I was asked by a friend if I would make a cake for her little guys 4th birthday and of course I couldn't say no. I believe that celebrating our kids birthdays is special and to be asked to be part of it is such a privilege.
While I love the look of fondant and I think they look so much neater and put together I realize that even the best fondant some people don't like especially kids, so it makes you come up with different ideas on how to get the look you want with butter cream icing.
I wanted a few images on this cake, one being the batman symbol and then I wanted the cake to be outlined with city buildings.
First I searched through the internet to find the image I wanted and then printed it in the size I was looking for. With this image it didn't matter if I printed it regular or mirrored the image as it looked the same either way but if you do something with works you would want to mirror it before you print.
Once I had my image I taped it down to a plate and the taped wax paper over the image. This makes sure that when you are icing nothing moves around.
Then I started with outlining the image and doing the bat and filling him in. After this was finished I put it in the freezer to let it harden up so when I put the yellow in there was no streaking. Once the yellow was filled in I put it back in the freezer to harden once more and then did a layer of black over the entire thing. And once more it was put back in the freezer. I did this same thing for all of the buildings which I did individually. This step seems long as you are spending more time waiting for the images to set in the freezer.
Once the image is hard you can take them off the wax paper and place onto your ready iced cake. I went back and outlined all the images after to finish it off. Keep in mind it is butter cream and the warmth of your hands will soften it so don't play around with it to much.
Hope this little tutorial gives you the inspiration to give it a try.