I love a good party and some parties just aren’t the same without cake. When I was getting ready for our Father’s Day Luau I wanted to bring a Tiki cake to the party – but I didn’t want to pay to get one at the store. Besides not being able to find a tiki cake, I knew the chances of me finding one that was gluten free was next to impossible. And it would cost me a small fortune. So I set out to making my own – yes with a Tiki man smiling on the front of it.
A while back I had seen a tutorial on how to make a frosting image, and thought I’d give it a go for the party. I just had to find the right supplies to do it and sit down and get to work.
Before you get started on decorating the top of your cake you need to actually make the cake and fill it (if you’re doing a layered cake. I went with a two layered chocolate cake. You can also do coconut, lemon or any other flavor cake you want!
To make the filling inside you have to make your base frosting. I used my mothers recipe she learned in cake school – the classic recipe for wedding cake frosting:
- 1 part vegetable crisco
- 1 part powdered sugar
I start with equal parts and add more sugar in the stiffer I need the frosting to be. Basically this will give you a bright white frosting for your cake that is delicious.
Now for the raspberry cream filling:
- 1/2 pint fresh raspberries
- 2 cups white frosting
- 1 cup powdered sugar + additional
- Wash your berries and dry them thoroughly. Blend them until they are a smooth puree.
- Add your berries to your frosting and mix until well combined. Add in your extra powdered sugar until your cream is nice and thick.
Please note there is no food coloring in this – that red/pink is all from the berries! It’s delicious and natural!
Remember to let your cakes completely cool before frosting them!
Top the first layer with your raspberry cream and create a nice and thick layer. It will look like a giant sandwich when you’re done. To provide a flat surface for your design you may want to level your cake a bit. I didn’t take that extra step, but you can if you want.
Completely frost the outside of your cake with a white coat, or whatever color is your base. Once smoothed out place in the fridge until your design is ready to go.
Once all that is done it’s time to make your character for the top of your cake!
What you need:
- 1 computer print out of whatever your design is – be sure your design will fit on your cake first before starting 😉
- 1 piece of glass – picture frame glass works great, wash it first!
- wax paper
*You will need multiple colors depending on what your design is, use gel coloring since it wont water down your frosting like liquid will.
Step 2: Trace your outline first with a single line tip. Do this thickly or you will have to redo it later. Now go in and fill in your details with your colors.
Your frosting image will be the reverse of your print out – be sure to flip your design if you’re doing words 😉
Step 3: Take your background color and cover everything. Be careful not to smudge your detail colors under it!
Step 4: Put your design in the freezer for about 15 minutes.
Step 5: After 15 minutes remove your design from the freezer. Carefully untape your wax paper from your glass. Slowly and carefully turn your design over and place it on your pre-frosted cake. Now slowly pull back your waxed paper to reveal your completed design!
You may have to touch up some spots but overall the designs come out great. You can do this with coloring book pages, or any design you print out! It’s so much cheaper than ordering a custom cake at the store!
This recipe is part of the Food Challenge with nine other bloggers. You can check out the recipes below for this challenge! Each month we’ll be doing another challenge – let us know if you try any of the recipes