paint-by-numbers cake

In April I decorated this Lighting McQueen cake for one of my best tiny buddies, Elliot. It was a joint effort - Janelle baked the cake and I frosted.

Have you ever tried one of these specialty pan kits? It gives you step-by-step instructions on how to decorate it, minimal creativity required (although a steady hand does help). We got the cake pan at New York Cake & Baking Distributors (sigh ... I miss that place), and they even had a McQueen food coloring kit.

In a couple of weeks, my church is doing a friendly "Ace of Cakes" activity/competition. I am planning to make a cake that looks like this:

I'm thinking it won't be too difficult because it is an easy shape and I am fond of piping. I have plans for an inedible steeple. What do you think? Am I in over my head? Any suggestions?

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26 comments:

Erika said...
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Erika said...

Ooo lala! I can't wait to see the final product!

Anonymous said...

Try it! It will be fun. I want to see pictures!

Liz said...

I hope that you post a tutorial on it when you have it completed. It would be amazing; you are so talented.

Carla Anne said...

Jill, if anyone can create the temple in cake form it would be you. Can't wait to see the results. Carla

evilcheekyweemonkey said...

Just be careful about the weight of your cake as you add layers to increase the height. Cake is deceptively heavy, especially when you add all that frosting to it! :) From past experience, I highly suggest adding stabilizers between the layers! Sara

cockermom said...

Just found your blog a couple of weeks ago and I love it and after reading this post...well it is like getting hooked on a book after the first chapter..."have to keep reading to see how she pulls off this cake!"
I can't wait to see pix of this cake. What fun!

Brittany Ann said...

I bet you can do it and it'll be no problem for you. I'm excited to see the end result.

Erin said...

I have problems getting the vision in my head to match my finished product. I can't wait to see your finished product...and any tips and tricks you discover along the way. Good luck!

Lyric said...

Looking forward to seeing the end result! You can do it!! (I thought you might be LDS) ;)

JaneyJ said...

I love it! You are multi-talented and I love reading your blog. You have given me such inspiration! Thanks!

Jill Ann said...

Holy cow! If I were doing that cake, yes, I'd be in over my head. But you? You'll do great!

Faith- Inspired Designs by Faith said...

Wow... you are so amazing. Is there anything you can't do...

Meg said...

You are nuts. And I want your cake to include raspberry filling.

Jaclyn Bailey said...

I recommend that you practice your fondant application so that you have it down for the cake. Unless you are secretly a fondant expert. Then please disregard that comment. I know you can do it! You seem to have the patience and the steady hand for it.

Janelle said...

Best birthday cake every. Elliot still asks to see pictures of it.

Rachelle said...

My mom taught me how to decorate cakes and a few years ago she gave me a bunch of her Wilton cake pans and books! I was so excited. I've made some really fun cakes for my girls' birthdays.
I think you'll be able to do the Nauvoo cake, how neat! :) Good luck!

Catalina said...

could you possibly frost an ice cream cone for the top of the steeple- or would that be too cheesy? ps. i don't know if i've ever commented but i love your blog jill and i live in California too:) Just wanted you to know-i'm a fan and fellow crafter!

followthisumbrella said...

In over your head...only if you're planning on making it life-size! Definitely go with those dowel-ly things they pound down into the cakes to stabilize the layers and there's no problem. My real question is, how are you going to find time to pipe that thing - are you implementing an Oscar-Daddy activity day to get them out of the house?

Lorie said...

I think you can do it! I can't wait to see it. And I agree that the top should be an ice cream cone...or you could try to make it out of rice krispy treats.

Kelly Nelson said...

Jill, kudos on the cake, especially if you enjoyed it. I made the same one for my son's 3rd birthday in February and officially took cake decorating (by number at least) off my list of enjoyed crafts. I made Martha's swiss meringue buttercream, and tinting all that frosting was not my cup of tea! Of course I waited until the afternoon of the party to start the frosting marathon. Everyone was impressed with the results, which I assured them required no craftiness, but tons of patience, and I officially declared no more character cakes. I'm going to convince my daughter she really wants a melt-and-pour ganache frosting on her 2nd birthday this fall!

The Henrich Family said...

I agree with meg, jill...a bit nuts but it is possible. Good luck. Can't wait to see the final product. making cakes is so much fun!

claudia said...

With seeing all of your other fantastic accomplishments, I am thinking that you can do this cake as well!

Hippie Family... said...

go for it, use lots of bamboo sticks to keep the top straight, or change your mind and go for the tower of piza.. I would, I could make a 1 layer cake lean :D

shawn said...

I want to see pictures!!!

Jan said...

You should submit your temple cake for the first issue of 6 of 7 -- it's perfect!

The address is 6of7magazine (dot-com). Seriously, I hope you check it out.