The little guy loves all things Mickey Mouse. Ever since we went to Disney World last February and bought him a Mickey plush toy as a souvenir he’s hooked.
This was the theme for his birthday party tonight.
I wanted to make him a Mickey cake, of course. But, I didn’t want to do one of those flat ones that would require me to draw the face with frosting.
Since the Sponge Bob cake attempt, I have come to terms with my lack of ability in this area.
I had the idea to make a 3 dimensional cake that looked like one of those Mickey Mouse antenna balls you see on cars. I got the idea from this sweet little salt and pepper shaker set I bought on our trip. I collect salt and pepper shakers.
That’s a little known fact about Kelly Anne.
I was so happy with how this cake turned out, so here’s a step by step of how it all came together.
I will tell you that the hardest part about this was getting the frosting to be a true black. I found some black food coloring at the grocery store, but when mixed with white icing it just looked grey. After adding an entire bottle of food coloring I finally thought to make the frosting chocolate. A lot of cocoa powder did the trick.
Now I know.

I have this cake pan that is the shape of a round bowl. I used it to make the head shape. I also baked some cupcakes in a jumbo muffin pan and filled them a little too full so that they would rise well above the top creating a nice dome to use for the ears.
I cut the tops off then frosted the cut side so I could attach it to another cupcake top.
Voila! A three dimensional ear.
The next thing I did was freeze all the cake parts. It makes it so much easier to handle and frost. When they were firm, I cut a concave section so it would rest flat on the head.
I had to use wooden skewers to hold the ears to the head. It worked like a charm except that I had to use a hammer to get it into the frozen cake.
I felt like that guy on the Ace of Cakes. It was fun.
Once everything was assembled…
put together
I covered the whole thing with black frosting. This was not hard, since it was just one color.
It was, however, hard to keep The Fish’s fingers out of the frosting bowl.
I used my offset spatula dipped in hot water to smooth it all out and get it looking nice and shiny.
To top it off, I borrowed Mickey’s Fantasia hat from one of the many Mickey toys we have.
So there it is. It is exactly what I set out to make
Even Mickey is giving it a thumbs up.

thatgirlandherbagsMonday April 15, 2013 - 8:49 pm

I am planning to make a minnie mouse cake for my daughter’s 2nd bday. I would love the name and measurements of the cake bowl pan you used if you have it. This is the best version of a Mickey cake I have found for mamas to make realistic cakes for their little ones. Thanks so much for sharing your steps!!

EftychiaMonday June 27, 2011 - 2:16 pm

What a beautiful cake! You are a very creative person!!

debbie fogarty-mendozaThursday June 02, 2011 - 3:16 am

Thank you a million times, I had the same idea with the bowl but couldn’t figure out how to make the ears, so its two fifteen a.m.
and found you, great job.
I am having A MICKEY/MINNIE WEDDING IN 3 WEEKS, and the cost of cakes are nuts especially custom, so I plan on using this as our cake and buying sheet cakes for guests.
Super excited.

Thank You, Debbie

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AnnieSunday May 01, 2011 - 8:37 am

I love the cake you did a wonderful job ! so beautifulthanks for sharing

AlejandraTuesday March 15, 2011 - 8:04 pm

i love ur mickey cake its so beautiful <3<3

Deb ShenbergerWednesday February 23, 2011 - 6:27 pm

Just made this for my grandson’s 2nd birthday…. everyone loved it…me, too! Thanks for sharing.

AmsMonday July 26, 2010 - 6:02 pm

That is fantastic! I am looking to do something similar. Thanks for the tips. Question: How long and what temp do you bake your bowl cakes? I did it once and just guessed. I think I left the same temp as directed on the box, but baked it for over an hour. Any recommendations? Again, fab job! Very cute and I love the simplicity of it!

RadmanMonday March 16, 2009 - 3:11 pm

Do you guys have a recommendation section, i’d like to suggest some stuff

JamieSaturday September 27, 2008 - 8:45 pm

Hey, I goggled Mickey Mouse cake and found yours and WOW! Awesome. I attempted my own…you can check it out on my blog. Mine is a little smaller and not proportional but it works. I didn’t have a bowl cake pan so I used a glass pyrex bowl instead! Thanks for the inspiration.

I am a photographer too but we just moved so I’m just starting to get back into it. I will be back to visit your blog… so many fun things to look at.

Barbara FleetwoodWednesday September 24, 2008 - 1:46 pm

I am having trouble finding a bowl cake pan. Can you give me the dimensions of it & maybe I can improvise with something else? I need to make it by Oct. 3rd.

RenaeSaturday June 07, 2008 - 8:46 am

Do you have a picture of the cake? I don’t see one here. We are having a Mickey party in 3 weeks and I am looking for ideas

meredithMonday February 11, 2008 - 1:13 pm

Wow Kelly! That’s so much better than a piece of painted cardboard like on my friend’s cake-ha! I know he just loved you for making it too. Great job!

KimbaleeMonday February 11, 2008 - 11:39 am

Okay, phew. I thought that first picture of the antenna ball WAS the cake, and I nearly keeled over. Then I scrolled down, and thank heavens, because that is the cutest cake I have ever seen. Your creativity knows no bounds! I swoon!

RobynSunday February 10, 2008 - 10:33 am

DUFF GOLDMAN IS MY HERO!!! Cake decorating with power tools, who would have thought! I LOVE your cake, it’s perfect, and I bet the Beck-meister loved it!!

grandmalizzySaturday February 09, 2008 - 9:53 pm

Boy, you and Robyn make amazing cakes. She just made a black one too,because Grayson wanted a hockey puck. Not too inventive but then she put the Black Hawk insignia on it and wow. I love that yours is upright I think everyone would have expected it to be flat, and I’m amazed that you were able to keep the ears up there. Very inventive, I bet Beck loved it. He should have gotten one of the ears for his cake. LM

Liv TaylorSaturday February 09, 2008 - 6:43 pm

that’s so fantastic!
it gives me hope. if you can do that with 3 kids running around, then i should be able to do something fantastic all by my lonesome.
way to go!

AmieSaturday February 09, 2008 - 4:49 pm

ditto to all of the above comments. It’s awesome!! I want to be your kid in my next life.

ChristySaturday February 09, 2008 - 10:17 am

Looks great! Love the little hat, too. Good idea.

RachelSaturday February 09, 2008 - 9:23 am

So does freezing the cake work for decorating all types of cake?
You are amazing, but I do love the photo with the little guy in the background licking his lips, its beautiful and I’m sure it will be yummy too!

HeatherSaturday February 09, 2008 - 8:23 am

You WOW me. You are so talented at everything.
I wish I had just a pinch of your creativity.

HannahSaturday February 09, 2008 - 1:14 am

Great job! It looks awesome!
I made a similar 3-D cake for Tyler’s 1st birthdy, except it was a teddy bear. I also used the bamboo skewers to hold it together.

**By the way, the best way to make black frosting is to use powdered food colouring, not liquid. You should be able to buy it at a cake shop. Same with red, if you want to make red and not pinky-red.

carlySaturday February 09, 2008 - 12:52 am

Way to go! It looks amazing! You are too creative.

AmySaturday February 09, 2008 - 12:15 am

That’s perfect! I’m glad the muffins worked out! The skewers probably helped a lot!

The Blonde ErinFriday February 08, 2008 - 11:18 pm

Of course it was exactly what you wanted–to quote The Police, “Every little thing she does is Magic.” Bravo!

ShelbyFriday February 08, 2008 - 11:07 pm

Oh. my. gosh. Once again, Kellyanne. You live up to your name: Kellyincredible! Amazing! It looks like it was fun to make as well! How did you ever cut into that? Once my grandma loved a cake so much (it was a little teddy bear cake with coconut), that she kept it in her china cabinet for as long as I can remember! We begged her to let us eat it, but she refused. I’m glad she did. Wow, my first novel!

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