Spiderman and Ironman Cakes ~ a tutorial

 Hey peeps!
We just celebrated Cameron and Isaiah’s birthday with a Superhero Party on the weekend {just in case you have not read the dozen or so other birthday posts lol}. 
I created these Spiderman and Ironman cakes for them.

They turned out WAY better than I expected as this was only my second official foray into fondant cake decorating.  I used my limited fondant skillz and the cakes pinned here as my inspiration.
If I can do it, so can YOU!  Here are the visual step-by-step instructions:

Bake the cake{s}.  I used boxed mix that the boys picked out.  And not wanting to get all fancy with having to cut and layer a round cake, i used this oval corningware baking dish.  I had to add 10-15 minutes to the baking time but other than that it was perfect!

Allow the cake{s} to cool completely and place in the freezer for a minimum of two hours.  This allows the cake to become firm and is easier to cut.

Cut the cake{s} in half and layer with your favorite filling.

Shape the cake{s} with a sharp serrated knife.  Here is Ironman.

Here is Spiderman.
At this point I made a base for each cake using cardboard and tinfoil.  I placed the cakes on these boards for more stability and ease of movement.

Now dirty ice the cakes.  I used a combination of store bought frosting {because I like the taste} and icing sugar to thicken it up.  It really is ‘dirty’ icing because cake crumbs tend to get everywhere.

Next knead and roll out the fondant.  I used packaged fondant from Michaels that was already tinted red.  You could totally make your own and colour it.  One package of fondant was enough to cover both cakes {cakes are about 8″x6″x3″}.

Smooth over the edges and cut off the excess fondant.  I use my hands for this but you can get a fancy smoothing tool.  This is Spiderman all covered.

Here is Ironman all covered.  I saw a tip somewhere to put the cake on top of a rotating spice rack, so I did that and it totally helped while decorating the cakes.
Next cut the cake features out of fondant.  I used packaged yellow and white fondant then coloured the red fondant that I had left over with black gel food colouring.  The great thing about fondant is that it sticks together with just a little water applied to the back of each piece.

Layer the cut out features on the cake{s}.  I used red and yellow pearl dust {painted on with a brush and a little bit of vodka} to give Ironman a shiny, metal-like finish.  I used a matte candy writer {from Michaels} to draw the web on Spiderman {much harder to do than it looks}.

A finished Ironman cake.


I used the end of a straw and a toothpick to create the screws.


A finished Spiderman cake.


Seriously, YOU can do this!!!!
Have fun.

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