For Isaac's third birthday party, originally he wanted Chicken Little. I racked my brain trying to think of a cake I could make. After watching Season 1 of Cake Boss on Netflix, I decided, what the heck? I can make a Chicken Little figure out of rice krispy treats and cover it in fondant. Beneath that confident exterior though, I was sweating bullets... "Chicken Little??? Really? Could *I* possibly pull that off???" I tried to convince him several times to switch to a different theme....something more Unprofessional-Cake-Decorator-Mommy-Friendly. When we went out to get his partyware, wonder of wonders, he changed his mind to Diego...which he LOVES to watch, and I kinda like as well.. I mean, it has nature and animals...what's not to love??
Anyway, he changed his mind to Diego. I was psyched!!! I could see the rescue pack coming alive in my mind's eye! Since watching Cake Boss, I was secretly harboring the desire to play with some fondant...they make it look soooo easy. So, I purchased all my supplies and headed home.
This morning I got started. I began by making two 9x13 inch white cakes. I had purchased both Decorator's icing AND regular Betty Crocker cake icing...just in case... I like to have my bases covered. I had read and seen on the show that you first cover the cake with a smooth layer of icing and then lay the fondant out over top of that.
Both cakes came out of the oven smelling tasty. I cooled them in the pan for 10 minutes and then on a rack till they weren't hot to the touch....then I stuck them in the fridge for a quick cool down. In the meantime, I drew a picture of what I wanted the cake to look like:
I cut the first cake in the shape of the main part of the backpack and drew on paper the exact size I wanted the "pocket" portion to be and used it as a template on the second cake. Easy, peasy....