Okay, so I decided we'd bake the heads separately, and then cut the bodies and ears out of sheet cakes. My buddy was baking his cake for 40 people, so he used a 9" round cake pan for the head. When the head was baked, he trimmed it to an oval 6" wide (from Miffy's chin to the top of her head - not from cheek to cheek!). I had a small oval pan, so I just used that and scaled the rest of my pattern down. I cut my body and ears out of a 9 x 13 inch sheet cake, and he baked two seperate 6 x 6 inch cakes for his body and ears.
Speaking of pattern, I did a google image search for Miffy and found one that looked like it'd be easy to turn into a cake. I copied and pasted it into a photo editor, enlarged the picture until her head was as wide as our round cake pans (yeah, I had to do this twice) and then I just held a piece of paper against the screen and traced her with a Sharpie. Easy as pie. Took three sheets of paper, per cake.
The cake recipe I used was this white cake recipe from VegWeb.com. I tripled the recipe (which required a HUGE bowl, I might add) and I replaced the almond extract with Mr Gouda's Mixed Essence, which imparts a somewhat fruity flavour.
So...First, we got our manliest aprons on:
And then we baked our cakes.
When the cakes were cooled, we cut out the patterns and stuck them to our cakes using toothpicks, then simply used a bread knife to cut the cakes into shape.
Here's a photo of what I'm talking about with the patterns and the toothpicks- I'm linking this one off-site because this is actually my friend's non-vegan cake. I didn't think to get a photo of my own. Sorry! Oh, and if you're wondering about the pink spots, he put dehydrated strawberries in his cake. Great idea!
Once we had our cakes cut out and assembled, I glazed them with frosting which I had thinned out with a bit of water. I just did this to seal the cakes and glue down any stray crumbs. Once the glaze dried, my friend and I outlined Miffy's features with chocolate frosting.
Then comes the
We used pastry bags fitted with number 16 tips (the star shape).
The "buttercream" recipe I used is as follows:
1 cup solid vegetable shortening
1 tsp clear vanilla
4 cups sifted confectioner's sugar (1 lb)
2 tbsp soymilk
We actually doubled the recipe and just mixed it in a large bowl with a hand mixer until it looked good. Wilton food colouring paste was used for Miffy's dress.
And there you go! That's how you make a Miffy. :)