I am so honoured to have made this Superman cake for this special little superboy.
I was deeply touched when I was told the story of why they chose the superhero theme for this baby boy’s 1st birthday. He had conquered many a battle within his first year of life than many of us has gone thru most of our lives. He is a fighter, an inspiration and indeed a real life superhero.
Although it was a Superman birthday party, the main theme focused more on the human side of Superman – his secret identity as a writer/journalist Clark Kent. I was given the colors baby blue, yellow and beige by the party’s planner Heartmuch Weddings & Events and pretty much given carte blanche with the design.
So for the design, I decided to go a bit more on the retro comic book route and added elements that were decidedly Clark Kent – a pair of glasses, necktie, a press pass and a note pad with pencil.
For the glasses, I printed a template of an eyeglass (just Googled it) on paper and cut it a craft knife. I rolled a thin piece of black gumpaste and placed the template on top and carefully cut it. It helps to smear a bit of shortening on the underside of the template to help it stick to the gumpaste. I let it dry for a day and assembled the pieces with some royal icing.
I customized the Superman logo with the celebrant’s initial, which is “D”. I have a letter “D” cutter and made my own template of the shape of the logo to fit it. I did it by simply drawing a square and snipping one corner off. I used that to make and cut the “background”.
Then I used the same template, cut the inside part out and used that to cut out the logo part. Then I just fitted the letter “D” in.
For the “POW”, I freehand cut the letters and the yellow background.
For the collar I just cut 2 strips of white fondant with one of the ends on a pointy “V” shape.
I used gumpaste to make the stars, the number 1 and the speech bubble. I used a black edible marker to write on the speech bubble. I made all these 1-2 days before.
The newspaper was actually the invitation and I had it printed out on edible sheet. I rolled out a thin piece of white fondant, brushed on some a wee bit of water and attached the printed sheet and cut it to size.
Of course, I really wanted to add the classic phone booth – Superman’s favorite changing room. I also had that printed out on the edible sheet.
I also really wanted to add the Daily Planet building but there wasn’t much space so I just decided to add a shadowed cityscape all around the back of the cake. I think the little planet was my favorite part.
I also made Superman inspired cookies and meringues.
Here are a few more images from the party. Heartmuch Weddings and Events did a great job designing and putting together this 1st birthday party dessert table. Pictures courtesy of Adi Photography.
I love the little details like vintage typewriter and newspaper party hats. I had no idea what the decorations were before but I was so glad to see that the cake blended in perfectly! You can find more pictures of this awesome Clark Kent party here.
I hope you enjoyed this Superman cake post. And for little baby Derrick, you are a true inspiration, a real superhero in our hearts!