Monday, October 29, 2018

Leafeon Pokemon Birthday Cake

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Looking for Pokemon birthday cake ideas? This Leafeon Pokemon cake is easier than you think to make. Let's find out how to make a Pokemon birthday cake with this tutorial.

Every year I make and design epic birthday cakes for my boys.

Since their birthdays are just five days apart, that means I spend one entire day per year baking, designing, decorating, and consuming too much icing as I make these birthday cakes.

For my oldest's 8th birthday, he requested a Leafeon cake as it was his favorite Pokemon character at the time. In my head, it seemed straightforward to make and design and honestly, it was.

This Pokemon birthday cake is surprisingly simple to make, even if you don't think you are creative. Trust me, YOU can do this and your kid will love it!

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What You'll Need to Make This Leafeon Pokemon Birthday Cake

Like all my birthday cake tutorials, I forgot to take step-by-step photos. It's hard enough to bake and decorate two full birthday cakes in one day...There's just no way my brain can remember to take photos along the way too!

Here's what you'll need to make this Pokemon birthday cake:

Bake the cake as the recipe calls for. You will need to make one 9 x 13 cake. Let cool completely before assembling the cake.

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How to Make a Leafeon Pokemon Birthday Cake

1. After the cake has cooled, place the cake on the tray that you will be serving the cake on.

2. Next, you'll have to design the template for cutting. You'll need a large sheet of parchment paper, a permanent marker, and an image of the design you want to use (I usually pull up an image from google on my iPad). So this step is all about finding the inspiration image! I just went with Leafeon's head, obviously. Keeping it simple, right?

3. Draw the design you want on the parchment paper using the permanent marker. You just need the outline of the entire head, not the details of the eyes and whatnot.

4. Place the finished template on top of the cake and use toothpicks to secure the template to the cake.

5. Use a sharp knife and start cutting the cake, following the parchment paper template.

6. Remove the template and toothpicks.

7. Make your icing (skip if using store bought). Split it into three portions (save 50% or so for the yellow, 35% for the green, and 15% for the chocolate).

8. Add some drops of yellow food coloring to your icing and mix until the color is evenly distributed. Repeat for the green. Add cocoa powder to the vanilla icing to make the chocolate icing, if you are making homemade.

9. Add a generous layer of yellow icing and green icing (following your inspiration image or the cake photos in this post as a guide as to where to put the green and where to put the yellow) to the entire shape of the cake and along all edges. This will become your crumb coat (i.e., hide the cake as best as you can).

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10. Chill the cake in the fridge for about 20 minutes.

11. Add an additional layer of yellow and green icing if needed to make sure the cake is mostly covered. Otherwise, run a butter knife or cake knife over the entire cake to smooth the icing as best as you can. Tip: wet the knife with a splash of water to help smooth the icing. Be sure to save a teeny tiny amount of green icing to finish off the eyes in step 15.

12. Chill the cake again for another 20 minutes or so.

13. Use a toothpick to lightly draw the eyes, nose, and inside of the ears.

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14. Use a piping bag full of chocolate icing to draw the eyes, nose, and inside of the ears using your toothpick marks as a guide.

15. Use a piping bag of green icing to pipe a dot for each eye.

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16. Chill until serving time.

Then be sure to celebrate on a job well done. You did it!

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