We just love a cake where we get to "play"! This sweet mom gave us lots of freedom for Henry's 2nd birthday. I know it's nothing earth shattering new, but we do such few birthday cakes, that I really enjoy the ones we do make. My advice for this type of cake is to make the character first because you will have to redo it a couple of times. Don't get discouraged if you can't make your famous character the first time. It's very hard to make these guys look right. Haven't we all seen those great cake where the character is "off" just enough to look really bad. If you get a toy for reference it will take a lot of guess work out of the project. You can even use a toy to make a mold if you would like.
For the "candles" we just took a snake (rolled out long) of fondant and wrapped it around a lollipop stick that had a little sugar glue on it. The flame was three different colors of fondant, dipped in a little edible glitter and secured on top of the candle with a little piece of wire going in the flame and white fondant. We made the confetti by wrapping strips of fondant around a dowel and slid them off right onto the cake to keep them curly. The oversized sprinkles are pieces of fondant as are the balloons. I know that I should have used white wire instead of the sticks since they look so thick. It was a late night. The yellow dripping "icing" on the top tier is best done by covering an upside down cake pan with a piece of fondant (preferably Fondarific so it doesn't dry too fast) and carve the drips. Then take the piece off and place on your work table. You can soften the edges with your finger so they don't have such a cut looking edge. Place the fine tuned piece on top and adhere it down with a little water. I hope you all try a fun character cake and heed my warning to allow for lots of time!