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
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
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.
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
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
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
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!