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Easy Buzz Lightyear Toy Story Birthday Cake Idea

Here’s a Buzz Lightyear Toy Story birthday cake idea that even cake decorating total beginners like me can make. Just print out my free Buzz cake pattern below to make your own Space Ranger.

I used a little cheater method: make and roll out some chocolate candy clay (easy), trace out pieces with a knife, and assemble it into a little edible puzzle.

Easy Buzz Lightyear Toy Story Birthday Cake Idea

Elise requested stars so I cut some out with cookie cutters and put them around the bottom.

Easy Buzz Lightyear Toy Story Birthday Cake Idea

I usually buy birthday cakes. Super cute bakery cakes. But starting this year I told myself that I’m going to stop buying cakes and start learning how to make them if it kills me. I bake but not very well …making cakes seems so intimidating especially with the ridiculously perfect Toy Story birthday cakes out there.

But maybe perfect isn’t the point? I loved the cakes my mom made me growing up, LOVED THEM imperfections and all, from the bunny…

Easy Buzz Lightyear Toy Story Birthday Cake Idea

to the pig…

Easy Buzz Lightyear Toy Story Birthday Cake Idea

and Snoopy and the gang.

Easy Buzz Lightyear Toy Story Birthday Cake Idea

Thank goodness for the book Cupcakes, Cookies and Pies Oh My! and CakeGirls cake and icing recipes. Mary and Brenda from Cakegirls made our poppy wedding cake and then featured it on their WeTV television show ‘Amazing Wedding Cakes’ and they have a new Cakegirls website with tons of great products and how-tos. And while there’s no danger of me becoming a professional baker I’m pretty happy with how the Buzz Lightyear birthday cake turned out …and better yet, Elise loved it.

Easy Buzz Lightyear Toy Story Birthday Cake Idea

Easy Buzz Lightyear Toy Story Birthday Cake Idea

WANNA MAKE IT? Free printable pattern and tutorial for making a Buzz Lightyear Toy Story birthday cake –>

Easy Buzz Lightyear Toy Story Birthday Cake Idea Easy Buzz Lightyear Toy Story Birthday Cake Idea Easy Buzz Lightyear Toy Story Birthday Cake Idea
Easy Buzz Lightyear Toy Story Birthday Cake Idea Easy Buzz Lightyear Toy Story Birthday Cake Idea Easy Buzz Lightyear Toy Story Birthday Cake Idea

Supplies for making an easy Buzz Lightyear Toy Story birthday cake:

If you made it, share it. Post a comment, share photos on the MerrimentDesign.com Facebook page or tweet a picture to @merrimentdesign.

How to make a Buzz Lightyear Toy Story Birthday Cake:

Make the candy clay a day or two in advance. I used the recipe in the book Cupcakes, Cookies & Pie, Oh My! which is a really cute book, recommend it.

Place 1 bag (12 oz) of white Wilton candy melts in a medium glass bowl.

Easy Buzz Lightyear Toy Story Birthday Cake Idea

Microwave on high, stopping to stir every 20 seconds or so, until the candy is melted and smooth, about 1 minute (it is important to not overheat).

Easy Buzz Lightyear Toy Story Birthday Cake Idea

It took me three zaps but every microwave is different.

Easy Buzz Lightyear Toy Story Birthday Cake Idea

Measure 1/4 cup Karo light corn syrup. I hope my friend Heather isn’t reading this.

Easy Buzz Lightyear Toy Story Birthday Cake Idea

Add the corn syrup and stir with a rubber spatula until well combined.

Easy Buzz Lightyear Toy Story Birthday Cake Idea

It will get kind of stiff and look kind of grainy like this.

Easy Buzz Lightyear Toy Story Birthday Cake Idea

“Cover tightly with plastic wrap and let stand at room temperature for at least 3 hours to firm up. The candy clay can be made up to 4 days in advance and stored, covered, at room temperature.” Yes, this seems kind of weird to me but I did it and ate it and everything was fine.

Easy Buzz Lightyear Toy Story Birthday Cake Idea

When ready to use, make all of your colors. Knead until smooth. If you made it in advance and it’s a little stiff, then microwave the clay for 5-10 seconds to soften it up. Break off about the amount you think you’ll need for each color. Tint it using food coloring and knead it well to blend the colors. I wore plastic food gloves to keep my hands from getting food coloring all over them.

Easy Buzz Lightyear Toy Story Birthday Cake Idea

Print out my free Buzz Lightyear cake pattern which will fit on an 8″ round cake. Or make whatever pattern you want on a Xerox machine.

Easy Buzz Lightyear Toy Story Birthday Cake Idea

I cut out all of the pieces. Later I realized that you really only need to cut out the big pieces — just the face, hat, and suit — and the rest you can “trace” …I’ll show you that in a minute.

Easy Buzz Lightyear Toy Story Birthday Cake Idea

Roll out the candy clay between two sheets of waxed paper to 1/8-inch or thinner. Mine were on the thick side.

Easy Buzz Lightyear Toy Story Birthday Cake Idea

Open up the wax paper, place the pattern on top, and run a knife around the outside. The candy clay is easy to cut and peel away.

Easy Buzz Lightyear Toy Story Birthday Cake Idea

For smaller pieces like the eyebrows, eyes, buttons, etc. just put a piece of wax paper on top of your printout and either cut it out or just mold it on (again my printout was red because Elise had colored it).

Easy Buzz Lightyear Toy Story Birthday Cake Idea

Start to layer up the pieces. Looking like Buzz, yes?

Easy Buzz Lightyear Toy Story Birthday Cake Idea

Keep going. Here’s the purple helmet…

Easy Buzz Lightyear Toy Story Birthday Cake Idea

Cut out stars using a cookie cutter.

Easy Buzz Lightyear Toy Story Birthday Cake Idea

OK so here are all the pieces. Cover it all in plastic wrap and work on the cake.

Easy Buzz Lightyear Toy Story Birthday Cake Idea

Easy Buzz Lightyear Toy Story Birthday Cake Idea

I used the Cake Girls recipe for vanilla cake and Brenda’s Buttercream Frosting recipe. Those ladies sure know what they’re doing. Both the cake and frosting tasted awesome. The frosting recipe made a ton of icing. A TON. And no, my icing job here wasn’t that smooth but you’ll cover it up here in a minute.

Easy Buzz Lightyear Toy Story Birthday Cake Idea

OK so now place the suit onto the cake.

Easy Buzz Lightyear Toy Story Birthday Cake Idea

And layer on Buzz’s head.

Easy Buzz Lightyear Toy Story Birthday Cake Idea

Press the stars around the bottom edge.

Easy Buzz Lightyear Toy Story Birthday Cake Idea

Put in the fridge until the party. I had it loosely wrapped in plastic wrap but this photo is cuter.

Easy Buzz Lightyear Toy Story Birthday Cake Idea

If you made it, share it. Post a comment, share photos on the MerrimentDesign.com Facebook page or tweet a picture to @merrimentdesign.

 
 




16 Responses to “Easy Buzz Lightyear Toy Story Birthday Cake Idea {For Beginners Like Me}”


  1. Kathy Beymer Says:

    Awesome tips! Thanks for sharing them.

  2. AB Says:

    Thanks so much for the idea and instructions! I made a version of this cake and it turned out great! Here a few tips to make it easier.

    You can use different colour chocolate wafers to make the different colours instead of colouring different batches of white. The bulk store carries all of the colours in the rainbow.

    Also, once you make the chocolate/corn suryp misture you can put it in the fridge to cool it done and then its ready to use immediately. However too long in the fridge and it becomes very hard and unworkable so I would suggest checking every 10 min.

    Thanks agaiin for introducing me to this technique I will be using it all the time now!!

  3. Jennifer Says:

    No worries! It worked out in the end. Kept the clay chilled & that seemed to help a lot! Your page got me onto the right track, which I appreciate! My son loved the cake!

  4. Jennifer Says:

    Don’t worry! It turned out okay in the end! I rolled out the clay & then put it in the fridge to firm it up. My son LOVED it! You got me onto the right track so I thank you! This weekend’s cake fun will be Cinderella for my little princess’ 3rd birthday. Thankfully found a little Cinderella figure at the checkout in Target. Blue cake. Slap Cindy on top. Done. ;)

  5. Kathy Beymer Says:

    Hi Sara! I’m so happy that your cake worked out and I bet it looked amazing! Post a picture to http://www.facebook.com/merrimentdesign and I’ll share it with everyone. And thanks so much for commenting to tell me that you used the tutorial. Totally makes my day!

  6. Sara Says:

    First and foremost, I’m not a baker at all! I’ve never decorated a cake in my life but thanks to your post, my son will be thrilled with his cake in the morning! Thank you for the detailed, easy to follow directions! Mine looks nothing like yours, my colors are off, my lines jagged but my little guy won’t ever know the difference :) my MIL wanted to bake his cake but had no idea who Buzz was so I agreed ( somehow) to do it. I’ll send you a picture of everything put together tomorrow. Thanks again from a baking impaired, mom of 3 under 4!

  7. Kathy Beymer Says:

    Hi Sara, so fun that you’re making it! I used the Ateco Spectrum Food Colors (12 squeeze bottles of soft gel paste): http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00004S1C6?ie=UTF8&camp=213733&creative=393185&creativeASIN=B00004S1C6&linkCode=shr&tag=merridesig01-20

    That made it kind of easy to match the colors. Would love to see a picture of your cake! Post it at facebook.com/merrimentdesign and I’ll share it with everyone. Happy birthday to your son!

  8. Sara Says:

    Hi, great cake! I’m making this now for my son’s 4th birthday party tomorrow. What food coloring combinations did you use for those colors, yours look right on!

  9. Kathy Beymer Says:

    Hi Jennifer, oh no! I’m sorry to hear that it is sticking. I re-read my post recipe and realized that I had a typo in there so you have too much oil in there! Crap, I’m so sorry! It should be 1/4 cup oil for 12 oz of chocolate.

    http://www.wilton.com/recipe/Candy-Clay-1

    I feel terrible! I’ve updated the typo in the post above but of course it’s too late for your batch. I wonder if you could save it by squeezing out the oil? Or add in some powdered sugar and knead it in? This forum here has some good candy clay tips:

    http://www.wilton.com/forums/messageview.cfm?catid=4&threadid=154629

    Again, I’m sorry. I would love to make it up to you – please let me know how!

  10. Jennifer Says:

    I’m working on this one for my son as I type. I’m having a really hard time with the chocolate clay. I made it yesterday & it’s firmed up just like you said it would. However, when I lay it on the wax paper, roll it out, and cut the shapes; it sticks! It’s a disaster! Any thoughts?

  11. Kathy Beymer Says:

    Hi Jessica, I used these food color markers. They’re really fun! You can use them on iced cookies or chocolate too, so like on cake pops. Thanks for commenting! http://thecakegirls.com/shop-1/cake/food-coloring/2-sided-food-color-pens-set-of-10.html

  12. Jessica Says:

    Great cake!!! How did you draw the emblem (little blue spaceship) on Buzz’s collar?

    Thanks!

  13. W.Saad Says:

    Thanks for the tips Kathy! If all goes well, I’ll be making it in the next couple of days–and if it comes out okay for the party, then I’ll take a pic and post it :). Thanks again!

  14. Kathy Beymer Says:

    Thanks! Yeah, I’m glad I made it for her. And it tasted really good! I was amazed. As for the three layers, yes, I made two recipes of the cake and used three layers — and we all ate the fourth as practice to see how it tasted and also because Elise kept asking me if she could eat her cake yet. And here’s the long story: The first time I misread the recipe as 1-1/2 CUPS of butter instead of 1-1/2 STICKS of butter. Oye. So that batch turned out obviously way too butter-y. So I made another batch. Would love to see your cake once you make it! Feel free to post a picture on the MerrimentDesign.com Facebook wall.

  15. W.Saad Says:

    Absolutely amazing cake! I am also really big on making my sons’ birthday cakes, but when it came to making a Buzz Lightyear cake, I didn’t know where to start. I was set on purchasing the Buzz (Wilton) cake pan, but after coming across your site and your adorable cake, I’m inspired to try your idea instead! Thanks so much for sharing your instructions step by step :).

    You mentioned that your cake is 3 layers, but the cake recipe you cited yields a two-layer cake…did you use smaller pans (smaller than the 8″ ones their recipe suggests)?

    Thanks again for the inspiration!!


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