Every time August rolls around I'm always thinking of what Mickey themed cake to make Alane for her birthday. Around this time, since Perry was leaving, there was a lot of talk about New York. Alane loves New York, so I designed a cake that was inspired by the state.
I wanted to experiment with making an ice cream cake this year. I had made an ice cream cake for Alane a couple years ago, but this time I wanted to try a different shape. Selecting the ice cream flavor was difficult. I was in the ice cream section of Target for way too long trying to make a decision. So. Many. Flavors. I even consulted Ronnie and Cat. In the end I chose one that was similar to Ben & Jerry's Late Night Snack since it was one Alane had wanted to try it, but never got the chance to.
The cake flavor I chose was Alane's favorite, Funfetti.
The design I went with was inspired by the Mickey ear caps you'd see at Disneyland.
I wanted the ice cream to be in the middle of the cake. So I cut out some cake to fit the ice cream.
I molded the ice cream using a small bowl. That also determined the size of the cavity I'd have to cut out of the cake.
While that ice cream dome was left to harden in the freezer, I made the ears out of fondant. I used a 1/2 cup measuring cup as my mold.
I was going to use skewers, but I had dry spaghetti noodles and just decided to use those to hold up the ears.
To make the ears black, I used a brush to wet the fondant with water, and then dusted the ears with black sugar glitter.
Back to the cake. I placed my ice cream surprise into the middle of the cake, and gave the cake a thin layer of frosting. Then the cake went back into the freezer to set overnight.
The next morning, I had wanted to give it a final frosting before going to work. However, the frosting I had made was too thin. So.... this happened :(
I had no choice, but to scrape it all off and place back into the freezer.
I was on schedule to deliver the cake on Alane's actual birthday, but because of this hiccup, I had to delay the delivery to the following day. So the next morning, I bought frosting and gave the cake a proper final frosting.
For the design, I used chocolate frosting.
Hello, New York skyline. Kinda.
I chose to include the Twin Towers, because it made the cake more visibly New York.
The cake looked a little plain, so I added black sugar glitter and gold sugar stars to liven it.
Happy birthday, Alane!
That picture reminded me of this one from 2005 (I think). hahah.