Plastic Animals in Party Hats (DIY here)
Two 10 inch round cake pans
Two 6 inch round cake pans
Four Boxes of Betty Crocker Super Moist White Cake
+ ingredients from box
6 cups Powdered Sugar
1 stick unsalted butter (or 1/2 cup)
2 teaspoons vanilla
2-3 Tablespoons Milk
When I first started thinking about Emmet's birthday party MONTHS ago, it started with this cake as the full inspiration for the party. I knew I wanted to put plastic animals on the top and of course put party hats on them... because its for a party and what party is complete without party hats? I made the animals and their hats long before the actual party (find the DIY here) and stuffed them in a box and anxiously awaited the day I could finally make the cake to go with them.
To make the cake I followed the directions on four boxes of Betty Crocker Super Moist White Cake Mix. I then poured the mix into two ten inch rounds and two five inch rounds. One for larger cake and one for Emmet's smash cake and baked them. Super important! Make sure to THOROUGHLY grease the pans before pouring the cake mix in, and I mean thoroughly. We greased ours pretty well with a stick of butter and it still stuck to the pan. In a few places. I almost lost my mind but we were able to piece it back together. Naked cakes look best though when it doesn't look like someone jig-sawed the cake back together. We just turned the ugly parts to the back... Life isn't perfect.
Once the cakes were done (the toothpick came out clean) I took them out and let them cool completely. While they were cooling I mixed the icing by placing all of the ingredients into my mixer and mixed them until smooth. I ended up playing with the recipe a little until it was the consistency I wanted, I knew I wanted it to drip down the sides so I added a little extra milk. You could always add more powdered sugar so that the icing is a little thicker and doesn't end up dripping.
I then carefully cut the top off of one of the rounds so that it was a level surface and placed it top down on my serving dish. I then spread a thick layer of icing on top, avoiding the sides as much as possible. Then I carefully placed the second round on top with the top facing up and spread icing on top as thick as I could, letting it drip down the sides in a few places.
I waited until just before party started to place the animals on top. They had a tendency to sink and tip, so I found that waiting helped it look better. I placed a few animals on with the taller animals in the back, and then surrounded them with tiny mushrooms. I love how it turned out, even with the broken cakes, and it was absolutely delicious! Thanks Betty!