Want to make a delicious Mickey Mouse cake from scratch? Well this is a tested cake mix that is homemade and delicious. It is totally doable and is created using ingredients you may already have in your pantry. If you like this tutorial, I hope you’ll pin in on PINTEREST and help me spread the word about Happy and Blessed Home! This cake recipe is for a homemade vanilla flavored cake. If you would prefer a chocolate cake, please see my Chocolate Cake Recipe.
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Mickey Mouse Birthday Party Cake
This post is based on the cake I just made for my now three-year-old. Enjoy!
For this Mickey Mouse cake I used two 8″ rounds and one extra thick 10″ round. I also did two layers of icing. I used royal icing (recipe below) to do the first coat and then I colored some white Duncan Hines icing with blue, green and yellow food coloring to lay on an extra thick layer of icing (it did a better job of covering up the imperfections of the cake). I start with 10 drops of food coloring and then just add drops until the icing reaches my desired color. Photo: This has the 1st layer of frosting – you can see how it creates a “shell.” You may also notice the jagged edges of the cake. I had to take off the decor to re-frost the cake.
The nice thing about using royal icing as the first layer of color is that it pours onto the cake. It creates a sort of shell over any cake imperfections. I let that layer set-up overnight and then I was able to frost the cake with an additional layer and no crumbs go into the outer layer. Neat trick right?
You can get the figurines and fun Mickey Mouse party supplies on Amazon. I’ve included a link to the figurines here:
The stars and flowers are made out of candy melt and the decals of Mickey and friends are from the baking section at Walmart. For the molds I used ice cube trays that looked like flowers (Dollar Store) and stars (Walmart). If you use an ice cube try your candy melts may be a little thick. If so, just melt the backs off in the double boiler after they have hardened. I also recommend placing the candy in the fridge to harden – they come out nice and shiny when you refrigerate them. Photo: Make sure to use a double boiler if you cook candy melt. If you place candy melt in direct contact with a metal pan it will carmelize and turn brown.
Helpful Tips for this Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Birthday Cake
The clubhouse and shoe garage are four-color printables I downloaded from Disney Junior. Before you start a cake like this, a couple of key things to keep in mind:
- It’s very important to have all the ingredients at room temperature before you start.
- Combine elements as directed. If you try to combine them all at once you’ll have a mess and not a cake. I think the most important step is whipping up the butter and then whipping in the sugar. Photo: Not whipped enough. Must be airy and creamy. I lost a ten inch because I did not whip the mix enough.
- Make sure to thoroughly grease and dust flour onto the inside of the cake pans. For greasing I always use unsalted room-temp butter.
- Plan to make your cake at least two days in advance so you have enough time to spend decorating the cake.
Mickey Mouse Cake Ingredients
Ingredients: (this mix is perfect for one 8″ round, to make a 10″ round you’ll need 1 & 1/2 times this mixture). I used 3 1/2 batches of cake mix to make the cake pictured in this post. It could easily feed cake to 35-40 people.
- 3 eggs
- 1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
- 1 1/2 cups cake flour
- 3/4 tsp. baking powder
- 1/4 tsp. salt
- 12 Tbs. (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/3 cup milk
Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Birthday Cake Directions
Have all ingredients at room temperature.
Preheat an oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour the walls of your cake pan.
In a small bowl, whisk together the eggs and vanilla until blended. In another bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside. It is important to use three different bowls and combine ingredients as directed.
In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the flat beater, beat the butter on medium-high speed until light and creamy, about 3 minutes (I have a simple hand held mixer and it worked just as well). Gradually add the sugar and beat until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Stop the mixer and scrape down the sides of the bowl. Add the egg mixture and beat on medium speed until well combined, about 1 minute.
Reduce the speed to low and add the flour mixture in 3 additions, alternating with the milk and beginning and ending with the flour. Beat each addition until just incorporated, stopping the mixer occasionally to scrape down the sides of the bowl; do not over mix.
Pour or spoon your batter in to the prepared cake pan, filling them to about 1/4 inch from the rim of the pan. Gently tap the pan on the countertop to release andy air bubbles. Using a small spatula, spread some of the batter up the sides of the wells. This cake rises quite a bit you may need to use a bread knife to trim the cake after it bakes. I also recommend placing a cookie sheet under the cake pan in the event any batter flows over the sides.
Bake until the cakes are golden brown on top and a toothpick inserted into the center of each cake pan comes out clean, 35 to 45 minutes. If you bake multiple cakes at the same time it could take longer.
Make sure it is throughly cooked, else your cake will flop in the middle. Transfer the pan to a wire rack and let cool for 15 minutes. Using a serrated knife, level any part of the cake that rose above the rim of the pan. Gently tap the pan on the countertop to loosen the cake. Invert the pan onto the rack and lift off the pan. I also recommend removing the cake from it’s pan while it is still warm. If you wait it may be very hard to remove. Let the cake cool completely, then decorate as desired. The recipes for the cake and icing are from Williams-Sanoma Kitchen. Meringue Powder is one ingredient you may not have on hand. You can pick it up at Michaels or Williams Sanoma.
Recipe for Royal Icing
- 4 cups confectioners’ sugar
- 6 Tbs. warm water, or as needed
- 3 Tbs. meringue powder (you can find this at Michael’s)
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
In a large bowl using a handheld mixer, mix together all of the ingredients until smooth and thick, yet pourable. If necessary, add more warm water, 1 Tbs. at a time, to achieve the correct consistency. Makes enough icing for 1 color used on this cake. You want it to be thick and pourable. I made two batches for this cake, one batch I used to make the blue and the other I used to make the green icing. I’ve used both regular food coloring and gel coloring and both work great.
You want it thick and pourable. Remember- food coloring is liquid so you may need to add more powdered sugar once you color the frosting.
Store icing in bowls or jars with a piece of plastic touching and covering the entire surface of the icing to prevent it from forming a crust. The icing will keep for 3 to 4 days. Pictured below is the second layer of icing – Duncan Hines dyed the desired colors. The trim is ready-made cupcake icing.
I think the hardest thing about this cake was deciding how I would decorate it. Once I made up my mind it was easy to do. I decided to make the bottom two layers green like grass and decorate with red flowers. The top two layers are blue like the sky and I decorated them with yellow stars.
You can order the Mickey Mouse figures online and they are actually not that expensive. For FREE Mickey Mouse prinatbles including the clubhouse you see here go to my previous post on Mickey Mouse Printables.
If you’re planning a Mickey Mouse birthday party, here are some great decorations and party favors to get your party started!
Mickey Mouse Birthday Party Plates, Napkins, Favors and More
If you’re planning a Mickey Mouse or Minnie Mouse themed birthday party don’t miss some of the amazing party decorations from Birthday Express. Below I’ve included links to some of their fabulous and fun Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse Birthday Party room decorations and party favors. As you can see by the photos, the colors are rich and the decorations are gorgeous.
Even if you don’t see exactly what you need listed here please start shopping via my links – every click-though helps. We loved the vivid colors and quality of the tableware, room decorations, wall hangings, centerpieces, napkins, plates and party favors. I think you’ll love the products from Birthday Express and I’m recommending them because they have the products my family loves and uses. Thank you!
The cake was a HIT! The birthday boy loved his cake. Mommy liked it too – it’s a dense, buttery cake – my friends said it tasted like wedding cake – I took that as a compliment. 😉
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- Learn to Read Alphabet Series – Printable Packages with 30+ FREE Activities for each letter of the Alphabet
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- Preschool Morning Board Series – an easy visual system to teach basic skills; can be used for circle time
- Montessori Planning Post – with labels, organizational charts & more
FREE Party Planning tools, recipes, printables and more
Speaking of parties, I’ve posted a free 50 point party planning checklist, free printables, and lots of recipes for party food on my blog. Check out some of these great party themed posts.
- Download and create your very own FREE Sesame Street Party Decorations
- Download Over 30 Birthday Printables for a Disney Princess Party
- Need help getting organized? Try my FREE three-page 50 Point Party Planning Checklist
- Need help baking the perfect Chocolate Cake? I have a step by step tutorial with lots of photos here: Chocolate Cake
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