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How to make a Mike Wazowski cake.The Monsters inc. & Monster University star that any kid will love for their birthday.

Updated on October 9, 2013

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If you haven't seen Monsters inc. or Monsters University - why not?

Both films are great films that are loved by children whether they are big or small.

Filled with hilarious moments that you will love why not watch them today - well right after you have made this amazing Mike cake that will be the best birthday present for your little one. A birthday treat they will never forget.

And just imagine what their friend's parents will say about your amazing skills. You will be a hit.

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How do we make a simple Mike cake?

A simple round cake can be decorated to look like Mike:

  • Cook the round cake first.
  • It must be cool before you work on it.
  • Cut it in half (Alternatively cook two shallow cakes.)
  • Then spread a butter-cream and place the top back on.
  • Colour the required amounts of icing for all the hard work to come.
  • Then you need to place the green icing all the way around the cake. (Watch the video for tips if you find this a difficult part)
  • Note: if you find that the icing has cracked where you have worked it too much then simply rub a little water over the top of the crack until it disappears.
  • Cut the excess icing from around the cake and make it look neat.
  • Now you are ready to add the detailed icing. To do this you must 'glue' icing to the sides and top of the cake. Egg whites, wet icing or heated jam can work well. My personal favourite is jam as it is sticky and adds to the taste of the icing.
  • The trick is to hold the cut icing onto the cake for a while to let it stick.

Next:

  • I would recommend adding the detail onto Mike's head with his eye first. This is the most important detail to get right. Without the correct size then he won't look right. Basically cut out a circular shape that is around a quarter of the size of his body. Glue this down near the top of his head.
  • Then roll out a sausage shape from the green icing that is around 0.5 cm diameter (1/4 of an inch)
  • Wrap this around the eye and smooth off where it joins.
  • After this is done you need a second sausage which is a quarter of the size of the first. This is then used for the eyebrow. Glue down and smooth off the ends.

Then:

  • The next thing I did was to cut out a small circle of blue icing. This is Mike's pupil so should be placed in the middle of the eye.
  • On top of this you need to add a smaller circle of black (this should definitely be shop bought as it is hard to make black icing which is dark enough)
  • On top of this I then squashed down a small circle of white icing to make the look of a reflection in the eye.

Once that is done:

  • The next thing I did was to cut out a small circle of blue icing. This is Mike's pupil so should be placed in the middle of the eye.
  • On top of this you need to add a smaller circle of black (this should definitely be shop bought as it is hard to make black icing which is dark enough)
  • On top of this I then squashed down a small circle of white icing to make the look of a reflection in the eye.

After that:

  • The mouth was the next thing I tackled. To do this I drew the mouth shape with a knife. (This is to help you place the teeth in good positions.)
  • Using the white icing, cut out small rectangles and then mould them into the teeth shapes.
  • Glue each individual teeth shape next to the mouth line cut with the knife.
  • Next you require another sausage shape of green icing. This needs to be wrapped and glued around the teeth to make the lips.
  • At the corners of the lips, a thin line, using a knife, could be drawn into the green icing to make his smile more real.

Then your nearly there:

  • Two horn shapes should then be moulded from the white icing.
  • Then I covered the tips with black icing, which was squashed into the white icing and glued down.
  • Next I glued the horns to the top of his head. I had to hold them down for some time for them to stick properly.

And finally:

  • Using the rest of the green icing, you need to roll out large sausage shape and mould these into the arms and legs of Mike.
  • The hands and feet can be moulded using the end of these sausages.
  • A little white icing was then used for Mikes toe nails. These were glued on and then smoothed over when finished.
  • Finally they were glued into place.
  • The legs were then glued to the bottom of Mike's body and then placed where I wanted them to be on the board.
  • I then finished it off by doing the same to the arms.

A harder option but worth it for it's results.

This cake looks more like Mike. It was harder to do, in that you have to stick a lot more to the side of the cake so you have to be careful as well as patient, but the results speak for themselves.


How do you make Mike sit down?

  • The first thing you need to do is to bake three round cakes, around 9 inches is a good size here.
  • Please wait until they have cooled before you start to work on it.
  • Cut each cake in half and coat each bottom of the cake generously with butter-cream or other filling of your choice.
  • Take one of these bottoms, and place the top back on.
  • Next generously coat the top of this cake with butter-cream (or other filling) and place the bottom of another cake on top of this.
  • Repeat this until you have all three cakes sitting on top of each other.

Next:

  • Place the stack of cakes in the fridge for a while to help the next part of the process - it will harden the cake a little so you can carve it easily without getting crumbs everywhere!
  • While this is cooling, it is an ideal time to colour your icing.
  • You will need a lot of green. A little blue and then leave the rest as white.
  • I recommend that you buy the black as it is very hard to get an intense black colour from colouring white icing.

NOTE: If you are unsure how to colour icing then please go to the bottom of this hub where I explain in detail how to do this. It is a lot easier than it sounds, believe me.

Then:

  • After the stack of cakes is finished and cooled in the fridge you need a very sharp knife.
  • With this you should carve the cakes (carefully as they will slip with the buttercream on them) Small shavings are a good idea. Carve the shape you require for Mike's body. (He is pretty much a ball so this is the shape you are aiming for.)

NOTE: A simple trick to stop it sliding when your carving is to place a large cocktail stick through the cake to stop any movements.

If you are unsure of how to carve then take a look at this video. It is how to make a football shape cake, but isn't Mike a football shape?

Once that is done:

  • This is the difficult part - icing the ball shape of Mike with the pre-coloured green icing you have made.
  • Simply follow the same route as you would for icing a normal shaped cake but let it fold over the sides. Then you can smooth it off to create an even surface to Mike's face.
  • A good tip is to measure around the cake using a ribbon and then use this to see how much icing you need - too much and you can get into trouble or just simply waste good icing.
  • Cut the excess icing from the bottom of the cake and then smooth it over.

Note: A simple tip for any cracks is to simply rub in a little water until the crack disappears.

I also found the video below that also shows you how to smooth off the cake. This is an excellent tip and worth a watch.

A great way to smooth icing on an irregular shape.

Now you are ready to add detail to the cake.

  • To do this you must 'glue' icing to the sides and top of the cake. Egg whites, wet icing or heated jam can work well. My personal favourite is jam as it is sticky and adds to the taste of the icing.
  • The trick is to hold the cut icing onto the cake for a while to let it stick.


  • I would recommend adding Mike's eye first. This is basically a circle of white icing glued down.
  • I then made a thin, green sausage and wrapped it and glued around the white circle of the eye.
  • The excess was cut off and then smoothed off.
  • A second slightly fatter and yet shorter sausage was made for his eye-brow. This was glued on around a centimeter (half an inch) above the outline of his eye.
  • Again smoothing it off after.
  • A black circle was then cut for the pupil. This was made quite thin as I knew I needed other layers on top. It was then glued into position on the white circle.
  • On top of this was placed, and glued down, a light blue circle.
  • A small black circle was then added on top of this to complete the icing of the eye.
  • Using food colouring, you then need to paint on the detail of the eye. Use dark blue (or blue mixed with black if its not dark enough) and paint using a paint brush.

After the eye you:

  • The mouth was the next thing I tackled. To do this I cut out a rectangle shape of black icing.
  • This was glued onto the front of Mike's head but turned up a little to create the effect of a smile.
  • Next you need another thin, green sausage which needs to be glued all the way around the rectangle shape of his mouth.
  • Then you need to squash it down a little around and over the edge of the black icing.
  • This gives you a line to work on when placing the white teeth that you need to do next.
  • Cut out small rectangle shapes of white icing, and then mould them into teeth shapes.
  • Finally glue each individual teeth shape on top of the black of his mouth.

You nearly have the basic Mike shape:

  • The two horn shapes are next - Cut out equal size shapes of the white icing.
  • Next mould them into the shape of horns. (Make a pyrimid shape and then smooth it off)
  • Glue these horn shapes to the top of his head.
  • The last part of these horns is to get the food colouring out again - mix a brown colour (mix red, yellow and blue food colourings together)
  • Use this to paint the bottom of the horns to create a great textured look that is simple to do.

And finally his legs and arms:

  • Using the rest of the green icing, you need to roll out large, fat sausage shapes and mould these into the arms and legs of Mike.
  • The hands and feet can be mouled using the ends of these sausages.
  • If you use a knife you can create the effect of knuckles on his hands by drawing lines into the hands.
  • A little white icing can be used for finger nails and toe nails - just glue them down and paint using a little brown food colourings.

NOTE: If you are having difficulties glueing down the finger nails and toe nails, use a broken cocktail stick to stick them together. (Just make sure nobody eats his arms and feet.)

  • Once you have the over all effect you are ready to glue them to the side and front of your green ball.
  • If you let his arms move down his body, you will have more to glue and then it will be more stable.


What about the present and hat?

The present is simply a square cake that has been decorated and Mike is holding.

  • Make a square cake.
  • Cut in half and stick back together with butter-cream.
  • Ice the cake with any colour icing you choose.
  • Cut out long strips of icing, again any colour you want to create the ribbons.
  • Glue from the bottom of one side of the cake and take it to the opposite side.
  • Do the same for the other sides of the cake.
  • Next, using more long strips of icing, glue to the middle of the top in loops to create the ribbon effect.
  • Lastly cut out small round shapes of icing - any colour you want.
  • Glue these on at random points on your present.

For the hat it was a simple rectangular cake again then :

  • Cut it to shape - a cone
  • Ice this using a colour of your choice.
  • Cut out small triangles of another colour and glue these on randomly.
  • Glue the cone to the top of Mike's head. This is best to be directly at the top so it won't decide to slide off when it has had time to settle.
  • To create the party hat ruffles around the side and top, I used thick buttercream and pipped it on. A long process to get right, but it does look good.

And then your finished with an amazing cake.

A little help with the present:

How do you colour ready made icing?

Buying ready made icing is a lot easier for us novices. It is very easy to change the colour of the standard white that can be bought in bulk too. Lets face it, you are going to be making a minion so you are going to be needing a lot of yellow, plus a lot of blue.

So how do we do this?

  • It is actually quite easy. If you take the required amount of icing and then knead into a ball (this will soften the icing so it is easier to work with).
  • The next step is to make a small hole in the ball by just pressing a finger into the top.
  • This will be used to add a few drops of the colouring you have.
  • Then you knead the ball again until the colour is consistent throughout.
  • These steps should be repeated until you have the required colour of icing. The darker the colour you want then the more times you will have to repeat it.

NOTE: If you start off by adding too much colouring then you will soften the icing too much so it will become far too sticky and hard to work with so it is best to just add a few drops at a time even if this will take you far longer to do it. Better to take time on it than mess it up though.

I suggest that you wait to make the icing while the cake is cooking in the oven. That way the icing will still be fresh by the time the cake cools and will not dry out and become harder to work with and also when it dries out it will also crack when you are trying to work with it and ice the cake.

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    • peachpurple profile image

      peachy 4 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      cool cake. I wouldn't eat all the fondue. Kind of sweet but it sure will attract the kids