Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Birthday Cake Round-Up #2 - Handy Manny Cake

At the beginning of this year, LifeasMom hosted a Birthday Cake Round-Up in which I submitted my If You Give a Mouse a Cookie cake. She is hosting another one today here for the summer, and you do not want to miss all the pictures of the yummy cakes readers have made themselves. It is always inspiring to see other's ideas and know that you are able to do them too.
So this time I am showing off my Handy Manny cake (again) :) Here's a little breakdown on how I made this cake:
1. Baked a cake mix in a loaf pan.
2. Cut the baked cake in half horizontally and laid the pieces side by side.
3. Made red frosting and frosted over the two pieces of cake.
4. Cut a toolbox "handle" out of cardboard and inserted into cake.
5. Frosted the "handle" with more red frosting.
6. Made sugar cookie dough and rolled it out.
7. Printed out the Handy Manny tools off and cut out their basic shapes from the cookie dough.
8. Baked the cookies and let cool.
9. Made several colors of frosting and decorated the cookies, finishing with a black outline on each.
10. Inserted cookies in "toolbox" and used skewers to prop up taller cookies.
11. Piped the birthday message.

This was so much fun, since not only does my son adore Handy Manny, but my daughter does as well. They were thrilled to choose their own favorite tool cookie to eat, as did the other children present; while the adults enjoyed slices of the cake.

And now I'm off to check out everyone's else's cakes. I need a good idea for a certain little guy who is turning one next month! (sigh. . . the time goes by too fast!)


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