How to make a blue jeans cake

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Want the kids to appreciate what a hip mom you are? Make this Blue Jeans cake for your fashionista's next birthday party. Professional baker Liv Hansen shows you how, with a cake designed by the Betty Crocker Kitchens.

How to make a blue jeans cake

Assembling the blue jeans cake:

  1. Mix blue food coloring into a large bowl of frosting until you get a desired jean color.
  2. Mix yellow food coloring into a smaller amount of food coloring for the stitching.
  3. Cut the dome off of the cake using a serrated knife. Flip the cake over.
  4. Cut off a section starting about an inch from one of the long sides.
  5. Cut a ‘V’ into the cake for the legs, then cut the triangle you’ve cut into two smaller pieces, lengthwise. These two pieces will be adhere to the outside of the jean pant legs to create flares.
  6. Place the cake on a serving platter, using frosting as ‘glue’ underneath to keep the cake from sliding. Assemble the pieces to make the flare, and use the one-inch piece you cut off for a belt at the top of the cake. Glue the pieces with frosting.
  7. Apply a crumb coat of frosting to the cake (this is a thin layer of frosting that seals in the crumbs). Chill the frosted cake for a little while to firm up the frosting.

 

Decorating the blue jeans cake:

  1. Once chilled, apply the final layer of frosting using your offset spatula (or a butter knife).
  2. Add stitching to your blue jeans cake using the yellow frosting. Put the yellow frosting into a pastry cone with a small hole. Pipe on frosting to mark the stitching on the bottom of the legs and the pockets.
  3. Place a strip of Fruit by the Foot™ at the top to make the belt. Another Fruit by the Foot™ can be cut into strips and applied as a ‘tassel’.
  4. Make patches using candies and Fruit by the Foot™.
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LAURIE: Hi I’m Laurie Gelman for howdini.com. If there’s little girl in your life with dreams of being a pop star, then this blue jean cake will definitely set the right mood. It’s a fun cake for almost any girl’s birthday party theme. Dress-up, makeup, even karaoke! Liv Hansen for Betty Crocker Kitchens is waiting to show us how to make it for the little fashionistas in our lives. C’mon. Hey Liv, how are you?

LIV: Hi Laurie. Welcome.

LAURIE:Thanks. I’m so excited about this cake. I have a daughter who’s seven years old. She wants to be a pop diva so badly, and I would love to make this cake for her. I’m hoping you’ll be able to show me how to do it.

LIV: I can show you, and you’ll be able to do it. All you need is a 13 by 9 regular baking pan.

LAURIE: I have that.

LIV: Okay, great.

LAURIE: Okay.

LIV: So, what I would recommend first, just to get started and set up, is to actually mix your colors. And then we’ll set them aside and start to cut.

LAURIE: And I’m frosting.

LIV: You’re frosting.

LAURIE: Okay.

LIV: So you can use just store-bought coloring, and drop it in drop by drop, just to make sure its not too dark. Because it can be very concentrated.

LAURIE: Wow.

LIV: You can see, its already getting darker. Like I said, just keep adding the color.

LAURIE: Wow, that’s nice and blue. How many drops did you end up putting in to get to that color?

LIV: It was probably about a teaspoon, actually.

LAURIE: Okay.

LIV: Now we’re also going to mix the yellow. So I’m just going to add the yellow, a couple of drops.

LAURIE: Okay.

LIV: And then stir it. I’m going to make it a little bit darker, though, to make it stand out really nicely against the blue. So its like another three drops. Let’s see if that gets us to a nice, bright yellow. So that looks, that looks good.

LAURIE: Alright.

LIV: And we’re going to move right into the cutting the cake. Now you’ll notice that it has a little dome.

LAURIE: Mmhmm.

LIV: We’re going to slice that off, just going around, just be careful. You can put your hand on top to support it, if you want. Just make sure you don’t cut your hand. Okay. So we’re going to flip it over. Okay. So now we’re going to cut a one inch slice down this side. This is going to be the belt at the top of this –

LAURIE: Oh, you’re going to use this later!

LIV: Yes.

LAURIE: Okay, great.

LIV: Okay. Now, I’m going to just eyeball this, but if you want, you can use a template, or you can mark where you’re going to cut with little toothpicks. Okay, like this. Slice that down.

LAURIE: The cake’s really good, by the way.

LIV: Remove your toothpicks. Like I said, I’m going to cut this right down the middle. Okay. Now its time to arrange it on your serving tray. Okay. So we’re going to place this right down. And this is little flare n the jeans.

LAURIE: Oh, we’re making bell-bottoms!

LIV: Bell-bottoms.

LAURIE: Alright.

LIV: Now this extra piece that we had, I’m going to put it here, and I’m just going to cut it to the size of the jean. Okay. So now, we have this down in the place where we want it. And you can actually use this as a kind of glue. I’m going to take a little bit and put it underneath so the cake doesn’t slide.

LAURIE: Oh, that’s a great idea so the –

LIV: While I’m icing it.

LAURIE: Frosting sticks.

LIV: Yeah. Okay. And it can also be the glue to adhere all the pieces that you’ve already cut. And up here. Okay. So now, the next step is to crumb coat your cake. A crumb coat is basically just a thin layer of icing that covers the entire cake, and it seals in any crumbs that might pop up. So I’m just going to continue around all the sides and the top, covering the cake completely with the frosting. For best results, after you have this all crumbed, chill it for a while, and that will firm up the frosting a bit. Well to save time, I already have one chilled that we can start decorating.

LAURIE: Great. Oh, that looks great.

LIV: Great. So now we’re ready for the final coat. I’m going to spoon some of the frosting on, and I’m using an off-set spatula to spread it.

LAURIE: I always use just a regular butter knife, is that –

LIV: You can use that as substitute.

LAURIE: Is that wrong?

LIV: It's not wrong at all, no. Use whatever you can find in your home to help you out.

LAURIE: Okay.

LIV: Now I’m going to try and smooth the edges. But again, they don’t have to be perfect. Just as long as the whole cake is coated. Okay, now for the fun part, the decorating.

LAURIE: Oh, good.

LIV: We have our yellow frosting, and we also have an assortment of candies that we’re going to decorate our cake with. So I’m going to take a little bit of the frosting, and put it into a pastry cone. The first thing I’m going to do, is actually pipe little stitching on the cake.

LAURIE: So tiny hole, I’m guessing.

LIV: Tiny hole, yeah. I cut a small hole in it. And then we’re going to do like the stitching on the pocket.

LAURIE: Okay.

LIV: Do you think it needs it anywhere else?

LAURIE:No, I think we’re good.

LIV: Oh, now the candy. Okay. Well, we have fruit roll-ups. There are great for belts. Open it up.

LAURIE: Okay.

LIV: And we’re going to –

LAURIE: I like the leopard print.

LIV: Take it off the paper.

LAURIE: Okay.

LIV: And we’re going to cut it to the size that we need. So what you can do is sort of start at this corner. So keep going across the cake, touching down into the frosting. You can use a scissor, or a knife, and just trim it. And then press it in.

LAURIE: So cute!

LIV: Okay.

LAURIE: Mmhmm.

LIV: And I also cut a little piece here to make a little tassel. This one has, like, its cut out in shapes already. So you can actually peel it off, and just have it like sort of draping down the cake. Want to try a couple of those, and drape them over?

LAURIE: All right. And, sort of like that?

LIV: Great! Yep, that looks great.

LAURIE: Okay.

LIV: So now what I’m going to do, is we’re going to apply some candies. To make them stick, I would recommend using little dots of frosting.

LAURIE: Okay.

LIV: You can choose anything you like there.

LAURIE: Does it matter what colors?

LIV: No.

LAURIE: Great.

LIV: Okay. So you can also put little patches on. I’m going to put a little patch, and maybe some –

LAURIE: And that’s a fruit roll-up as well?

LIV: This is also a fruit roll-up. But, you know, you can go to the candy shop and find whatever candies you like to use.

LAURIE: Can I make a little flower?

LIV: Sure. Like a little patch. Yeah, there you go.

LAURIE: So do I need frosting underneath?

LIV: No. This’ll –

LAURIE: Ooh.

LIV: Stick because this has frosting underneath it. It’ll stick right to it.

LAURIE: Oh. Great. How pretty is this?

LIV: Very nice. I think our jeans are done.

LAURIE: That looks fantastic. Thank you so much. My daughter is going to think I’m the coolest mom in the world, when I bring out this cake.

LIV: Thank you for helping.

LAURIE: Thanks, Liv. And if you want to add more glamour to your party, you can give the girls lots of accessories, like temporary tattoos, sparkly makeup, and nail polish. I’m Laurie Gelman for howdini.com.

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    Liv Hansen Professional Baker and Author Liv Hansen is the author of three books, has appeared on the Today Show, Top 5 (Food Network), The View and Roker on the Road, and was a finalist on the Food Network Challenge: Haunted Gingerbread. more about this expert »

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