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BARNEY THE DINOSAUR January 10, 2010

Filed under: birthday,character — dani @ 12:00 pm

This happy fellow was made for our little friend Nirvika’s 2nd birthday party on January 10, 2010.

Design When I asked what kind of cake she wanted, her mother said she loved Barney the dinosaur.  Because Nirvika is only 2, I wanted the cake to have a child-like crayon colored look to it with bold, bright colors and not so perfectly straight stripes.  I used the large 3D teddy bear pan for the overall shape, but it took quite a bit of trimming and carving and filling out the negative spaces with buttercream to get the right dinosaur head and body profile.  I also used marshmallows to fill out  his feet and tail, then covered them with buttercream.

Cake The base cake is chocolate black out cake, but Barney is made from denser chocolate pound cake that is easier to carve without crumbling apart.  

Filling  Vanilla bean Italian meringue buttercream.

Frosting  Vanilla bean Italian meringue buttercream.

Decoration  I used a simple star tip to create the texture on Barney with the round trip to create his spots and toenails.  Eyes and mouth were made from fondant.

Thanks Special thanks to Blake for helping me decorate Barney.  I was quickly running out of time, so we did double duty and each piped stars on opposite sides, meeting in the middle !



3 Comments for this post

Nam Says:

Thanks for doing this for Nirvika. She liked it very much. You are a genius..very beautifully made the cake.

Lee-Ann Says:

Hi there, this is such a stunning Barney. I was working with the 3D bear tin this weekend to make Winnie the pooh and special agent Oso and was wondering if i’d be able to make a Barney too. Now i’ve seen yours it’s more than possible – it’s just his head i’m worried about – you say it’s mostly made out of buttercream? Wow.

It’s a really awesome cake. Well done!

Danielle Says:

It was awhile ago, but I think that I didn’t have to carve much of the face off and I just piped on the snout with a large round tip and medium stiff buttercream and then smoothed it out a little before piping the stars. But you could probably use some marshmallows secured with toothpicks (carve with scissors if needed)and pipe over that. Good luck!

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