July 31st was my boyfriend’s birthday (and coincidentally also the birthday of Mary-Sue’s boyfriend!). I wanted to do something to show that I know him and ever since I have known him he has been a major Batman fan! He has Batman screen savers, Batman games, statues and even a Batman tattoo. When I was browsing Pinterest a couple of weeks ago I came across some pretty awesome Batman inspired cakes. I tried to recreate some of them as a special treat on his birthday! I am certainly not very good at decorating cupcakes but I was pretty pleased with the result nonetheless. It helped that I got help (actually she did the majority of the work, lol) from my sister. They are not yet magazine worthy but they might give you the push you need to try your hand at decorating cakes! We made two different versions and I’ll walk you through the ‘creation’ process ;).
First, we started off with a whole batch of freshly baked cupcakes. My sister made two flavours: plain vanilla and vanilla-chocolate (she added 4 teaspoons of cacoapowder to the batter). We let them cool for a bit so that we wouldn’t have to fear burned fingers when we decorated them.
Through a Google Image search I found the black Batman logo which together with my other sister I resized and printed. We just copied the image into a word document, and put the scale to 100%. We then measured the cupcakes we made and accordingly resized the logo. Then I hit print!
We used store bought supplies for the glaze and cake covering. I bought the fondant in black. We used one block of 250 grams for 14 completely covered cupcakes and 12 batman logo’s. You should have more than enough for a batch of 20. I bought white glaze in the Supermarket and my sister used food coloring to turn it the appropriate yellow for the background of the Batman logo.
With a special roller we flattened the fondant. With the logo mold that we had just created we made impressions in to the fondant. My sister then traced the mold with a small knife to make 12 cut-out Batman logo’s.
I tried my hand at two of them and it is quite hard to get straight lines. Afterwards you can do a lot of smoothing the lines so don’t worry too much. As you can see they are definitely not perfect but for such a difficult logo they looked pretty good!
For the second version we again began by flattening a piece of fondant. This time we would need much more of it for each cupcake!
We used a normal sized glass (it was roughly the same size as a cupcake) to cut out the fondant to cover the cakes. You won’t always need fancy equipment to make something nice. Everyday glassware works just as well!
This time we did not color the glaze. Because it acts as an adhesive for the fondant it can be any color you want really! Just put a dollop on one of the cupcakes and then press the fondant circle firmly on the cake.
I prepared for decorating this version by putting some powdered sugar in a bowl and grabbing a glass of water. I carefully wet the fondant with a wet finger. Don’t overdo it! The sugar will become glaze if you use too much water. It needs to be just wet enough for the sugar to stick.
We put the mold on the cupcake and delicately sprinkled powdered sugar on the cupcake. You can make the coating as think or as thin as you prefer. I really like that the black background was still visible so we did not use a whole lot. Once you are satisfied with the amount of sugar just remove your fold and there will be a perfect black outline of the Batman logo!
If all went well, this will be the result! They were really tasty and everybody (especially the bf!) really liked them :). I will definitely try my hand at decorating cakes again when I have another excuse!
What is nice D.I.Y. project from Pinterest that we could try? Have you ever made anything from Pinterest?