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A treat for Toy Story fans, this recipe provides a major cake decorating opportunity that is guaranteed to wow at a birthday party!
The most recent film of the series, Toy Story 4 cakes are great for young fans desiring a Toy Story theme for their upcoming birthday party. Complete with a Toy Story Cake topper of the classic Woody hat, plus Buzz Lightyear wings, this Toy Story cake is marvellous.
How To Make A Toy Story Birthday Cake
Time Needed: 2 hours for baking and decorating.
You Will Need
Ingredients For The Toy Story Cake:
Butter or margarine (350g).
Caster sugar (350g).
Vanilla extract (one tablespoon).
Self-raising flour (350g).
Equipment For The Toy Story Birthday Cake:
A cake tin (20cm diameter).
Greaseproof paper (or use extra butter to grease the cake tin).
Cloud-shaped cookie-cutters (different sizes).
Ingredients For The Toy Story Cake Buttercream:
Icing sugar (225g).
Vanilla extract (one tablespoon).
Equipment For Decorating The Toy Story Birthday Cake:
A rolling pin.
A cake board (around 25cm in length or diameter) covered in foil (pre-made or taped on smoothly).
A large printed template of Buzz Lightyear's wings.
Fondant (light blue, white, purple, green and red).
A small paintbrush.
For The Toy Story Cake Topper:
A large printed Woody hat template.
Black fondant or flower paste.
Chocolate brown fondant.
Brown sugar paste (or fondant).
Dark brown fondant.
Baking The Toy Story Birthday Cake:
1) Preheat the oven to 170C.
2) In a large bowl, mix the butter and sugar and until light and fluffy.
3) Crack the eggs into a separate bowl and mix well, then add to the birthday cake mix in four batches, stirring with each addition.
4) Add the vanilla extract, then stir.
5) Sift the flour into the birthday cake mix, gently stirring until fully incorporated.
6) Line the baking tin with greaseproof paper, then transfer the birthday cake mix into the tin before placing in the oven for at least 50 minutes.
7) After 40 minutes, check the cake by inserting a skewer or knife in the middle. If it comes out clean, the cake is ready.
8) Leave to cool completely on a wire rack for at least an hour.
For The Toy Story Cake Buttercream:
1) Add the butter, icing sugar and vanilla extract to a bowl, then whisk until nice and fluffy.
Let The Decorating Begin!
1) Place the cooled cake in the centre of a cake board covered with foil, with a small amount of buttercream to stick them together.
2) Spread the rest of the buttercream over the top and sides of the birthday cake, evenly.
3) Roll out enough light blue fondant to completely cover the cake (half a centimetre thick) then carefully lay the fondant over, lifting the pleats before smoothing. Trim off any excess.
4) Cut out several clouds from white fondant and use them to decorate the sides of the cake, attaching with water.
Making The Woody Hat Cake Topper For The Toy Story Birthday Cake:
1) Roll out some black fondant (half a centimetre thick) and cut the entire hat out from it. Use water and a paintbrush to wet the bottom of the black fondant, before sticking two toothpicks on the bottom left and right edges, half on the hat and half sticking out.
2) Cut the black part of the printout away, then on the chocolate fondant, cut out the rest of the hat. Use water to lay the brown part on top of the black, covering the toothpicks.
3) Cut out another layer of just the bottom part of the hat in brown fondant again and lay it on top of the other two fondant layers, in place.
4) Roll out a long thin sausage of chocolate fondant for the rim of the hat, pointed at the ends, roll a thin sausage of dark brown fondant to wrap around the larger sausage. Once wrapped around, lay it on the fondant hat (in the middle around the edges of the hat, thinning at the edges).
5) Use thin strips of brown sugar paste and a wet brush to cover the layers of fondant all around the edge of the hat. Let dry then place on the cake - the Woody cake topper is complete!
Making The Buzz Lightyear Wings For The Toy Story Birthday Cake
1) Print out a copy of Buzz Lightyear's wings, around half the diameter of the cake in length.
2) Lay the printout on a flat sheet of white fondant (half a centimetre thick) and cut around it with a craft knife twice, creating two wings.
3) Place two toothpicks on each wing on the long vertical edge. Half of each toothpick should be on the fondant, and half should be sticking out, ready to be inserted into the cake. Focusing the first wing, press the toothpicks in slightly, then remove and lightly brush the area with water, before putting the toothpicks in. Repeat for the other wing.
4) Lay the printout on a small sheet of rolled purple fondant and cut another pair of wings out (excluding the green and white end), the same and thickness of the white fondant wings.
5) Using a paintbrush and water to stick them together, lay each purple section on top of each white wing, over the pair of toothpicks.
6) Use a craft knife to cut the purple part of the printout wing away from the wing, then roll a small sheet of light green fondant and cut out two identical sections of what is remaining.
7) Use a paintbrush and water to stick the green sections on top of each purple section of the wing, in the same position as on the printout.
8) Cut the green area away from the printout to leave just the red and white stripes. Use the remaining section, some red and white fondant to recreate the stripes, then lay them on each wing.
9) For the end of the wing, roll thin sausages of green fondant (pointed at one end and sliced flat at the other), and a small ball of white fondant, then stick together with water, before attaching to the rest of the wings. Attach to the cake by carefully pressing the toothpicks in until they touch. Your wings are complete!
This yummy Toy Story cake can be enjoyed by kids aged two and up.
Allow the assembled fondant pieces of the Toy Story cake topper and wings to dry overnight (at least) before placing on the cake. A sprinkle of cornflour before rolling will keep the fondant from sticking to the surface.
For those who love cake-decorating, why not make a two-tier cake? Double the cake mix recipe to bake two Toy Story Cakes, putting the other in a smaller cake tin. The bottom can have a cow-print to match Woody's jacket and the top could become clouds!
For a Toy Story 4 cake, use fondant to make characters like Forky, Bunny and Ducky for extra cake toppers.
Wrap in clingfilm and the Toy Story Cake will keep for up to a week at room temperature, up to four days in the fridge and up to four months in the freezer.
Temitope is a Fine Art student in London who loves to learn and loves to express herself creatively. A Private Tutor also, she enjoys the opportunity to share her knowledge with children from Primary School all the way up to Sixth Form and finds it incredibly rewarding. When she isn’t writing or tutoring, you could find her painting, editing photos, baking or building Lego with her nephew.