Does your child love Dash, Violet, Jack Jack, Elastigirl and Mr. Incredible? This simple Incredibles birthday cake idea is a great way to make his or her day extra special. We’ve even included the best party supplies to help make it easy for you.
Hey there, Idea Insiders, there are heroes among us, caped crusaders with mild-mannered alter egos… Wait! NO CAPES! Edna Mode from The Incredibles warns they’re too dangerous. But even without a cape, you’ll be your child’s hero with this easy Incredibles birthday cake idea!
Our youngest son (who we call “C2” here on the blog) has been going through a big-time superhero phase in the last few years. For his fifth birthday, he wanted an Avengers birthday cake.
When his sixth birthday was approaching he was insistent that he wanted to focus on The Incredibles. Today we’ll show you how we made an easy Incredibles birthday cake for his special day.
I can’t say I blame him for being drawn to The Incredibles. Those masked superheroes from Metroville are relatable, strong and hilariously funny. Doesn’t every kid run just a little bit faster after seeing Dash in action? If only I could stop C2 from trying to run like that in the house!
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If you’ve been around Ideas for the Home by Kenarry for a while, you’ll know that I love to use plastic toys to decorate birthday cakes. I like to think of the birthday cake as a back drop or stage.
For example, I put a small toy tractor moving a pile of chocolate cookie crumbs on his John Deere tractor cake for his second birthday. Or a few years ago I created an entire Jurassic scene on top of his dinosaur birthday cake.
After seeing me decorate cakes like this for several birthdays, it’s now the first thing C2 thinks about when he dreams up what he wants on his birthday cake each year – “What kind of toys can Mom put on the cake?” Thankfully with Incredibles 2 released at the movie theaters and then on Blu-ray and DVD this past year, it wasn’t hard to make his dreams come true.
How to Make an INCREDIBLES Birthday Cake
Making an Incredibles birthday cake is very easy. You just need a cake mix, some frosting, sprinkles, and action figures of your child’s favorite characters from The Incredibles.
What You Need:
Kitchen Tools Needed:
- Electric mixer
- Mixing bowls
- Round baking pans
- Cooling rack
- Knife or spatula for frosting
- Cake decorating tips
- Disposable cake decorating bags
- Toothpicks (optional)
INGREDIENTS & TOYS NEEDED:
- White cake mix + eggs, oil and water per instructions on the box
- Food coloring
- Cocoa powder
- White frosting, 2 cans
- Blue sprinkles
- Incredibles action figures
1. How to Make a Two Color LAYERED Cake
C2 was very prescriptive in his instructions for how he wanted his cake. It needed to be round and he wanted one layer to be blue and one layer to be yellow.
- To start, prepare the white cake mix in a large mixing bowl according to the directions on the package.
- Next, divide the cake mix into two separate mixing bowls.
- Add blue food coloring to one of the cake mix batter bowls and stir. Then add yellow food coloring to the other cake batter bowl. (You can do this with any two colors you want.)
- Pour each of the batter bowls into separate lightly greased round baking pans.
Tip: To keep the top of your cake flat while it bakes, wrap each of your cake pans with a strip of an old terrycloth bath towel. Before you wrap the towel around your cake pan run it under cold water and wring it out with your hands. Use a safety pin to keep the towel securely in place.
Doing this helps the cake to cook more evenly and makes it easier for you to stack the two layers on top of each other. Otherwise, the outer edges cook first causing the batter to rise in the center.
2. Bake the birthday cake
Follow the directions on the cake mix box using the time and temperature for two round cakes. Watch it closely toward the end of the time. Bake the birthday cake until a toothpick comes out clean. After the cakes have cooled for about 10 minutes, turn them onto a cooling rack.
3. CREATE A BASE LAYER OF FROSTING ON the Cake
Once the cake has cooled completely, carefully flip one of the round cakes over on to a flat surface. We used a cake carrier with a lid so we could easily store the leftover cake to enjoy later.
C2 really wanted red frosting like The Incredibles superhero uniforms. However, I find red frosting is typically very bitter tasting so I talked him into using blue and yellow frosting on his cake instead. I convinced him the characters would stand out better on a blue cake.
To frost the Incredibles birthday cake, first I combined a can of white frosting with blue food coloring in a small bowl. I put a layer on top of the first round cake, then I stacked the second round cake on top of it. Next, I used a spatula to apply an even layer of frosting on the top and sides of the Incredibles cake.
4. CREATE the incredibles LOGO ON TOP OF THE cake
Next, I mixed a little white frosting and yellow food coloring in a small bowl. I inserted a simple round cake tip into the bottom of a decorating bag and filled it with some of the yellow frosting. Save some of the yellow frosting for the next part.
Using the end of a toothpick, I lightly sketched the letter I for Incredibles 2 on the top of the cake. I filled in the shape with yellow frosting, then smoothed it with a small spatula. While I had the yellow frosting ready, I also wrote “Happy Birthday” on the side of the cake. Save the rest of the yellow frosting bag to use later to trim the edges of the cake.
For the next part of the Incredibles logo, I added a little red food coloring into the bowl of yellow frosting to make orange. I dropped another simple cake decorating tip into the bottom of a bag and filled it with some of the orange frosting. (Again, save some orange frosting for the next step.) Then I outlined and filled in the orange oval shape of the Incredibles logo and smoothed it with a small spatula.
Lastly, for the black part of the logo, I created dark brown/gray frosting, by adding a few drops of blue food coloring and a teaspoon of cocoa powder to the small bowl of orange frosting. As with the yellow and orange parts of the logo, put the dark brown frosting into a cake decorating bag and pipe it onto the cake to complete the Incredibles logo.
5. Trim the edges of the incredibles cake
After that, I cut the tip off another cake decorating bag, inserted a star cake decorating tip and filled the bag with white frosting. Then I piped a scalloped edge around the top edge and base of the cake.
Next, I grabbed the yellow frosting bag that I used earlier and created a scallop zig-zag swoop on top of the white trim. To dress it up a little more, I covered the trim with an abundance of blue sprinkles in assorted types and sizes.
I also used the white frosting to create decorative details around the sides of the cake, like big curvy swirls and zigzags.
Then to finish it off, I used the yellow frosting to add stars and asterisks to liven it up a little more for our incredible superheroes.
6. Position the INCREDIBLES figurines.
Next place the Incredibles action figures where you want them on the birthday cake to create a scene. The set of toys I used came with sturdy bases that really helped the characters to stand up well.
If the toys have small holes in the bottom of the feet from the injection molding process, I recommend covering the hole with a small piece of clear tape before you put the toys on the cake. Otherwise, it’s a pain to get the frosting out of the holes later!
C2 wanted Mr. Incredible, Jack Jack and Elastigirl on top of the cake.
It wasn’t possible to fit all five of The Incredibles on top of the birthday cake, so we put Dash and Violet along the side.
Voila! Now you’ve got an easy Incredibles birthday cake that your child will hopefully love as much as C2 loved this cake.
Other INCREDIBLES Birthday Party Supplies
We had a small party with family to celebrate C2’s birthday. Thankfully, I was able to find lots of fun Incredibles party supplies to go with the theme:
If you need party favors for your Incredibles party, we’ve got free printable superhero gift tags you can use. The photo below shows the tags paired with Avengers trinkets and toys, but you could easily fill your Incredibles party favor bags with these themed goodies:
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