For Charlotte's cake, I searched high and low for a suitable microphone-shaped baking pan, all to no avail. Then it dawned on me that I could construct the microphone shape using a jelly roll pan and a 9-inch cake pan. Two weeks before the party, I made my favorite yellow cake (I tripled the recipe), wrapped both cakes in Saran Wrap and aluminum foil and put them in the freezer until I was ready to decorate.
The day before the party, I took the cakes out of the freezer and cut them into the desired microphone shape (I used a ruler and toothpick to first trace the shape before cutting). I suggest that you do not let the cakes defrost before cutting and frosting, otherwise, you will have crumbs everywhere.
I frosted the cakes with my favorite cream cheese frosting (1 lb. softened cream cheese, 2 sticks softened butter, 1 t. vanilla, a ton of powdered sugar – about 3 cups). Wanting everything to match perfectly, I mixed the frosting colors according to the illustration I used on Charlotte's invitation. I planned on using a star tip to frost the entire cake but quickly thought otherwise when the final cake ended up measuring approximately 48 inches tall!
Struggling with what to put the cake on (I didn't exactly have a cake stand that was 4' tall!), I bought 2 pieces of white foam board, glued them together and voila, the perfect cake base for Charlotte's oversized microphone.
Using an offset spatula, I carefully spread the frosting and then used various cake decorating tips for the details. Much more time efficient and good for my overall mental health.
The finishing touches to the cake were my favorite cream cheese sugar cookies. The rest of the cookies were packaged in glassine bags for favors and the remaining ones set out on trays for treats at the party.
I ended up with quite a bit of leftover cake scraps so Amelia and I frosted a smaller cake which she then decorated herself for a pre-party celebration. A budding pastry chef in the making!
Tune in for party details tomorrow...