I can instantly zoom in/out to get the right size for my cake surface.

With a pencil, trace Minnie’s face, head and bow onto a sheet of parchment paper.

Cut the outline of her head, face, facial features and signature bow.

Roll fondant flat. Place paper templates on top and use a sharp knife to cut fondant to your desired shapes. Connect and stack your fondant pieces to reassemble Minnie’s face. Stick fondant pieces together with gentle brushstrokes of water.

2. Cover cake board and cake in pink fondant

Cake-decorating tip: Keep your fondant-covered cake board clean by laying strips of waxed paper along the edges. Photo by Jennifer Melo

Cake-decorating tip: Keep your fondant-covered cake board clean by laying strips of waxed paper along the edges.
Photo by Jennifer Melo

Cover your cake board with pink fondant. Use waxed paper as a shield when positioning your frosted cake on the board. Remove your waxed paper strips when your cake is in place and ta da! You have a clean cake board.

Clean cake board.  Photo by Jennifer Melo

Clean cake board.
Photo by Jennifer Melo

 Now here’s the hard part.

Covering large, rectangular or square cakes can be challenging. Practice is the only thing that’s made this task easier for me. I’ve learned I need smooth, pliable fondant and sufficient excess fondant to avoid pleating or cracking at the corners.

Knead and roll out a large sheet of fondant. Measure your cake and add at least 2 inches of excess on each side. It’s better to overestimate and trim rather than underestimate and have to re-roll your fondant, exposing it to air, drying it out, and adding time — and frustration — to your project.

3. Decorate with white polka dots

A piping tip makes a fine cookie cutter.  Photo by Jennifer Melo

A piping tip makes a fine cookie cutter.
Photo by Jennifer Melo

Don’t have a small, round cookie cutter? No problem. A piping tip is all you need to punch perfect circles out of fondant.

4. Add Minnie

Minnie Mouse's fondant face  Photo by Jennifer Melo

Minnie Mouse’s fondant face
Photo by Jennifer Melo

This is the most satisfying part for me because here is when you really start to see the cake come together. Attach Minnie’s face to your cake by sticking it in place with water.

See? Now it’s a Minnie Mouse cake. ;)

5. Add finishing touches
Ribbon and bow cake border Photo by Jennifer Melo

Ribbon and bow cake border
Photo by Jennifer Melo

For a cake border, I drew inspiration from Minnie’s girly accessories. A ribbon and bow seemed like the right finishing touch.

I added a personal message by piping decorating gel letters onto dots.

Tip: Pipe letters onto fondant circles before attaching them to the cake. That way, you can easily redo and swap in/out any letters you’re less than happy with.

Note to self: Must practise piping.

How to make a Minnie Mouse cake? Fondant, parchment paper templates, a few finishing touches and mission complete! Ready, set, Vine time!

 

Minnie Mouse cake complete! Photo by Jennifer Melo

Minnie Mouse cake complete!
Photo by Jennifer Melo

Peppermint candy-topped chocolate chip cookies for Christmas cookie baking

‘Tis the season for baking Christmas cookies. When I recently needed an easy cookie recipe for a company potluck, I chose a classic chocolate chip cookie and gave it a festive twist with crushed peppermint sticks as a topping.

Seeking the best chocolate chip cookie recipe

First things first, I needed a reliable cookie recipe. Baker’s Best Chocolate Chip Cookies was on my must-bake list so I decided to give it a go. As the community manager at Kraft Canada’s what’s cooking, I knew this recipe was a fan-favourite and there’s nothing quite like homemade chocolate chip cookies, right? Right!

Choclolate chip cookie dough.  Photo by Jennifer Melo

Choclolate chip cookie dough.
Photo by Jennifer Melo

I’m happy to report that recipe reviewers were absolutely correct. This cookie tastes incredibly great. So delicious, in fact, that I had to immediately make another batch after my sister, her kids and I quickly polished off the first batch. Hooray for homemade chocolate chip cookies!

Peppermint candy topping

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In order to give these cookies a Christmas touch, I added crushed peppermint sticks for a sweet and minty topping. You could use candy canes if, unlike me, you can practise self control and don’t eat all the candy canes left in sight. I placed three peppermint sticks in a plastic zip-top bag, and then I used a rolling pin to smash and grind them.

To ensure the crushed candies stuck to the cookies, I brushed the baked cookies with simple syrup (boil equal parts sugar and water) and then I sprinkled the crushed candies on top.

That’s it, that’s all. Simple. Delicious. Addictive. I think Santa might approve.

chocolate chip cookies

Photo by Jennifer Melo

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