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Minnie Mouse Cake Tutorial (Part 1)
Jaqui

Minnie Mouse Cake Tutorial (Part 1)

by Jaqui
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Any avid Disney lover will fall head over heels for this gorgeous Minnie Mouse cake! Inspired by the iconic Disney character, this celebration cake is perfect for pretty much anyone of any age, whether it be for a Christening, Birthday, or any other occasion! You could also adapt this design to make a Mickey cake - just leave out the eyelashes, blusher and bow and change the colour of the sugarpaste to red and you've got a classic design! You can of course experiment with colours, and so you don't have to stick with the hot pink theme we have chosen here. Why not go for a classic red, or even baby pink for a cute look. This is part 1 of a 2 part tutorial.

you will need...

  • 8" Sponge Cake
  • 11" Cake Drum
  • Black Grosgrain Ribbon - 15mm
  • PME Sugarpaste - Hot Pink
  • White Sugarpaste
  • Black Sugarpaste
  • Skin Coloured Sugarpaste
  • Sugar Florist Paste - Black
  • Deep Pink Sugar Blossoms
  • PME Round Cutter Set x 3
  • FMM Straight Frill Cutters 1-4
  • Double Sided Fondant Cutters
  • Cake Pop Sticks
  • PME Cutting Wheels
  • Serrated & Tapered Cone Tool
  • Flat Dusting Brush
  • Shimmer Pink Lustre Dust
  • Edible Glue

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instructions

Before you can start to decorate your beautiful Minnie cake, you firstly need a cake! Two, in fact. The first one needs to be a standard round cake (any flavour of your choice) and this needs to be covered with hot pink sugarpaste. Here we have used an 8” cake and found this works well with the design, but of course you can choose whatever size you like. The second cake needs to be a semi-circle and you can make this using a half-circle cake pan (roughly 5 or 6” diameter at the base). Cover this completely in black sugarpaste. The last thing you'll need is a cake board, approximately 3” bigger than the bottom-tier of the cake. Cover this in white sugarpaste and decorate the edge with black grosgrain ribbon. Save some of the ribbon for later in the tutorial.

Decorating The Bottom Tier

1. So you've covered your cake in hot pink sugarpaste and your drum in white sugarpaste. It's time to start decorating! Firstly, roll out a piece of white sugarpaste to roughly 1mm thick and use a small round cutter to create lots of small circular shapes.

2. Begin to stick the white circles to your cake one by one using edible glue. You may find it useful to mark on your cake, using the cone modelling tool or a cocktail stick, where you want the circles to go before you glue them on. This will ensure a nice, even pattern around your cake.

3. Once you have covered the cake in a polka dot pattern, you can start to decorate around the bottom of the cake. Using the FMM Sugarcraft Straight Frill Cutter Set (No's 1-4), cut out a trim from white sugarpaste. The sugarpaste should be rolled out to roughly 1-2mm in thickness. You can see on the tutorial photos which cutter we have used from the set for this. Wrap the patterned trim around the base of your cake, securing into place using a little edible glue. You may need to repeat this step a couple of times to cover the circumference of the cake.

4. Next, take some of the deep pink sugar blossoms and stick these to the trim around the base of the cake. We have placed one flower in every other 'scalloped edge' of the trim, but you can choose to arrange these however you like. Again, you can use a little edible glue to stick these into place.

Decorating Minnie's Head

5. Now you have successfully decorated the bottom tier of the cake, it's time to turn your attention to the top tier: Minnie's face. The first step, once you have covered the cake in black sugarpaste, is to make the ears. To do this, you're going to need to use some black sugar florist paste. This will ensure that the ears dry hard enough to hold their upright shape. Roll the sugar florist paste out to approximately 0.5cm thick, and then use the straight edge of the 3.5" round double sided fondant cutter to create two circles.

6. Next you'll need to carefully cut a cake pop stick in half to make two shorter sticks to insert into the ears. This will help to hold the ears in place. Holding an ear in one hand, gently push one of the sticks through one end of the ear until it reaches the centre of the circle. If you find that the cake pop stick easily pierces through the sugar florist paste, it may be that the ear is too thin.

Face

7. Set the ears to one side to dry, and begin to work on the face. Take a piece of skin coloured sugarpaste and roll this out to roughly 1mm thick. This next part can be a little tricky, so take your time. Start by cutting a long straight line across the base of your sugarpaste, and then use a small cutting wheel to create the shape of Minnie's face. Start with the cheeks, and then work your way upwards to the top of the face. The top part resembles a heart-shape, so use this as a guide when cutting. Also use your cake as a guide - you want to make the face roughly the same width as the cake. Once you're satisfied with the shape you can stick this to the front of your cake.

Eyes

8. Now you have the main foundation of Minnie's face made, it's time to add the details! Starting with the eyes, cut out two elongated oval shapes using the cutting wheel, and then slice off the ends to give them a flat base.

9. Repeat step 8 for the black part of the eyes, only this time make them smaller so that they fit inside the white parts. Stick these on top of the whites of the eyes so that they meet in the middle, and then finish off by adding two small white circles to the upper left-hand corners of the black parts of the eyes.

Nose

10. Now it's time to make the nose! Simply roll a piece of black sugarpaste, around the size of a grape, into a smooth, chunky oval shape. Add a small ball of white sugarpaste to the upper left hand corner of the nose for extra character.

11. Stick both the eyes and the nose to the front of the face. The base of the eyes, when placed together, should form a slight semi-circle and should be approximately 0.5" above the nose.

Eyelashes & Cheeks

12. At the moment your cake may look as though it can't decide whether it wants to me Minnie or Mickey! Well for the sake of this tutorial we want it to be Minnie, so this is where we add the eyelashes and blusher and other quirks to make it appear more Minnie-like. If you're making a Mickey cake, then you can leave out this step. Start by making the lashes, which are simply three small pieces of black sugarpaste rolled into sausage shapes. Roll the ends of the sausages really thin and then curve these upwards to make a realistic, fluttering eyelash effect.

13. Stick the eyelashes onto the corners of each eye using either a very small amount of edible glue, or water. You can now also add some eyebrows, a smile and a line under the eyes to give them definition. These were all made by rolling small pieces of black sugarpaste into thin sausage shapes and fixing into place, similar to how you made the eyelashes.

14. To finish off Minnie's face, give her some adorable rosy cheeks using a medium sable brush and some shimmer pink lustre dust. Lightly dust the cheeks in circular motions, a little bit at a time. You can always add more if you want the cheeks to really stand out, or less for a more subtle look.

15. The final step of part 1 is to make two holes in the sides of Minnie's head, where you want the ears to sit. The easiest way to do this is by using the end of a paint brush (the end of a paint brush is more pointed than a cake pop stick and will slide in easier). Make sure the hole is deep enough for the cake pop sticks to sit in, and remember you can always test this with a cake pop stick itself before going ahead and using the real thing.

 

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