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Minnie Mouse Cake



M-O-U-S-E….Minnie Mouse! Who doesn’t love the mouse? Mickey images always make people smile. Just posting this makes me want to put on some ears and head to Disneyland!

My assistant principal came to me and wanted me to make a birthday cake for her daughter. Originally, she wanted just a mickey head cake—you know, the wilton shaped mickey pan. When I went to double check on the details, I took some pictures of other cakes that I thought were cute, and to show her what I could do. One look at this one and she was sold. Her eyes lit up and she told me that she had to have it. It was so cute to see someone so excited about cake. I always get like that and it makes me happy to see others happy about a cake too!

Normally I use a premade fondant when using it for pieces and decorative work. The Wilton kind is super easy to work with and color, but has an awful taste and smell. I had been wanting to try the Duff fondant. I had a coupon, so I picked up a tub of white. I figured that I would use it for the bow and all of the details. To say that I was disappointed with the Duff fondant is an understatement. In the first place, the “white” was not white. It was totally off-white. And it was waaaay to soft. I guess if I was using it mixed with gumpaste or to cover a cake, it would have been different. I may decide to try it again because I hate to rule something out after one use, but this time, I was not impressed.



The first thing I had to figure out was how to make the mickey ears. I played around with different sizes and went with the bottom of my big frosting tip. I used that for the head and ears. I used the tip to cut a notch off of the bottom and used water to make sure they would stick to the heads.




Since this cake was for a little girl, they all had to be done up with pink bows to complete the Minnie look. I spent about an hour trying to find an easy way to make the bow. That did not work. So, I went with the long way and cut triangles from the edges of the pink fondant. I stuck them together with water and plopped a little pink ball in the middle to complete the look. Then, they all got a sprinkling of pink sugar. Once they dried, I put the bows in the middle of the heads and they were all good to go!

The next thing I had to figure out was the bow, ears and two.  ( this next part is missing the step by step pics—it must have been too late for me to remember to take pictures Smile) The two was the easiest. I rolled the black into a snake and then formed the two. I was laid out to dry for a few days before going on the cake. The next was the ears on top. The top layer of the cake was an 8 inch cake. They had to be just the right size on the top of the cake. I tried several different things and settled on a red solo plastic cup. Yep…a plastic cup. I made an impression in the fondant and used the pizza cutter to cut them out. To stand them on the cake, I put some toothpicks in them to make them a little more sturdy since they were not completely dry.


Then came the bow. I always put off the things that I think are the hardest to do. This on turned out to be pretty easy. I cut it in strips and then pinched them together. I made two different sizes and opted for the smaller ones. The laid on their sides to dry and them were put together with a knot piece in the middle.

When it was all done, I stacked it with dowels and assembled all of the pieces. It went together without and hitches and was off for delivery. I so loved doing this cake. Each time I make a cake I learn something new and have so much fun. It made it even better to see the look on her face when we delivered it. Seeing people light up when I do a cake makes all of the late hours and hard work more than worth it. Enjoy!!






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  1. Julie Snyder permalink
    03/16/2011 4:55 pm

    This is the cutest cake ever!!! I’m thinking about making it for my daughter’s 2nd birthday. For the main cake icing is that fondant or regular icing???

    • 03/16/2011 8:21 pm

      Thanks so much! Both cakes are frosted with buttercream frosting. The decorations are done in fondant. 🙂

  2. Heather B. permalink
    03/22/2011 7:29 pm

    LOVE IT! My daughter is turning 2 in April and I’m giving her a Minnie party! She first met Minnie at Disneyland in October. So cute! Love this cake! I wish I could make it but I have no experience with fondant and cakes….lol I dont even have a good homemade cake recipe yet. ha! Very nice!!!!!!

  3. Sylvia permalink
    03/28/2011 2:46 pm

    How much cake did it take for you to make it? And what was the filling you used too?

  4. 03/29/2011 6:15 pm

    I used 2 10 inch cakes for the bottom and two 8 inch cakes for the top layer. The filling was also buttercream. Thanks for looking!! 🙂

  5. Ashleigh permalink
    06/12/2011 3:00 am

    Absolutely amazing, im making this cake as i dint see this one til i had almost finished, thats annoying 😛

  6. ferrari permalink
    06/21/2011 6:10 pm

    were do u buy the fondont at???

    • 08/03/2011 3:00 pm

      You can get it at JoAnn’s or Michael’s craft stores. Some of the bigger walmart’s carry it too. You can also order in online from Amazon.
      Thanks for stopping by!! 🙂

  7. Shellie permalink
    07/20/2011 10:34 am

    I made this cake for my best friend’s daughter. She was turning two and loves Mickey and Minnie Mouse. They LOVED the cake! Thanks for such a cute idea!

    • 08/03/2011 3:01 pm

      You are welcome! Thanks so much for checking it out!! Keep coming back to see what else I am doing! 🙂

  8. 08/03/2011 12:09 pm

    GORGEOUS!! How can I make a Minnie Mouse bow without fondant?? (I only have 2 days!!! Help!)

    • 08/03/2011 3:05 pm

      Thanks so much!! You could try to use melted chocolate and paint it on a plastic loop–let it dry and try to pop off the chocolate. I would bet that candy melts would work great for this!
      You could also make the bow out of something sturdy and just decorate it with frosting. Use a royal type frosting so that it will set up and be hard to the touch.

      Hope this helps!! 🙂

  9. KayinCA permalink
    08/10/2011 10:41 am

    Excellent cake! I’m going to use the mouse ears as decorations for cupcakes in a few days.

  10. Cory permalink
    08/12/2011 6:19 pm

    What icing colors did you use to tet the pink you used ??

    • 08/13/2011 5:42 am

      I used a tiny amount of the Duff electric pink (you can get it at Michael’s). I had a huge batch of buttercream, but only added a little color to get the light pink!

      Thanks for stopping by!! 🙂

  11. maegan permalink
    09/01/2011 5:31 am

    did you make your own icing or is it store bought?

    • 09/01/2011 6:13 am

      I ALWAYS make my own buttercream!! I would never use a store bought frosting on a cake that I make 🙂

      • maegan permalink
        09/01/2011 6:40 am

        is it just a standard recipe? I have never made my own icing and want to try for my daughter’s birthday cake.

  12. 09/01/2011 9:45 am

    it is…you can find it on the chocolate chip cupcakes post–it is all the way at the bottom. For this cake, I would double or triple that recipe! 🙂 I will try to post a new one with just that recipe!

  13. Stephanie permalink
    01/17/2012 9:03 am

    I love this cake and your description on how you did everything is sooo helpful! My daughter will be two this week and I am attempting a minnie cake! I have a couple questions, how did you get the sugar to stick to the minnie bows and how far in advance should i make the ears and bow on top of the cake.

    • 01/17/2012 10:10 pm

      Thanks so much! I lightly painted the bows with water and them sprinkled them with sugar, shaking off the excess and letting them dry. I have made things 3 days out and they have set up and been dry enough to use. I usually try to things 5-7 days before I need them. That way I know they will be completely dry. 🙂

  14. 01/19/2012 3:51 pm

    OMG I love this cake I was wondering how hard it is to make and what all did you use to make it? My daughter turns 2 in april and we are throwing her a minnie mouse party.. Also do you have any sweet 16 cakes my oldest will be 16 next month and I want to make her a really nice cake. Thanks

    • 01/23/2012 6:51 am

      Thanks…so glad you like it! This cake was not hard at all to do. I used 10 inch and 8 inch pans for the cake. The cake is frosted with buttercream and the rest is fondant/gumpaste decorations. I don not have any sweet 16 cakes yet, but keep checking the gallery page to see if I have something there you like!

      • Kassie permalink
        01/23/2012 11:02 am

        OkThanks very much.

  15. Amy Ralls permalink
    01/25/2012 11:58 pm

    SO going to make this for a friend’s daughter. She is also turning two but they wont need that much cake so I am just going to make the top layer and I have a wilton mini bowl pan that i am going to make the minnie ears out of. (like the type the child would wear) I hope it turns out as well as yours. Wish me luck!

  16. Carmel Hara permalink
    02/02/2012 7:01 pm

    Your cake is fabulous!! I am making something quite similar for my daughter’s birthday and was hoping you could give me a few pointers. I’m wondering how the buttercream hardens and if I can make the cakes and cream them the day before.. Keep them in the fridge then decorate them the day of her party. I will of course make sure the fondant ears etc are completed days before. Also how does the top layer cake sit so nicely on the bottom layer? Do u pit toothpicks in or anything or does it just sit there? how much of tge cake can I do in advance? I am using white choc mud cakes for the actual cake. Thanks in advance. 😉

  17. 02/05/2012 11:16 pm

    Thanks!! You can do all of the cake in advance. You can make you buttercream well in advance and keep it in the freezer until you need it. Just thaw it out the day before you want to assemble. Same with the cakes–make them in advance and wrap really tight to store in the freezer.

    You can absolutely have them decorated and in the fridge. Just pull them out the morning that you want them. I always have them frosted and ready the day before.

    I dowel the bottom layer and put the top on. The dowels keep it from sinking–just make sure it is centered before you put the top layer on.

    Air is what makes the frosting harden. It will get a crust to it when it sits out. Hope this helps!

  18. 02/21/2012 7:49 am

    Can you please specify how the ears were done? Just by cutting a circle out of a tick fondant and let it dry?

    • 02/21/2012 6:44 pm

      yep. I actually explained that part in the blog post. 🙂 I used a cup to measure and cut out the circles. I let them dry for a few days so they would stand up on the cake.

  19. carolina vasquez permalink
    05/07/2012 1:01 pm

    This is a really nice cake. My nieces bday is in June and i would like to make a cake like this but I’m a beginner at all of this. So I have a lot of questions. Where do u get the fondant from? And how do u know how much u need and how long do u need to leave the decoratiins out for so it can harden?

    • 05/09/2012 5:53 pm

      Thanks! You can get fondant from lots of different places…Walmart, JoAnn’s, or Michaels. You can also order it online from a ton of different places.

      For this cake, you don’t need too much fondant. A small box of the Wilton fondant will be more than enough. You will always want too much, rather than not enough.

      I leave things out for at least 2-3 days to dry. The ears and bow on this cake could be made a week ahead of time. To have rock hard pieces, use gumpaste.

      Let me know if you have any more questions!! 🙂

  20. Tiffany permalink
    05/18/2012 3:10 pm

    Loving this cake!! I’m getting ready to one for my daughter’s 2nd b-day… I’ve never worked with fondant so this will be my first time. Did you use water or frosting to get the fondant decorations to stick to the cake? Also for the ears… Is that one circle cut out for each ear, or did you put two circles together for each ear? Thanks in advance. 🙂

    • 05/22/2012 6:41 pm

      Thanks so much! Just a small dab of frosting will stick the fondant on the cake. The ears are just one circle. I made sure they were a little thick so that the toothpick would go in without being seen. 🙂

  21. TMARIE permalink
    05/21/2012 6:21 pm

    This cake is awesome!! 2 questions: Do you use a cake board between layers or just dowels?? Also, did you use water to stick the two and mickey heads to the cake? Thanks so much!

    • 05/22/2012 6:44 pm

      Thanks!! Sometimes I use boards in between the tiers–for this one, I just used dowels. The two and the minnie heads are just put on with a little dab of frosting. Let me know if you have anymore questions. 🙂

  22. Tiffany permalink
    05/22/2012 1:05 pm

    This cake is awesome!! 2 questions: Did you use cake boards between your layers or just dowels? Also, did you use water or buttercream icing to stick the minnie heads and ‘2’ on the cake? Thanks so much!!

    • 05/22/2012 6:47 pm

      Thanks!! Sometimes I use boards in between the tiers–for this one, I just used dowels. The two and the minnie heads are just put on with a little dab of buttercream. 🙂

  23. Jennifer permalink
    05/23/2012 8:13 pm

    This is probably a silly question – but do you let the fondant pieces air dry or do you put them in the fridge or freezer? This cake looks awesome! I love your blog :o)

    • 05/25/2012 2:20 pm

      Not silly at all!! I always let mine air dry. Sometimes the fridge can make things gummy. I have never tried the freezer. Thanks so much!! 🙂

  24. Julie permalink
    05/24/2012 4:15 am

    Hi! Although I have worked with fondant and made some fun cakes for my kids, this will be my first attempt at a tier cake. The problem is that I cannot find dowels because I live in France. What could I substitute? I have some barbecue wooden skewers…I am trying to be creative but I am not sure as this is a first for me!! Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated! You do some amazing work! Thank you for sharing!

    • 05/25/2012 2:26 pm

      Thanks so much for you sweet comments! I have seen some people use plastic drinking straws as supports in their cake. I have never used them, but I do use the hollow dowels, so I would think it would be fine. The bigger the straw, the better it should be.

  25. Julie permalink
    05/24/2012 6:10 am

    One more question…in using your butter cream frosting recipe (thank you!), if I don’t have access to true shortening, do you have any suggestions for substitutions??

    • 05/25/2012 2:28 pm

      I have seen something called hi-ratio shortening. I don’t know if you would have access to that or if you are able to shop amazon, but that is where I have seen it. You could always do an all butter frosting–just use 2 sticks more of butter in place of the crisco! 🙂

  26. Julie permalink
    05/26/2012 4:41 pm

    Ok, so I just finished making this cake…I think it is cute but not nearly as good as yours (will let you know what the guests think tomorrow). Tell me, how do you get your icing so smooth? I have a really hard time doing this and it is why I like working with fondant. Any tips or suggestions for my next cake…another daughter with a birthday in June (she wants a castle, do you have any experience with princess castles?)! Thank you so much for all of help and inspiration!

    • 05/29/2012 9:44 pm

      I bet you cake is awesome!! I usually use the paper towel method when trying to smooth out the frosting. Let if harden up in the fridge and use a viva paper towel and a fondant smoother to rub out any rough patches.

      Some people use paint scrapers to smooth it all out. I have tried it but never have enough time to play around with it. Maybe during the summer, I will get in some practice.

      I have never done a castle cake, but I’m sure a google search will find ya lots of examples.

      I just love to do this…helping people is the icing on the cake for me! 🙂

  27. Stephanie permalink
    07/07/2012 11:25 am

    Hi Meg, great cake! I was curious to know how long of a piece of fondant you used for the bow that is on top of the cake?


  28. 07/19/2012 10:31 am

    Thanks so much! I am not really sure! It is an 8inch cake. I just sort of took and piece and held it up to the cake and then cut it.

  29. Crystal permalink
    07/26/2012 9:44 am

    Love this cake! My daughters first birthday is next week and I am trying to make a cake similar to this since her birthday theme is Minnie Mouse! How did you make the big black ears on the top of the cake? I have tried black fondant mixed with gumpaste but it still won’t harden enough for the ears to stand up!

    • 07/26/2012 8:30 pm

      Thanks!! That is all I used. Make sure you have more gumpaste than fondant in the mix. You may have to add black color to make it dark enough. I cut mine and let it dry on a cooling rack. Give it at least two days for something like that.

  30. Jennifer permalink
    09/18/2012 2:44 pm

    Beautiful cake! I want to make this for my daughter in a few weeks.
    A few questions: how long do you let the fondant set out to dry? If I use homemade whipped cream frosting instead of butter cream, will the fondant stickor bleed? Do yur fonant yourself or buy the pre dyed? I’ve heard it’s nearly impossible to ge truet black fondant dying yourself, truth?
    Thank you!

    • 10/05/2012 5:44 am

      The fondant/gumpaste should dry at least two days. I don’t use a whipped cream frosting. I always make my buttercream and have never had the fondant bleed on it. You can dye the fondant black–not impossible at all. I use Amerigel super black coloring for that. But, the premade stuff works just was well! Thanks for stopping by!

  31. Shay permalink
    10/03/2012 10:35 pm

    I am in the process of making this cake, I plan on doing a double layer 10″ on the bottom and 8″ double layer on top. I dont think ive ever done a tiered cake. I am now aware that the weight of the top cake is too much for the bottom to hold up without sinking. Will a cardboard circle between the cakes be enough to hold it up or do i need to go out and get something else.
    Also, I have already made the big fondant ears for the top and they have been out drying for 2 days now. I didnt put in any toothpicks or anything in them when i set them out to dry. I am worried they will fall over with just buttercream icing to anchor it down. Any suggestions?

    • 10/05/2012 5:47 am

      The circle in between is a good idea to separate the layers, but you need dowels. I use the hollow plastic white ones.

      See if you can still pop some toothpicks in the ears. If not, they should be able to stand on their own. You will just have to position them so they won’t move–maybe lean against the bow. Thanks for stopping by!! 🙂

  32. Renee permalink
    11/19/2012 12:34 am

    What is the ration of fondant to gum paste for the ears? I have never worked with either. I am wanting to start making the fondant pieces now. The party will be 3 weeks is that to early?

    • 11/20/2012 8:24 pm

      I don’t really measure it. The more gumpaste you use, the harder they will be. I don’t think that is too early. I always make extras and I have some extra bow pieces that I have had on the shelf for a couple of months and they are just fine. 🙂

  33. Migdalia permalink
    11/27/2012 10:55 am

    This is a great cake! I was just wondering what you would charge for a cake like this. I am just starting to make cakes for “sales” and am not sure how people go about charging. Thanks so much for your step by step!

    • 12/09/2012 10:42 pm

      thanks! This cake was $125. I have a set price for my cakes and then I add up the fondant work to get my totals. 🙂

  34. Karen permalink
    01/18/2013 7:47 pm

    Hi! Your cake is gorgeous! I will try to make this for my daughter’s 3rd birthday. It will be my first time, what flavor of cake did you use for both? May I ask how many servings this will yield? I only have 20 guests, I was thinking of making the top layer only. Thanks, Meg.

    • 02/27/2013 6:53 am

      Thanks! I am thinking that the bottom was a white cake and the top was chocolate. It was a few years ago, so I am not totally sure. The bottom is a 10inch and that would be perfect for 20–and have enough for leftovers! 🙂

  35. Karen permalink
    02/13/2013 6:50 am

    Hi what a lovely cake. did you ice the cake with buttercream? or royal icing. also how do you make the sugar bows is it just normal sugar with pink colouring. thank you.

    • 02/27/2013 6:54 am

      Thanks! Oh yes, the cake is done in buttercream. Royal icing dries rock hard, so it would not be good to ice a cake. The bows are pink fondant that I made into bows. I then wet them and sprinkled sugar on them. Let them dry overnight and the sugar will stick. Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

  36. kisha ray permalink
    03/12/2013 9:55 am

    I am wanting to try this cake for my little girls 2nd birthday… I dont know much about cakes but what kind of time line would I need to give to make this cake. How many days did it take you?

    • 03/13/2013 5:56 pm

      the fondant work takes a couple of days…not that much to make, but it needs at least a couple of days to harden up. The cake was probably done in three days (I really don’t remember!) I would bake one day, crumb coat and frost the next, stack and assemble the third. Hope this helps and thanks for stopping by! 🙂

  37. 05/02/2013 6:23 pm

    I was wondering if you have to use Fondant and Gum paste both? Or can I just use Fondant for the ears? Will it dry on time? I need a Birthday cake on this Sunday. Should I begin to make it tomorrow on Friday? I love this cake BTW Thank you

  38. Kate permalink
    05/08/2013 9:52 am

    Such a gorgeous cake! I love that it’s frosted with buttercream instead of being draped with fondant. Quick question, how did you get the buttercream to be so smooth? Every time I ice a cake, it never turns out like this. I can’t get over how cute this cake is! I’m hoping to make a similar one for my daughter’s 1st birthday. I’m just not sure if I should make a 2 or 3 tier cake. We have about 60-70 people coming. Your cake has 2 cakes to each tier correct? Do you think that would be enough to feed my big crowd? Or should I opt for a 3 tier cake? Thank you for sharing!

    • 05/15/2013 8:23 pm

      Thanks! I use a scraper to smooth it out and then a viva paper towel and a fondant smoother to really smooth it out. For that many people, I would do a 3tiered cake. Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

  39. 09/30/2013 9:49 pm

    Can I use only fondant for the ears or must you use gumpaste

    • 10/01/2013 5:39 am

      You can use fondant, but gumpaste is what gives it the rock hard-ness. Tjey can hold up to anything if they are made with gumpaste. Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

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