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Hi Friends! I’m excited to share with you all the details of how I made Sawyer’s DIY Pikachu Birthday Cake. As I mentioned in the post all about his recent Pokemon Birthday Party, a Pikachu cake was one of only two requests he had for his birthday. I was definitely a bit nervous because I don’t bake a lot of cakes—I’m not very good at it and I had never made a 3D sculpted cake. But I was bound and determined to give it my best shot! As a first timer, I was really pleasantly surprised with how it turned out and Sawyer absolutely LOVED it…which is all that matters in my book! It was really delicious too! Below are the step-by-step instructions of how I made our favorite Pokemon pal.
Step 1: Start with a Giant Cupcake Pan
As I started to plan how I would make my DIY Pikachu Cake I quickly had the idea to use my giant cupcake pan. I used this pan one time before to make a puppy chow cake for Riley’s Barkery and Hot Dog Shop celebration. It worked really well then so I figured it would be a great starting point. The pan I have is from Williams-Sonoma but I don’t think they carry it anymore. I found a very similar one here (*affiliate link).
Step 2: Bake and Carve Cake
Everyone loves chocolate cake in our house, so I first started looking for a chocolate cake recipe that would work for a carved cake. I came across this recipe and I’m so happy I did! It was so delicious! Depending on the size of your giant cupcake mold you might have to double the recipe. I had some leftover batter from my double batch so I just baked the remainder in a small pan and let my kids taste-test it. They loved it! Once you bake the cake, allow it to cool completely. Then, place the two halves together to get a sense of the total shape. Next, begin carving the cake into the shape of Pikachu’s face. Continue shaving off the edges of the cake until you are happy with the shape.
Step 3: Make Frosting
Now it’s time to make some frosting! I used this Buttercream Frosting recipe. It was super simple and really good! Then, I used Wilton Color Right in yellow to color the frosting.
Step 4: Frost Cake
Once my yellow Buttercream Frosting was completed, I first frosted in between the two layers of cake and stuck them together. Then I continued on to the exterior and frosted the rest of the cake.
Step 5: Make Pikachu’s Ears
Time to make some ears for Pikachu! To make the ears, I used yellow and black candy melts attached to lollipop sticks. I first drew the shape of the ears in pencil on parchment paper. Then I flipped the paper over, pencil side down, and outlined the shape of the ears with the melted candy melts. Using a piping bag really helped to stay in the lines. After I outlined the ear shape, then I filled it in with more candy melts. Next, I put the ears in the freezer for a few minutes until they were firm. Once solid, I carefully peeled the parchment paper off of each ear. Then I stuck them, smooth side facing front, into the top of the cake.
Step 6: Make All Facial Features
We’re almost done! Just need some facial features! To make Pikachu’s eyes, nose and mouth I used black modeling chocolate that I rolled and molded into shape. Similarly to the ears, I used red candy melts to make the cheeks and inside of the mouth. Once the individual features were completed, I then placed them all on the cake and Pikachu officially came to life!
Looking for more Pokemon party fun? Be sure to check out all the details from Sawyer’s Pokemon Birthday Party!
I hope you enjoyed this DIY Pikachu Cake! If you make this cake I’d love to see it! Please follow along on Instagram and tag me. I love connecting with all of you!
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