When I asked my son Theo what kind of cake he wanted for his third birthday, he replied without hesitation, “a blue Baymax birthday cake.” This was about six months prior to his actual birthday and I kept asking him periodically, expecting the theme to change to the other things he’s into. Nope! He stuck to the blue Baymax idea all the way to the end. We’d be out running errands and he’d be telling strangers all about the cake! It was truly FUN to finally get to make this for him:
He’s still talking about this cake one week post-birthday party, so I think it met his little creative brief. I was a little worried that the colorful buildings would take away from the “blue” part of the theme but he didn’t seem to mind.
Here are all the details about this cake:
- Ombrè Buttercream. I started with a blue ombrè buttercream finish (see this tutorial for how to create that) using three different intensities of AmeriColor Sky Blue.
- City Buildings. I tinted some fondant (I used 7 different colors, but it would work with any color variety) and rolled each color out to about ⅛ inch, then hand-cut the buildings with an x-acto knife and a ruler. I taped a piece of wax paper around a large can of shortening and placed each building on it to dry with a slight curve. This way I knew where each building would go on the final cake and they’d conform to the curve of the cake. Once the buildings were dry, I drew on some simple windows with an edible art pen.
- Clouds. I used Wilton tip 10 to pipe some vanilla buttercream into cloud formations. They’re basically just clusters of dots.
- Baymax topper. I found a Disney Infinity Baymax figurine on eBay (it was a lot cheaper there!) to top this cake. I absolutely love topping character cakes with toys because they get something to play with afterwards. The first thing Theo did after blowing out the candles on his cake was grab the Baymax toy, lick the frosting off, and fly the toy all around the backyard. They’ve been inseparable ever since!
- Candles. I finished the look with three of these tall blue birthday candles.
Here’s an Instagram Reel I posted that shows the assembly!
In keeping with the subtle Big Hero 6 theme for this birthday party, I also whipped up some Baymax oreos by dipping the cookies in white chocolate melts. I piped the Baymax eyes with black candy melts and Wilton Tip 3. They were delicious!
My kids are my absolute favorite people to throw parties for and it’s so fun that Theo is now able to express his creative ideas. I’ll make him whatever cake he can imagine!