My first plan was to make a laminated picture to simply stick on the cake. You can buy frosting cake toppers of characters but I didn't want to pay $10 for one online. This was only about 50 cents to laminate at the local printshop. However, I was thinking "mouse" when I colored it and forgot Angelina is white! FAIL! When my friend Tina suggested I trace a coloring page on wax paper with frosting to make an Angelina topper, I was excited to try it! The laminated picture was demoted to front door decoration.
Here is my friend Tina's cake, which she did several years ago for one of her 5 lovely daughters.
All that I had on hand was whipped frosting (store bought) so it made a bit of a gooey mess but here is the final result of tracing a coloring page. I thought I was supposed to freeze it to make it hard so that it would scrape off. It turns out I should have just traced the outline of her, dumped it straight onto the cake and filled in the outline with other colors. That's how Tina did it.
Instead I tried in vain to scrape the frozen Angelina from the wax paper with a metal spatula. The legs, head and tail came off. The body and tutu were a jumbled mess.
Here's my attempt at using decorator gel tube frostings to cover over the frozen whipped frosting Angelina. I'm thankful the head and tail stayed intact because they were the cutest parts.
Here's what happens when you get halfway through your daughter's full first name only to realize it won't fit. Should have stuck with her nickname! I was out of pink base-colored frosting too! Uh-oh! FAIL!
Here is the solution to the problem. Cover it over with MORE frosting! I had thought about making a homemade batch of white buttercream to trim the cake with white lacy ridges but then I thought, "They don't need any more sugar!" The cake is 2 9x13 layers, the bottom layer is strawberry cake, the top layer white. I snipped a raisin apart with scissors to do the eyes and nose.
I did this cake two days before the party and have it in the fridge because I didn't want to be either melting down with stress on the day of the party or have a flop and no time to run to the store and get stuff to fix it. Preparation is my key to party success!
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