Superhero Birthday Cake

I was asked to make a superhero birthday cake for a little boy who just turned 4. I jumped at the chance, as I usually don’t have the opportunity to make super cute birthday cakes. My inspiration for this cake was taken from Mandy at  One of these days I will do a step-by-step tutorial on how to make, stack, frost, and decorate tiered cakes, but until then, here’s the details about this cake and how it was made.

PS: I have to thank my wonderful friend Meghan, who helped with the whole process. She decorated the cupcakes below and developed a definite love/hate relationship with fondant!

  • The bottom tier was vanilla cake and the top tier was chocolate. For the vanilla cake, I used Smitten Kitchen’s Best Birthday Cake recipe. For the chocolate cake, I used Kevin and Amanda’s Best Chocolate Cake recipe.
  • The “buildings” for Gotham city were pieces of Hershey chocolate bars – with squares of white and yellow fondant. I “glued” the fondant onto the chocolate using corn syrup.
  • The batman logo and yellow letters were made with fondant. Meghan traced the logo and cut it out. The letters were done using small alphabet cutters.
  • The yellow trim was done using a M1 tip.
  • The spider web on the top of the cake was done by hand using black frosting.
  • The SpiderMan candle was purchased at Walgreens.
  • If you are interested in trying to make a tiered cake, you MUST MUST MUST use cake dowels for structural support. There are tons of tutorials online about cake dowels – what they are, how to use them, etc.
  • I had never made a large tiered cake prior to this, so it was a bit of an experiment. I was so pleased with the outcome! The frosting isn’t perfectly smooth and the cakes aren’t perfectly straight – and that okay! Don’t be afraid to try :)

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