For a 3 year old’s birthday party.
I was not familiar with Team Umizoomi before this cake. Since I feel like knowing what you’re making helps to get the personalities right, this cake required some investigation and research. In the form of watching part of an episode and playing on the Nick Jr. website.
This is the first time I’ve ever made figures. I used a 50/50 mix of fondant and gum paste. I wish I had used just the gum paste for the main bodies. These characters have BIG, heavy heads. I reinforced the figures with toothpicks, but I still had some settling.
Speaking (typing?) of settling… plastic straws are your friend when placing fondant figures on cakes. I placed the figures on and slowly but surly they sunk into the cake. After a frantic text to a friend and a quick internet search, I read that placing plastic straws under the figures keeps them from sinking.
Fondant and Gum Paste (for figures, number, letters, and stars) from Wilton. Rolled Marshmallow Fondant recipe (used to wrap the cake) also from Wilton. Cup Cake Wires (for the stars) from Duff Goldman.
This is the first time I made my own fondant. I thought a three year old would prefer the texture of a soft marshmallow fondant rather than the odd taste of the store bought stuff I usually use. It was
difficult interesting to work with. Very soft, but the taste is so much better. It was worth it.
I had a lot of fun with this cake and learned a ton. Hopefully I’ll get to do something similar soon (you know how much I love kid’s birthday parties).