Toy Story Birthday Cake

Toy Story Birthday Cake

Toy Story Birthday Cake

After doing some Pinterest searching with Buddy for his Toy Story Party we finally agreed on a cake.  The inspiration from the cake came from 3 Little Things.  I liked that this cake didn’t include any fondant and it didn’t include any super crazy piping.

When I make cakes to decorate I use cake mixes – I find that the cake is a bit more dense and holds up better for decorating.  When I use cake mixes I substitute the oil for melted butter, use milk instead of water and add one additional egg.  I learned this trick from Pinterest – in most cases it says to melt and double the butter – this time I did not and I think it worked just as well (and is a little healthier).

So without further ado lets get down to making a three tiered birthday cake!

Materials Needed

  • 16 inch cake board
  • 14 inch cake pan
  • 10 inch cake pan
  • 8 inch cake pan
  • 12 inch cake tier plastic spacer (optional)
  • 10 inch cake tier plastic spacer (optional)
  • Wilton icing bags (I use disposables)
  • Wilton decorating tips: 3, 12, 18, 21, 32, 102
  • 8 cake mixes (plus ingredients required on box – see modifications above)
  • 4 or 5 batches of Wilton Buttercream (1 batch = 1 stick butter, 1/2 cup shortening, 4 cups confectionery sugar, 1 tsp vanilla, 2 tbs milk) ***This is an estimate as I used a few different fillings so I only made 3 batches of regular buttercream, a double batch of chocolate filling, and a 1/2 batch of mint buttercream

Step 1 – Baking

Toy Story Birthday Cake

  • Mix up two cake mixes for your 14 inch round cake pan – (mine baked in 40 minutes in my convection oven – the pan says 55 minutes in a regular oven)
  • Mix up two more cake mixes – measure 6 cups (you should fill your pan 1/2 – 2/3 full) into your 10 inch round pan (I used three cake mixes to make both my 10 inch rounds)
  • Since I have a convection oven I baked the 14 inch and 10 inch rounds together
  • Let cool 5 minutes in pan and then remove from pan to cool completely on a cooling rack
  • Repeat the process so you have two 14 inch round cakes and two 10 inch round cakes
  • Mix one additional cake mix to make 2- 8 inch round cakes
  • Let cool 5 minutes in pan and then remove from pan to cool completely on a cooling rack
  • My layers were as follows:
    • 2 – 14 inch rounds of yellow cake
    • 2 – 10 inch rounds of chocolate cake
    • 2 – 8 inch rounds of green cake (Buddy’s favorite color is green)

Step 2 – Frosting

  • Mix up and refrigerate your frosting – you will use plain buttercream for decorating the cake but you can switch up the fillings in between the layers.
  • I used a Mint Buttercream (the recipe can be found here) to fill the green cake (8 inch layer) – I made a half batch and didn’t use all of it.
  • I used a creamy Chocolate Frosting (from my Betty Crocker cookbook) to fill the yellow cake (14 inch layer) – I made a double batch and had enough leftover to use for decorating my Woody cake layer
  • I used plain buttercream to fill the chocolate cake (10 inch layer)
  • You can premix your frosting if you would like – at this point I usually just mix it as I need it

Step 3 – Filling/Crumb Coat

Toy Story Birthday Cake

  • Level your cake rounds prior to filling (make them flat if they baked with a rounded edge on top)
  • Start on the bottom layer (14 inch round)
    • Place one 14 inch round on the 16 inch cake board
    • Put the filling on top of the cake
    • Sandwich the filling with the second 14 inch round
    • Crumb coat the cake (if desired – I didn’t do this)
  • Repeat for each layer – placing on plastic spacer (if you are using – otherwise you would not want to fill until you are ready to stack your layers after fully decorating)

Step 4 – Decorate the Buzz Lightyear Layer

Toy Story Birthday Cake

  • Frost the entire layer with white frosting – get it as smooth as you can
  • Use a straight clean blade (butter knife, cake knife) and make lines in the white frosting to use as a template for your piping
  • Use the end of a large decorating tip to make circle templates on the cake
  • Using Wilton food coloring make green frosting for the lines and borders
  • Using Wilton food coloring make purple frosting for the lines
  • Using Wilton food coloring make red frosting for the circles
  • Use Wilton decorating tip #3 to pipe the green lines
  • Use Wilton decorating tip #102 to pipe the purple lines
  • Use Wilton decorating tip #12 to pipe in the red circles
  • Use Wilton decorating tip #12 to pipe the top and bottom borders (make the circles a little larger on the bottom then on the top)
  • Place this layer in the refrigerator

Step 5 – Decorate the Woody Layer

Toy Story Birthday Cake

  • Using Wilton food coloring make yellow frosting to frost the entire layer
  • Use a straight clean blade and make lines in the yellow frosting to use for a template for piping the red lines
  • Using Wilton food coloring make red frosting to pipe on the lines
  • Use Wilton decorating tip #3 to make the dashes that form the red lines
  • Using Wilton tip #21 to pipe the brown (I used chocolate frosting – you could just make brown frosting) borders around the top and bottom of the layer
  • Remove the Buzz Lightyear layer from the refrigerator, center the Woody layer above it and put it down gently (since I used the spacer plates I didn’t put additional frosting before I sat the cake down – if you stack the cake directly on top you would want to use supporting dowels and additional frosting to adhere the cakes together).
  • Place cake back in refrigerator

Step 6 – Decorate the Andy’s Room Layer

Toy Story Birthday Cake

  • Using Wilton food coloring make sky blue frosting to frost this layer
  • Using Wilton decorating tip #18 pipe on white clouds
  • Using Wilton decorating tip #32 pipe on the white borders around the top and bottom of the layer
  • Remove the cake from the refrigerator, center the top layer and place it gently (see directions above if you are not using spacer plates)

Step 7 – Finishing Touches

The day of the event I added the birthday candles, Toy Story figures and wrote my sons name on top.  It was very humid here when I made the cake which is why I had to refrigerate frequently.  In Maine I typically don’t refrigerate my cakes while decorating.

The cake turned out great – and best of all Buddy loved it 🙂

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  1. Eva at Kid Minds September 22, 2015
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