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)
Decorate Transformers Cake in Order
Ice background areas smooth with thinned white icing.
Outline features with tip 3 in black.
Pipe in eye area with tip 3 in blue. Smooth with finger dipped in cornstarch.
Cover helmet with tip 16 stars in dark blue.
Add highlights with tip 16 stars in white.
Cover face with tip 16 stars in gray.
Add highlights with tip 16 stars in black.
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.
One of the most popular techniques, stars come in a range of sizes and styles. Experiment with open and closed stars for variation in look. The star technique is timeless and can be used as a classic border or as a stunning fill-in for the top of a dessert.