The cake took on a life of its own. Chickie has been talking about getting a WALL-E cake for months. I love to take on creative tasks I'm totally unqualified for, so I decided to make it. (And if Cake Wrecks has taught me anything, it's that however bad my amateur efforts are, I could definitely find a professional whose results would be worse.)
I found a few things online:
- Yellow cake recipe (good, but turned out denser than it should have)
- Chocolate cream cheese frosting recipe (MMMM!)
- Buttercream icing recipe (MMMM again!)
- A simple WALL-E graphic I could base the cake on
I made the cake a couple of days in advance and froze it. My mom gave me this hint: You can ice a frozen cake (as long as you leave plenty of time for it to thaw before serving, of course!) The hard, frozen cake is so much easier to work with than a room-temperature cake.
Friday I layered the cake, made chocolate cream cheese frosting, and iced it. I used a scraper to make it nice and smooth. It took forever.
I then realized WALL-E, who has lots of gray, wouldn't show up well on the brown frosting. So I made my buttercream icing and put a smooth rectangle on the cake. Again...it took forever.
I used a toothpick to draw the design.
I left with The Engineer, dropped the kids off with some friends, and my man and I ate greasy Mexican food for dinner to celebrate our anniversary. Then we went to Starbucks. When we got home and got the kids to bed, I got back to work.
Did I say that smoothing the icing took forever? I should have saved that superlative to describe the amount of time it took me to do the WALL-E design.
All in all, icing and decorating the cake took about five hours. But I loved how it turned out. And Chickie was enthusiastic.
It might be forever before I do another cake. And by "forever" I mean a couple of months.... Zoodle's birthday is at the end of March.