Here is my beautiful little girl holding up her picture I drew of Scooby-Doo to decorate her birthday cake with. I looked at the Scooby-Doo picture on the front of her birthday invitations and just copied the picture onto paper in a much larger scale.
This is the method I use to make my shaped cakes. I cannot afford to go out and buy a shaped cake pan every time my children want a specific character cake for their birthday, nor do I have the space to store them all. So I tape together four pieces of white copy paper. I then find a picture of the character I am wanting to do in cake and I draw it on the white, taped paper.
Note if you are not a good copy artist or feel insecure about drawing it out like this, then simply take the picture you are wanting to use and enlarge it on a copy machine to the size you want your cake to be (example two 9×13 cakes makes my picture an 18″x26″). You really only need the shape. You can add the details in latter once you have gotten the shape of the character.
When I do a character cake I normally bake two one layer 9×13 cakes and put them together side by side (as shown in the picture) or you can use a 1/2 size sheet cake pan if you own one, either will work. With a 1/2 size sheet cake pan you would not have the crease, where they meet, to worry about filling in, but that is not difficult enough to go out and buy a pan if you don’t already have one, a 9×13 cake pan is pretty standard in most kitchens and will work just as well. And both ways this cake serves about 40 people.
Next, I use quilting pins and pin my picture down on top of my baked cakes. Then I cut out around the picture and Viola! I have a nice character shaped cake without trying to locate and buy an expensive pan I’ll probably use only this once.
BTW: If you are scared about “drawing in” the details, just make several enlarged copies of your picture. Then cut-out one, to cut the outside shape by, and then cut the detail shapes out of the other and place them where they belong on the large shape and trace around each of the detail shapes in butter-cream frosting with a #4 or #5 Wilton piping tip. This is NOT drawing, this is simply tracing shapes. I know you can do this! You just pretend your cake tip is the pencil and you trace the shapes onto the cake. If you know how to use a copy machine, a pair of scissors and can pipe frosting out of a bag —You can pretty much make any character cake there is! Your kids will LOVE this.
To see other character cakes made using this same method please refer to Jar Jar Binks, Godzilla, Pikachu, and Lego Shock Trooper.
Here he is Scooby-Dooby-Doo!!! He turned out way cute and so easy to do. Please see explanation and instructions on Scooby-Doo Birthday Cake One (Template). He is made using two 9×13 cakes, butted together and cut to the shape needed. He serves about 40 people.
Once again a cute finishing touch using the placement of the candles. He appears to be holding them in his paw in the true Scooby fashion “looking like he is about to drop them”. See above for further instructions.