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Transformers Cake

The Optimus Prime transformers cake transforms any birthday party into an action-packed celebration!
Makes: Cake serves 12.
Skill Level: Somewhat Easy

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Step 1

Prepare Icing
We suggest that you tint all icings at one time while cake cools. Refrigerate tinted icings in covered containers until ready to use.

Make 3 3/4 cups buttercream icing:
Tint 1/4 cup Blue in set (or Royal Blue)
Tint 1 3/4 cups Dark Blue in set (or dark Royal Blue)
Tint 3/4 cup Gray in set (or use Black)
Tint 1/2 cup Black in set (or Black)
Reserve 1/2 cup white (thin 1/4 cup with 1 teaspoon light corn syrup)

Step 2

Decorate Transformers Cake in Order

Ice background areas smooth with thinned white icing.

Step 3

Outline features with tip 3 in black.

Step 4

Pipe in eye area with tip 3 in blue. Smooth with finger dipped in cornstarch.

Step 5

Cover helmet with tip 16 stars in dark blue.

Step 6

Add highlights with tip 16 stars in white.

Step 7

Cover face with tip 16 stars in gray.

Step 8

Add highlights with tip 16 stars in black.

Step 9

Baking Instructions Preheat oven to 350°F or temperature per recipe directions. Your Transformers cake will unmold easily, without sticking, when you prepare the pan properly. Grease the inside of the Transformers cake pan using a pastry brush and solid vegetable shortening (do not use butter, margarine or liquid vegetable oil). Spread the shortening so that all indentations are covered. Sprinkle about 2 Tablespoons flour inside pan and shake so that flour covers all greased surfaces. Turn the Transformers cake pan upside down and tap lightly to remove excess flour. If any shiny spots remain, touch up with more shortening and flour to prevent cake from sticking. (You can use vegetable oil pan spray or vegetable oil pan spray with flour, in place of solid shortening and flour or use Wilton Cake Release, for perfect, crumb-free cakes!). Make one 2-layer cake mix according to package or recipe directions. Pour the cake batter into the Transformers cake pan, and if necessary, spread the batter around with a spatula to fill all areas of the pan evenly. Be careful not to touch sides or bottom of pan. Bake cake on middle rack of 350°F oven for 30-40 minutes or until cake tests done according to recipe directions. Remove the Transformers cake from the oven and cool on cake rack for 10 minutes. While the cake is still in the pan, carefully slice off the raised center portion of the cake. This allows the cake to sit more level and helps prevent cracking. To remove the Transformers cake from the pan, place the cooling rack against cake and turn both cake rack and Transformers cake pan over. Lift pan off carefully. Cool cake at least one hour. Brush loose crumbs off cake. To transfer the Transformers cake to serving board, hold a cake board against cake and turn both cake and rack over. Lift off rack. Hold another board against bottom of cake and turn cake over. Be sure to hold cake, rack and board close together while turning to prevent the Transformers cake from cracking. We recommend hand washing pan in hot, soapy water.

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Transformers Icing Color Set ((includes Blue, Dark Blue, Gray, Black))


Two-layer cake mix or make favorite layer cake recipe


light corn syrup




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Characters or designs are often outlined first, then piped in with stars or zigzags. Outlines can also be used for facial features.

The star tip creates the most popular, easily accomplished decorations! The serrated edges of the star tip makes ridges in the icing as you squeeze it out. Use for borders, details such as buttons and facial features, flower centers, filling in cakes baked in shaped pans.

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Transformers Cake is rated 4.5714 out of 5 by 14.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I made the optimus prime cake for my husband's 30th birthday. (so he wouldn't feel so old) he looked at what i had started & the wilton guide and didn't say anything. I asked if he'd prefer i use a figurine as a guide instead. That's when he commented that the cake looked nothing like the transformer and the "shading" didn't look right. I scraped off the white and started over. It looked much better, although if you are a beginner the instructions are helpful. After a few cakes it's easier to deviate. The detailing is a little tedious & some spots are more challenging to tell where the outlining goes
Date published: 2012-02-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from What's not to like about the "Transformers"? They're really cool and if you have a Nana(grandmother) who can make a cake that looks just like them for your fifth birthday, well that just means that you're pretty cool too, right? My grandson was so thrilled to have such a cake and his friends were pretty excited too. It feels great to bake and decorate something for someone special because you know you used the best equipment and there was no doubt about it turning out great. All I can say is, that Wilton products always make my baked goods turn out such a success.
Date published: 2010-12-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My grandson absolutely loved the cake. The smile on his face was the all I needed to see. The family enjoyed the cake as well. I made the cake from scratch and now everyone wants their birthday cake in this dark chocolate. The Wilton pan made it easy to make this cake and made my grandson's birhtday extra special. Thank you Wilton.
Date published: 2010-12-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I made and decorated this cake for my (now ex) boyfriend's housewarming present. He loved it and his roommates loved it too. The piping was simple but had such detail. The pan washed with ease. I used my own concentrated gel to get the black coloring. I'll definitely have to try this again with a different character.
Date published: 2011-05-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from love this pan. my nephew wanted a transformer cake for his birthday. i got him this one . i loved it the details came out clearly. the colors were so bright and cool. everyone loved it. make sure you do take your time. filling in the cake with stars takes time. you could also use the three star tip it works great.
Date published: 2011-05-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from My kids suggested we make an "I love you, daddy" cake...and this was their choice. My son helped, by testing all the icing to make sure it was 'yummy' and my daughter enjoyed the challenge of decorating it. It was a lot of fun spending time with the kids and watching as they showed creativity! :)
Date published: 2011-05-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved this pan it came out perfect. I used the buttercream frosting as well as it was great. My son loved the cake. I would recommend this pan, frosting recipe and instructions to anyone. Just allow ample time as it can be a little time consuming to pipe on all the stars, but well worth it.
Date published: 2011-10-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I used this pan today for my son's 7th birthday. He insisted that it be Bumblebee instead though. Armed with my supplies the pan and a Bumblebee action figure from his toy box, I went to work. 1.5 hours later it was done and my son was thrilled with the results. Everyone who saw it loved it.
Date published: 2011-06-11
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