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Sunday, October 02, 2005

Kim Possible Birthday Cake

I made this birthday cake for Raven's seventh birthday and her favorite cartoon character is Kim Possible. You should see the delight in her face when the cake was presented and i am glad she recognized the character despite of my non-professional skill in icing the cake. I had to homemake piping gel and this buttercream recipe has not failed everytime i make it. I have to resolve using a boxed cake as all of you know that i have a handful or rather 2 laptops.



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Ingredients:

Cake:

Follow the instructions of any boxed cake and bake in 13" x 9" cake pan.

Frosting:

2 cups Crisco Shortening(butter flavor)
1 stick (8 tablespoons) butter , slightly soft but not mushy
1/4 to 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
2 tsp. vanilla
2 pounds (8 cups) powdered sugar, sifted (measure, then sift)

Method:

In your mixer bowl, beat the shortening until it's smooth, add the butter and beat together until smooth and light and fluffy. Add smaller amount of the heavy cream indicated in the recipe and the vanilla and mix well. Add half the powdered sugar and mix for 5 minutes on low-med. speed. Add remaining sugar and mix well. Add more cream or powdered sugar if necessary to adjust the consistency.

Homemade Piping gel:

1 envelopes (2 tablespoons) Knox unflavored gelatin
1 tablespoons cold water
2 cups light Karo syrup

1. Sprinkle the gelatin over the cold water in a small saucepan and let set for about 5 minutes. Heat on low until the gelatin has become clear/dissolved - DO NOT BOIL.
2. Add the syrup and heat thoroughly.
3. Cool and store, refrigerated, for up to 2 months.

To Color: Add coloring paste/gel or food coloring drops to get desired color.
To Use: Put in icing bag, plastic squeeze bottle and decorate.

Iced the cake with the buttercream and pipe in the outline design for cartoon character, Kim Possible and then fill in design with colored piping gel.

Note for buttercream:

For warm weather: As a general rule, buttercream does not hold-up well in warm, humid weather. Tami's Buttercream(from baking911.com) will hold up better if you use all shortening instead of butter. (Substitute the butter in the recipe with shortening and in addition, add in the shortening called for in the recipe). Also, substitute 1/4 cup powdered sugar with meringue powder.

Serves

18 comments:

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Anonymous said...

Hi Lily,

Love your web-site. Same taste bud.

My daughter will be very happy too if mommy could bake a cartoon character birthday cake.

Wondering if you could share what is the syrup used in the pipping gel and any useful tips on handling the gel. Am going to attempt it. TIA

Anonymous said...

Hi Lily,

Love your web-site. Same taste bud.

My daughter will be very happy too if mommy could bake a cartoon character birthday cake.

Wondering if you could share what is the syrup used in the pipping gel and any useful tips on handling the gel. Am going to attempt it. TIA

lilyng said...

TIA

light Karo syrup is corn syrup which is clear. Karo has dark syrup which is used to make pecan pie filling.

Have a picture of the cartoon and cut it out. Place onto iced cake and trace outline. you would have draw the rest. Or cut the cartoon into puzzle pieces, draw the out line as you fit the puzzle. I added choco emulco to the icing for outline. Pipe the traced outline and sink piping nozzle or tip of bag into the icing, to form a more steady wall so that piping gel will not leak. Pipe over the first piped outline to form a higher wall. Leave in the fridge to harden before filling with gel.

I hope this help, you can email me anytime. would love to have a friend who shares the same interest

Anonymous said...

Hi Lily,

Thank you so much for your reply.
Will try and let you know the outcome.

Thanks again for the tips given on drawing.

/Julie

orang kg said...

lilym

I cannot buy gelatine in coz not halal for me.can I use jelly?

lilyng said...

orang kg

jelly powder has sugar added. if you could get jelly without sugar you could give it a try.

Perhaps you could use agar agar powder and use more liquid to cook as agar agar is stiffer than gelatin

Katie said...

Hi Lily
Can you post up a recipe of a Chinese bakery Style birthday cake?
If not, it's okay.

Thanks!

lilyng said...

katie

what is a chinese bakery style birthday cake? can you send me a picture and i can try and guess what the ingredients for the cake and icing are.

Katie said...

http://www.taipan-bakery.com/eng_orders/order_e6.html

Their cakes are like that.. very soft and creamy.

lilyng said...

katie

i think these cakes are either plain or chocolate sponge cakes, cut into 3 layers, sandwich with buttercream and then iced the cake with buttercream and create whatever design you desire.

Katie said...

Hi
I was wondering.. if I want to make a bigger cake and say if the recipe calls for 2 cups of flour, can I add another cup and increase all the ingredients 1x?

Thanks!

lilyng said...

katie

sure you can double or in your case increase by 1 cup which will be an increase of 1/2, so all the other ingredients will be increased by 1/2 too

jaymee said...

hi, i love your site, gives newbies like me lots of infos, and it sure is nice that you answer questions. =)

i am attempting to bake a cake for my daughter's outdoor party, and i am here in the philippines, makes me wonder if the buttercream would hold up in the heat. and then i saw your note. is it okay to use butter-flavored shortening so as to keep the buttery flavor?

Anonymous said...

Hi Lily:
May I know what happened if you put more heavy whipped cream when making icing, will it get thicken more or will it make the icing to soft?
Thanks.

lilyng said...

anonymous

the heavy cream will enhance flavor and make the icing not so tight, easier for coating and piping

Anonymous said...

hello Lily,

just to reconfirm, the heavy whipping cream here is liquid form, not the whipped cream ready to ice a cake right? thanks.

Pei

lilyng said...

pei

yes, heavy whipping cream is liquid and not whipped

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