It all began with a picture on Facebook. A well known kids celebrity in these parts has three children, and his son recently celebrated a birthday. His wife was stricken with a bug, so he made the cake. A batman cake. A pretty darn good cake if you ask me, with yellow frosting and black icing for the bat symbol. He posted the finished results on Facebook, and my son spied the picture.
“That’s what I want, a batman cake for my birthday, ” he announced.
The Professor has never asked for any kind of character cake before. Every year he wants the same thing-a chocolate cake with chocolate frosting. So this was a bit of a surprise. He even continued to talk about the cake long after he saw it. I figured he would have forgotten about it by now. So I was on the hook for a batman cake and two dozen batman cupcakes for school. Easy feat you say? Perhaps for you, but not for me, the ADD Chef. Let me introduce you to the last cake I made:
It’s supposed to be a princess castle cake, but it really looks like Madonna with her cone boobs lying down. I always thought it but never said it. When I posted it for the blogging world to see on Facebook and Twitter, people said what I was thinking. Oh thank goodness it’s not just me. However, I must point out that my daughter thought it was absolutely wonderful. And I did take away a valuable lesson from this: don’t use storebought frosting if you want to do anything remotely fancy!
SO back to the whole batman thing: I spent quite some time on Pinterest and online ahead of time, trying to find some inspiration to proceed. All I wanted was a cake with REGULAR FROSTING. I don’t do fondant, and I don’t do fancy cakes, because I can’t. As I kept searching, I really started to feel pretty lousy about myself, because, well, have you BEEN on Pinterest??? My past cakes consist of the above cake and a bunch of cakes with storebought frosting tinted with food coloring and covered with sprinkles.
It was a comedy of errors, only I wasn’t laughing much. Mainly because I have been kicked in the kadoomus by some mysterious ailment (bronchitis) and was ready to cry at the drop of a hat because I felt so crappy. I had several people tell me to just give in and go buy a cake at the HyVee bakery. I would rather drag my body into the kitchen and make cupcakes while lying on the floor than go to the bakery for those sugary things.
I found a great template online ahead of time. My plan was to make the cupcakes and cake, make the frosting, and then print out the template to make little bitty batman symbols and a big one. When it was time to retrieve the template, the printer quit working. I mean, the printer works, but my computer forgot it had a program. Stupid HP. My Kodak is still without a working anything, since they think I need to buy a brand new printer to replace one that isn’t even two years old. Talk about planned obsolescence! The other printer is an HP, and HP printers are the Dorys of the printer world. Then I couldn’t find the cd-rom for that printer, of course, because it’s the ADD person’s law. If I knew where the ADD handbook was, I’d happily show you the page with the rules.
Meanwhile back at the batcave: I made the cupcakes and froze them so they would be easier to frost. I being the wonderfully organized (and sick) person I am I screwed around with the computer so much trying to get the printer to work that I started making the frosting at 10:30 at night. I had found the Wilton food coloring paste at Hobby Lobby on clearance to tint the stuff, which was the only thing that actually worked out for me. Surprisingly the homemade buttercream frosting turned out pretty yummy-not wonderful looking (other than the color), but good enough to use to frost. I still didn’t have bat symbols, however, and I was running out of time. The 11th hour desperate attempt involved me putting a piece of paper up to the screen and tracing the symbol with a dry-erase marker. I figured I could just bypass the missing program and resize the image on the scanner. Apparently you can’t do that. At that point I marched back into the kitchen and started drawing on bat symbols with the sparkly black writing icing. This was going to have to be good enough.
As someone who doesn’t really like cake, but is a big fan of Ace of Cakes purely for the geek factor going on there, I’m sad. Yes I know the show was cancelled a while ago, but I know the bakery is still going.
And I still hadn’t made the other cake yet… Actually I had, but I used the wrong kind of pan, and it literally sunk in the middle. I even tried to flip it over to frost it, and the middle FELL OUT! I was out of cake mix and had to go get more. Since I bought it at the local grocery store instead of driving to town, it was like an $8 box of cake mix. I ended up making the cake at 8:30 the next morning, but then had to leave again to go get powdered sugar for frosting, because I was out. It takes a lot of powdered sugar to make frosting, but in the end it’s not only cheaper, but also better tasting and easier to use!
I ended up decorating the cake in the afternoon. My batman symbol that I had hastily drawn became the visual inspiration for the big cake. As I’ve said before, I’m not real good at free hand. I drew the symbol on with the black icing, and then filled it in with *gasp* chocolate sprinkles. Due to my aversion to them, we had quite a few. While a bit crooked and not symmetrical, given my past attempts at just normal cake, this was definitely passable.
In the end, it all worked out. My son came home from school and was absolutely thrilled with it. We had a nice visit with grandma, and he got to open presents and all that fun stuff. His sister even refrained from blowing out the candles for him this year…
I may not be able to get a job at a cake place (or anywhere else for that matter), but at least I have made the little people on the homefront happy!
I’m impressed at the bat symbol!! Nice work.
Thanks! I need to quit looking at it, because while I was proud of it at the beginning now I see how uneven it is and everything. I blame Pinterest!
This looked like my Dim Sum on Christmas Day!!! It tasted DELICIOUS HOWEVER!!!
I love your cakes! The Batman one is really good. The princess one reminds me of a cake I attempted to make. I tried to make one of those cakes with a barbie coming out of it. It was not a hit!
Oh I know those kind of cakes. My aunt made one once-she is a fabulous cake maker, though.
As much as I love looking at Pinterest for ideas, it really makes people like me feel lousy! 🙂 I’m too hard on myself, and it’s all Pinterest’s fault!
Ha Ha! Me too!
The Batman themed sweets look great! I made a Lego cake for my five year old last year, that took me HOURS, and was pretty pitiful. The kids loved it, because I kept messing up and “fixing it” with more frosting, so half of the cake was actually frosting.
You are so right. Homemade frosting is a million times tastier than store-bought.
I still have some in my fridge. I so want to dig into it. We should start a club. MTTTBC-Moms That Try To Make Cakes. 😀 CAOOL-Cake Attempts Out Of Love. Oh I don’t know what it would be called!
I’m not a fan of the kitchen in general. However, twice a year I bake a cake for my kids birthdays. I don’t do the fondant or that other stuff. I just make a homemade cake and decorate as best I can. Sometimes it works out and sometimes it doesn’t, but my kids always love it and that’s what matters. Every year I give them the option of a store bought cake or my attempt at their theme based cake. So far the score shows this mom beating the local bakeries booties! 😉
It looks great! I am very impressed by you concise use of sprinkles…
As long as it’s better than what your kid could do, they’ll be impressed. And sprinkles help!
I was literally cracking up when you said you traced the symbol on the computer screen! I would have given up loooonng before I got to that point! Great perseverance! It turned out amazing! I did a cake post once. It’s been one of my biggest posts as far as searches go. On one of Bency’s cakes I misspelled birthday and made mention of it in my post. Now I get searches all of the time for “birthday cakes with misspellings.” People are dying to see other people’s failures!
It’s because Pinterest is so full of perfect stuff. I however I am working on getting some of my stuff on CraftFail! HA HA!
LOL you should submit to cake wrecks.
I just got done submitting to CraftFail, why not go all out? I’m just looking over the other pics of the boob cake and I about peed myself laughing!
LOL I love Cakewrecks. I can laugh for hours at that one.
I would be handing over the drawing to my husband…here, we need a bat, like batman style.
HA HA! He uses Solidworks at work, where he draws up all of these complex designs for stuff. I bet a batman symbol would be pretty simple. Of course if he did it there would be nothing edible, it would be made out of steel!
You’re so funny! I love to bake but I suck at decorating cakes, too. Actually, I thought the castle cake looked like a rabbit…but that’s just me. Batman cake—you nailed it! And what kid doesn’t like chocolate sprinkles? You made your kids happy and that’s all that matters. Good job, Mommy! 🙂
I like to bake when the mood strikes, and when I am actually allowed to. Today I set out bananas from the freezer so I could make some banana bread. What ensued was yet another comedy of errors that only I could experience. Probably a future blog post. In the end I ended up throwing out the bananas because they had sat too long. I had already burnt dinner-I wasn’t about to attempt baking! 😀
Rest assured–my princess cake would have looked similar to yours. Looking at the perfect pinterest pictures can be disheartening. As long as the recipient likes it and it tastes good, who cares! The batman cake came out nice!
Love both cakes 🙂 the princess one is funny (reference to the Madonna cone boobs) 🙂 & the batman symbol came out great 🙂 My nephew would LOVE IT
I think you did good, at least you went for it! I’m digging the batman cake haha. That’s what i call my boyfriend so i think im going to steal your idea for his birthday this year. The little cupcakes are cute too. I’m stopping by from the Thursday blog hop & i hope your having a great week!
Hey there’s this place called Pinterest that you can get great ideas. Then after they turn out badly you can go post them on CraftFail and Cakewreckers! HA HA. If you need a template, maybe your printer will cooperate!
It’s made with fondant, but a lot of people like fondant! There’s also a link on Parents.com that is almost identical to what I was going to do! Wouldn’t your bf wonder if you made it and told him it was from Parents magazine? HA HA! Of course, there is always just icing and sprinkles!
Glad you stopped by!
I think you did a great job. Especially on the cake. The sprinkles were a great idea.
BTW I’m stopping by from more than mommies mixer.
Well hello! 😀
I forget who told me to use the sprinkles, but they did work well!
You did good! It looks great!
Thanks! I’m hoping that I’ll have similar luck when The Princess turns 5 this May. So far she has requested a rainbow cake, a butterfly cake, and a Hello Kitty cake. I’m kind of intrigued by a Hello Kitty one. Maybe someone would have a pan to lend me!
That came out awesome and will say this, I have made plenty of character cakes from the molded pans over the last few years and then one that gave me the most amount of trouble was the Cinderella Princess cake that the cake was the mold. I actually had found a shortcut on how to make this online and didn’t buy the pan. Big mistake and had a cake collapsing as I was trying to put a Barbie Doll in for the upper boy and face. In the end, I caved bought the pan, re-made the cake and all is well that ended well, but we had so much cake left over from the original debacle too that we were eating cake for weeks to come, lol!!
HA HA! I guess the one thing about that is Hobby Lobby usually has the coupons each week here. I could always go get a pan if I got really desperate. We’ll see what happens in May with The Princess!
That princess castle cake is the perfect “Nailed It” picture! That is awesome!!!!!
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Aww, what a great mom! I bet he never forgets the batman cake!
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