I love decorating birthday cakes for my children! I learned early on that you don't need to spend a lot of money to get their favorite character onto a cake. It's super easy to do on your own!
This tutorial features my baby's 1st birthday cake, starring Disney-Pixar's Mater as a baby! I changed a few details to make him baby-like (added a pacifier in lieu of teeth, put a sparkle in his eye, used pastels only, etc.). However, this tutorial is great for ANY character your child loves!
First, find a picture that uses simple lines and that will fit on your cake. I have printed them out from the internet as well. I actually got this from the party supply store as part of their Cars decorations!
Use a pencil to trace the lines of the character. Remember, the simpler, the easier it will be to re-create on a cake.
Go over your pencil lines with a permanent marker.
You can either use a sheet of wax paper to trace again, or in a pinch, you can just flip the paper and use the other side. Trace the outline of the character using a #1 Wilton cake decorating tip.
Mater outlined in frosting, now I'm ready to place him onto a prepared cake, complete with crumb coating.
Place the image onto the cake frosting/piping side down. Gently press onto cake so the image transfers.
As you can see, it's not perfect, and that's OK!
Go back over it with the same tip, and give it its permanent lines. These are the lines that are going to matter most as they will be visible in the final design.
I used a #3 Wilton cake decorating tip to fill in the details with stars.
As you can see, I took liberties with the design, adding a pacifier, changing the colors to all pastel, and making sure I got that glimmer in his eyes that give him a doe-eyed look. I then added pastel dots from the cake decorating supply store to complete the look.
Baby was VERY happy with his Baby Mater cake!
I hope this helps you create the perfect birthday cake for your children! Please feel free to ask questions or leave feedback in the comments below! If you try this technique, please let me know what you made! I would love to hear about it!