As promised, this is the 3rd part of the series of birthday cakes which I baked in May. The 1st one was an aeroplane cake and the 2nd one was a choo choo train cake.
I did not make this for myself for Mothers' Day. Rather, it was for a friend's belated birthday party which was held on the 3rd Saturday of May (Actually her birthday was in March). Needless to say, this cake was for a belated Mothers' Day and a very belated birthday. My belgian friend would become a first-time mother in November. Let's wish her many bundles of joy with the arrival of her baby!
This cake was made using Swiss Meringue Buttercream Frosting. I made 2 portions of the frosting as this cake was 9 inch big. I won't bore you with the details of the frosting and how to do the crumbcoating here, as I have already explained a bit and also listed a few helpful links in the aeroplane cake tutorial, just click on it and that will hopefully get you started on the journey of cake decoration. :)
I got my inspiration from the happy faces cakes I saw on Angies Choice Cakes website. Mine was no where close to those cute happy faces featured by Angies Choice. My hand was not steady enough, and the spectacles which I piped was pretty crooked.
Anyway, in terms of decoration, this cake was fairly simple. Just divide the frosting into 2 portions, a big portion to be coloured pink and a small portion to be coloured brown (by mixing with a little cocoa powder). It was very hot that day, and you could see that my frosting was on the verge of melting. I should have put the frosting back into the fridge to cool every now and then, but I didn't. Luckily it managed to hold up and it survived the 1 hour drive to her house.
I only used 2 decorating tips for this cake - Wilton Round Tip #2 for piping the spectacles and Wilton Drop Flower Tip #106 for piping the hair. As for the mouth, that was piped using Dr Oetker's decorating pens.