I really wish I had taken more pictures of the process of making this cake, but sadly I did not start taking pictures until I had already gotten this much done. My son wanted a WALL-E cake for his birthday, so here is my version. In all the cakes I have made in 21 years of decorating cakes –this cake is my personal favorite. It turned out so cute we could not decide whether to hug it or eat it (we finally ate it). I made WALL-E using five 12″ square layers (this was fun too, because the layers were a Neapolitan (chocolate, white and strawberry). Everyone got a slice of their favorite cake. There is card board and dowels between every couple layers to help support the weight –I just cut the card board a little smaller so I could completely finish off the outside as one large square. Then I made a couple 9×13 chocolate cakes and cut them into large strips and stacked them 3 or so high on each side to make the track/wheels. I also used some of the 9×13 and cut out small squares and stacked them high enough to make the neck. WALL-E’s eyes are Styrofoam (there was no way I could come up with to support the weight of cake for the eyes). BTW: WALL-E’s eyes are made from Styrofoam cones with the back trimmed and the fronts shaped to an oval. Here WALL-E is shown before I added his arms and finishing touches (for completed project see the next 13 pictures).
You cannot make a WALL-E cake and not take full advantage of the opportunity to crush cookies and make. . .DIRT! This is a part where the kids can help. Just make sure they do not eat it all before you get it on the cake.
The finished arm after adding in the white stripes. BTW: There is a large 1/2 inch wooden dowel rod that runs through the center of WALL-E from the top of his eyes clear down to the cake board. This dowel holds WALL-E’s eyes on and helps give him stability. Also if you look close at his head you will see a piece of black licorice used to look like wire attaching together the eyes and the neck.
Here is a close-up of WALL-E’s front.
One finishing touch was a plastic roach from the local dollar store. For any of you who have seen the Disney movie WALL-E, you know he must have his faithful side kick. He just had to have a roach, cake or not. Can you tell how tired I am? I attached the roach with white frosting instead of grabbing my yellow. Oh, well I just told my son it was Twinkie filling residue. The best part was at the birthday party when my son picks off the roach and pops it in his mouth to suck off all the frosting. BTW: WALL-E took me a total of 14 hours to make, all I can say is the CRAZY love of a mother for her child.
Here I am piping the detail onto WALL-E’s arms. BTW: His arms are actually cut strips from a Styrofoam plate and attached with toothpicks. The toothpicks were left only slightly sticking out and then covered in frosting.
A close-up as I finish the arm. The three black dots are where I covered the three toothpicks used to secure the arm on, that were barely sticking out. You can also see where I mixed some brown/rust colored frosting and used a butter knife to gently create some smears of rust giving WALL-E a well worn look (I do not own an airbrush —so I make do with what I have available to me).