For my middle son’s second birthday, I was very uninspired of what he would want on his cake. Unlike my first son, he didn’t have any special or intense interests. He was well-rounded, and liked everything, but didn’t love anything. He was however, full into the so-called “terrible two’s” and my nickname for him at the time was “Monster.” So…I settled on making a monster cake for him!
This cake was made with my favourite general pan, the square 10″ x 2″. I find this is a nice sized ‘canvas’ for drawing my own designs. As always, I cut a piece of paper the same size as the pan to practice my drawing on first. I then use this drawing as my reference when icing the cake. I first put down a thin layer of white icing, and draw my design into the icing with a toothpick. If I make a mistake, I can “erase” a line with a damp fingertip. When I’m happy with the drawing, I go over the lines in black icing with a round tip.
I wanted this monster to have texture for his fur. For his body, I first put down a thin layer of blue with a thin layer of green for his belly. This was to create the ‘background’ just in case there were gaps when I tried to create his fur. For the blue fur, I think that I used a closed star tip (Wilton’s #27 or #30) and layered long strips of icing for bulk and texture. For the green fur on his belly, I used a multi-opening tip, Wilton’s #42 (or #134), to create a bumpy, pebbled-like texture. The background of white and orange was done with normal open star tips (Wilton’s #18 or #17), with different tips chosen for the edging for variety. The stripes on his horns were done with normal round tips. I had intended for the entire background to be white, but as I was icing the cake it was clear that I would not have enough to finish it. Luckily, I had enough of the orange to do a strip at the top. This finished icing the cake, and I was happy with the unintentional pop of colour at the top. Improvise! My little guy loved his Monster Cake and had lots of ROARS when he saw it!