Well, I did it! I was worried about being able to make lil’ K a cute smash cake, and I would like to think I succeeded.
I actually made the cake around 10 PM, couldn’t fall asleep, and I ended up decorating it at 4 AM. Needless to say I was super tired…so I didn’t take any photos of the process, just the finished product!
Oh that red frosting! Thankfully it landed on the hardwood floors and not our dining room rug!
If anyone would like to know how to make their very own, here are the details!
1 box cake mix and necessary ingredients
2 cans white frosting
Cake Decorating bag, star tip, and coupler (I had a kit like this)
Red Icing Color (something like this)
Mini cake pans. I picked up these cute ones at Target the other day:
And lastly, a narrow dowel rod.
Get down to business:
Follow instructions on cake mix to prepare cake and preheat oven. Grease bottom only of pans (I made all 3, but only ended up using 2 of them). Fill pans about 2/3 full and bake. I put my timer on for the recommended cupcake time, then kept checking them and adding time as needed. I did not want to burn my baby cakes! Eventually they baked perfectly!
While cakes are baking prepare your red frosting. I do not think regular old red food coloring is going to make the white frosting red, so I do recommend using the icing dye. I had to use quite a bit to get mine this color. Basically you just stick a fork or tooth pick in the dye and then stir it around in one of the containers of frosting. I began to get frustrated thinking it was going to be pink, but after enough dye it was eventually red! Put frosting in fridge so it stays a little bit firmer (if it is too runny you will not be able to pipe it on to the sides of the cake).
Once the cakes are cool, trim any excess off the sides of the cake with bread knife (you want them perfectly circular, not giant cupcakes). Then slice each cake in half horizontally through the center (I do not have a photo of this, but cut them like a hamburger bun is sliced).
Now you are ready to start building! Place one cake slice on the plate you will be using (put a little blob of white frosting underneath it…kind of like glue). Next use a butter knife to add a small layer of frosting to this piece and place an additional piece on top. I originally placed the second layer to the side ever so slightly, and the same for each additional…but it ended up being way to floppy (and it practically flopped over)! So, the first three layers (or three half cakes) should be stacked directly on top of each other with thin layers of frosting in between. Once you get to the fourth layer you need to place it about 1/4″ off to the side. I know this doesn’t sound like enough of a tilt, but what happened for me was the weight of this small offset pulled the rest of the cake gently over.
Okay, so you now have three straight layers and one off to the side. As best you can measure the height of the cake and cut your dowel rod to this height. I cut mine with a serrated knife.
Next, take your white frosting and carefully coat the entire cake. Make it look as smooth as you can. My cake was crumbling a little (because I had trimmed some excess off the sides) so this helped to fill in the offset with crumbs and frosting. Once the cake is solid white clean any excess frosting off the plate and refrigerate for at least an hour (in my case I went to bed, couldn’t sleep because I was worried it was falling over, got up 4 hours later and did the decorating at 4 AM…but whatevs).
So, hopefully your cake didn’t fall over and you are ready to decorate it! First I filled my frosting bag with white frosting and piped tiny white start around the cake/on the plate to make the brim of the hat. You can eyeball this, I think I did 3 rows.
Next clean your tips and bag (or use new) and fill with your red frosting from the fridge. I started from the bottom and worked my way up. Right above the row of white stars I added a red one, then two more to make three red rows. At this point I was contemplating switching back to white and making the entire cake star rows, but I will be honest, I was exhausted and had nine million other things to do, so I only decorated with red. If I had had more time and more frosting tips I probably would have done this.
Moving right along…add 2-3 rows of red stars in the center of the cake, and cover the top of the cake a part of the top sides with more!
And there you have it! A fun Cat in the Hat Smash Cake!
Oh, and you might want to remove the dowel rod right before you give it to your baby! I was able to remove mine in the other room, walk it out to the party, give it to baby, and it never fell down. It’s actually still in my fridge half eaten 2 days later!
What do you think? Have you made any cute smash cakes for your little ones? Have you ever tried to make red frosting? Who wants cake now?!
Hopefully later this week I can post more party details!