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The Icing on the Cake, Issue #002 -- What's New & an Easy Way to Transfer a Pattern to Your Cake
February 10, 2006
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The Icing on the Cake, Issue #02 - What's New & an Easy Way to Transfer a Pattern to Your Cake!

February 10, 2006

The Icing on the Cake brings you the latest additions to our cake decorating site Easy-Birthday-Cakes.com.

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Issue #2, February 10, 2006

We added 15 new cakes to the Easy-Birthday-Cakes website in the month of January. All of the new cakes are in the Kids Birthday Cakes section. Some of the cakes that we added were made for me when I was a kid, so they were made a long time ago, but they are of characters that are either still popular today or are making a come back, so we thought it would be useful to add them. As always, there is a picture and instructions showing you how each cake was made. Here are all the new additions during the month of January. . .

1. Sleeping Beauty This is a sheet cake that has been cut out in the shape of Sleeping Beauty. Your favorite princess will love this cake. Please click to see the Sleeping Beauty Cake.

2. Sailboat Cake This sailboat was cut out from a sheet cake. It is one of the more simpler shapes to cut out, but the end result looks great. Please click to see the Sailboat Cake.

3. Panda Bear Cake This panda bear was cut out from a sheet cake. This one is easy to decorate. It is one of the older ones that was made for me when I was a kid. Please click to see the Panda Bear Cake.

4. Blues Clues Cake This is a sheet cake that was cut out in the shape of Blue. It is a nice and bright cake that children will love. Please click to see the Blues Clues Cake.

5. Incredible Hulk Cake This was cut out from a sheet cake. It is easy to cut out and to decorate. Although, it isnít the prettiest cake, your little Hulk fan will love it. Please click to see the Incredible Hulk Cake.

6. Bambi Cake This is another cake that was made for me when I was young. That is why the picture quality is not the greatest. Please click to see the Bambi Cake.

7. Barnyard Cake This is a very popular theme for childrenís parties and this cake goes great with the barnyard theme. There is a little bit of detail in the animals, but you can practice on wax paper or parchment paper first. Please click to see the Barnyard Cake.

8. Holly Hobby Cake This is a very old cake, although Holly Hobby is making a come back. The picture quality is not very good though do to the age, but you can still see the basic shape. Please click to see the Holly Hobby Cake.

9. Theodore Tugboat Cake This is a great looking cake made from a sheet cake. Find out how candy helped to make this a great looking cake! Please click to see the Theodore Tugboat Cake.

10. Minnie Mouse Cake This is a character cake that is cut out from a sheet cake. It is a really cute cake for a little girl. This cake was made for my daughterís second birthday. Please click to see the Minnie Mouse Cake.

11. Tweety Bird Cake This is a really cute cake that goes with the Baby Looney Tunes theme for a young child. Please click to see the Tweety Bird Cake.

12. Humpty Dumpty Cake This is a great cake to make to match a nursery rhyme party theme. This is a really cute party theme for a 1-4 year old. This is another one of the older cakes so unfortunately the picture quality is not that great. Please click to see the Humpty Dumpty Cake.

13. Charlie Brown Cake This is a character cake that is cut out from a sheet cake and then decorated to look like Charlie Brown. Please click to see the Charlie Brown Cake.

14. Bulldozer Cake This is a great cake to go with your Bob the Builder party theme or just for the little boy who loves bulldozers! Please click to see the Bulldozer Cake.

15. Turk from Tarzan Cake This is a really great looking cake that is cut out from a sheet cake and then decorated as Turk from the Tarzan movies. Please click to see the Turk from Tarzan Cake

***Coming in February: A new Holiday Cake section with lots of great cakes for several different holidays!


An Easy Way to Transfer a Pattern to Your Cake

This month we would like to share with you an easy way to transfer a pattern to your cake top so you can just fill in your picture or design with icing:

First, make a copy of your pattern that you are going to use. Enlarge it if necessary to fit the cake size that you need.

Cut a piece of parchment paper to cover the pattern. Next, use a T pin (a pin shaped like a T) and punch holes along all the lines on the pattern.

Then, put a thin coat of icing on your cake top. This has to set for at least 20 minutes.

Finally, lay the parchment punched pattern on the set icing. Lightly rub the top of the parchment pattern with your fingers. After you have rubbed the entire pattern surface, lift the parchment paper off of the cake top. You will see your pattern on the cake top.

This technique works well for sheet cakes where you are just decorating a picture on the top of them such as:

The Princess Cake

Or cakes with a little more detail such as:

The Tinkerbell Cake

At some point in the future, we hope to have cake patterns of all the cakes that you can download to help make them easier to decorate. The current plan is to make them available to all of our newsletter subscribers so stay tuned!


Be sure to also check out our new Tips and Techniques Section where we will be adding a lot of cake design tips as well as other tips and tricks to make your cake decorating easier.

How to Stay Up to Date With All the New Additions. . .

Remember, there are three ways for you to stay updated with all of the new additions to our Easy Birthday Cakes site:

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Have a great month!

Cristy and Cathy
The_icing_on_the_cake@easy-birthday-cakes.com

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