Pac Man Baking
Pac Man Treats
If you were young during the 80s then you would probably have played Pac Man at least a couple of times. Pac Man, like the Rubiks Cube, has become a pop icon of the 80s decade. If you're planning an 80s get together you can incorporate Pac Man in the form of cookies or a cake.
Pac Man baking is the trendy way to celebrate 40th birthdays or just for an 80s movie night and I'm going to show you a few different ways in which you can do it.
Did You Love Pac Man?
Pac Man Cakes
First up is the Pac Man cake, there are a number of ways to do this from the really easy to the more artistic flair required versions.
I'm going to take you through all of the types I've seen or heard of, but if you can think of another way to create a Pac Man cake please drop me a line (and a photo would be great) in the guestbook.
Cake Baking Links
If you want to make your cake yourself and not buy one then check out these great links (or just use your favorite cake recipe)
- Bake Super Cupcakes
Cupcakes are the best because they let you have that moment of cake, but on a personal level. You never feel like you ate too much with a cupcake, but a slice of cake can sometimes be overwhelming or too heavy.
- Sponge Cake Recipe
Basic sponge cake is one of my favorite types of cakes. I don't have a huge sweet tooth and plain sponge cake recipes are perfect for me. They are sweet without being too sweet.
Pac Man Cake 1 & 2
The easiest version of the Pac Man cake is to make or purchase a round sponge and cut a slice out of it. How easy was that? You now have the shape of the Pac Man.
Now to the icing.....this is a little more tricky :)
For plain icing you need -
2 cups icing sugar
2 tbsp water (approx)
1/2 tsp butter, softened
1/4 tsp vanilla essence
yellow food coloring
- Sift the icing sugar into a bowl.
- Add butter.
- Add sufficient water to mix to a spreadable consistency - now with this step you will need to make sure that the icing is quite thick or it will be hard to spread onto the cut part of the cake.
- Flavor with vanilla essence and add food coloring until the color is right.
If you want to make a really smooth finish to your Pac Man you could use fondant icing (more on fondant icing here).
Another easy peasy way to make a Pac Man cake with a round sponge is by coloring in a triangle black instead of cutting a slice out of it. This is easily done by making a small amount of icing in a different color and icing accordingly.
If you use this second option then you can add black icing for his eye, but if using the first option then a large chocolate button works really well for the eye.
Pac Man Brownie Cake
Another option for the Pac Man cake is by using one of these fabulous brownie tins.....personally I would use a brownie recipe as well (but then I am a chocoholic!), but you could bake a sponge in it if you preferred.
The easiest way would be buy using some fondant icing and cutting out circles, a Pac man and some ghosts, how I hear you ask - jump to getting the shape right.
Once you've cut out everything you can use a paint brush to color your Pac Man, dots and ghost. Next step is just to lay them on to your cake - perfect!
If you've very artistic you could always draw them on free hand using icing pens, but I've never been able to do anything like that!
I don't have a picture of my own to show you, but this is similar to what I mean (thank you hawtymcbloggy). I would just (personally) substitute the candles for yellow dots and maybe use a darker icing for more of a contrast.
Pac Man Cake 4
The next way to make a Pac Man cake is to take a slab cake and recreate the screen - rather like the brownie one above. Make the type of cake you want (sponges are always popular) and then decorate it - sound simple? Take a look at this example.....
This photo is brought to you by Fidgit.
Again after icing the cake I would use fondant to cut out all of the shapes you wanted, however if you're really good with a piping bag.....
Taking this step up another tier is this lovely Pacman Groom's cake by the Domestic Scientist (unfortunately her site is now down and I no longer have an active link for her).
Pac Man Groom's Cake
Pac Man Cupcakes
Another way to make a Pac Man cake is to make cupcakes! Yes cupcakes are hot, hot, hot right now even my dd requested cupcakes for her birthday instead of a big birthday cake so you know they must be trendy :D
You can join the cupcakes together to give the illusion of a bigger cake or you could combine cupcakes with the Pacman cake one or two for a bit of fun.
These lovely cupcakes from Hello Naomi show what a great idea they can be, you can see more pictures of these on flickr.
If you don't think you're up to the challenge of making your own cupcakes you can even order them now at Hello Naomi. This is the very same Naomi that created the cupcakes above.
Personally I find cupcakes don't seem as big a challenge as decorating a whole, big cake. Bake a few extras and if you make a mistake you haven't ruined a whole cake - that's my philosopy anyway (and ignore the rumors that I make mistakes on purpose in order to eat extra, they are unfounded!!).
If you're snuggling up to watch a couple of John Hughes movies or Red Dawn, A Nightmare on Elm Street etc then offering a plate of Pac Man cookies will make you a great host. Let's face it if you're watching A Nightmare on Elm Street you're going to want lots of coffee so cookies are important!
You need to make your favorite cookie dough and buy a heart shape cookie cutter and a tulip cookie cutter.
Pac Man Cookies
- Sugar Cookie Recipes
Here is one of my favorite recipes for any holiday: the classic sugar cookie. Baked plain, with additions or decorated after baking, this cookie is simple yet extremely versatile. You can make this type of cookie for any occasion, just by varying the
- Baking Cut-Out Cookies
Here are recipes that work best for making cut-out cookies, along with great decorating tips and tricks. You will even find variations for special dietary needs like diabetic, vegan and gluten-free cookies.
Getting the Pac Man Shape Right
So you've got your cookie dough, but what about getting the shape right. Well there's a few different ways of doing this you could make your own cookie cutters:-
Or you could just take heart shaped and tulip cutters –
Of course if you haven't got any heart shaped cookies you could just....
Kaiser Bakeware are fantastic and this set of 6 hearts means that you can make your Pac Man any size you like!
Wilton are synonomous with baking and this set of cookie cutters includes both the Pac Man heart and the ghost's tulip - perfect!
Pac Man Toppers
You can make toppers using polymer clay (non-edible, but they can be kept as a keepsake. I believe the bride and groom toppers on the above Groom's cake were made with polymer clay.) or fondant icing. You can even buy these toppers if you don't feel like you could make them yourself.
Cake Topper Links
- Fondant Cake Decorating
Fondant is referred to by many as "Baker's Play-Doh" because of it's clay-like consistency and molding capabilities. It is a creamy confection that can be used as a filling or a covering for cakes, cookies, candies, and other sweets.
- Cake Decorating
This Youtube video shows you how to decorate your cake using fondant icing.
- Polymer Clay Cake Toppers
Why use polymer clay as a cake topper? This way you create a momento of the special cake which is a great idea.
- Pac Man Wedding Cake Toppers
This pacman couple topper is hand made using polymer clay and can be brought on Etsy if you don't feel like you can make your own.
Pac Man Baking Up For Auction
Sometimes you can find Pac Man baking supplies on ebay, let's see if there's any today.....
Pac Man Shopping List
There would be nothing worse than baking the cake getting the icing ready and realizing - oh no, where's the yellow food coloring ?!@@##@@@!!!!
The answer is quite simple - check the required ingredients beforehand and make a shopping list. You can keep the shopping list on the fridge until you're ready to pop out......how do you keep it up on the fridge? Check out these Pac Man magnets!
This set of Pac Man magnets make a fun addition to brighten up your fridge. They are also a great secret Santa gift or stocking stuffer/filler (depending on where in the world you're from).
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