For a child who loves fairies, dolls, or the Peter Pan story, a Tinker Bell birthday cake is a special gift that will delight and make a party fun and memorable.
Say Happy Birthday With a Tinker Bell Cake
Tinker Bell birthday cakes are a lot of fun to decorate and eat with family members and friends. Enjoy the process of making your own.
Tinker Bell Character Cake
The cake decorating company Wilton is famous for manufacturing a wide variety of character cake pans, and they haven't neglected Tinker Bell. Beginning decorators may find the Wilton Tinker Bell pan easiest to use because it includes detailed, step-by-step instructions and a breakdown of all the equipment needed to create the design. You will need several specialty decorating tips, a few pastry bags, and a supply of buttercream frosting to complete the cake, so make sure to secure your supplies ahead of time to avoid last-minute scrambling.
Tinker Bell Doll Cake
For a cake in the shape of Tinker Bell, you'll need a few specialty supplies: a half-sphere pan or pan that is made for doll cakes, a Tinker Bell doll, and a pastry bag with coupler and a small round decorating tip. Most cake decorating stores stock such supplies, but you can also order them online, if necessary; just make sure to factor in time for shipping equipment and preparing the cake before the party.
- Bake the half-sphere cake, and let it cool completely.
- Brush the cake free of crumbs, and set it on a turntable or decorating tray.
- Remove all clothing from the bottom half of the doll, and carefully insert the doll into the middle of the cake. The object is to make the doll look as if she is wearing the cake as a dress. If the doll is too short for her whole bottom half to fit inside the cake, push her only partway. If she is too tall, make up the difference in height by adding extra frosting to the top of the cake when you begin to decorate.
- Tint a batch of buttercream frosting with gel food coloring. Use the color you have in mind for the doll's dress.
- With a flat spatula, spread the frosting evenly on top of the plain cake. If necessary, apply a crumb coat first so that the frosting on the outside is smooth and even.
- Texturize the frosting on the cake with a decorating tip, or by pressing down and twisting with the flat spatula. Try to avoid putting frosting on Tinker Bell's top half; if you do smudge her, simply wipe the frosting off quickly with a damp sponge or cloth.
- Decorate Tinker Bell's dress in a pattern of swirls or lace with an alternate color of buttercream frosting, the pastry bag, and the round decorating tip.
Create Your Own Design
A custom cake can be a fun challenge if you want to stretch your decorating skills or if you have a few professional techniques under your belt. A custom Tinker Bell cake is likely to be more elaborate than traditional birthday party fare. It might be covered with fondant, adorned with edible sugar paste figures, or depict a Peter Pan scene.
- Decorate several tiers of a large cake in pastel colors. Add fondant flowers and create tiny edible fairies that you can place throughout the cake.
- Create a tall cake, and top it with figures of Tinker Bell, Peter Pan, Wendy, Captain Hook, and other characters.
- Make Tinker Bell's wand the focus of your cake. Buy or create a glitter wand, stick it in the top or side of the cake, and decorate the cake with edible glitter to make it shine.
- Carve a long, rectangular sheet cake into the shape of Tinker Bell's body. Frost the bottom and top with peach buttercream, add yellow buttercream for hair, and fill in the middle with green buttercream in the shape of her dress. Add facial details with black and red buttercream and a small round frosting tip.
A Birthday Cake That Will Be Remembered
Making a Tinker Bell birthday cake is no simple feat, but it's worth the extra effort. Your cake will certainly be treasured by whoever receives it and remembered fondly in years to come.