I found a picture of a similar cake on google images for inspiration (I can't remember where, if it was your cake let me know and I will give you credit) and changed colors and added the name. The balls where the edge meets the plate hide a multitude of sins and I think are one of the easiest most effective ways to do this.
The cake is iced with pre-made fondant (White orchards, white icing) which I purchased at the local supermarket. I did my research and found a few tutorials on YouTube, but all in all it is just using your common sense.
My top 5 tips when cutting a cake to shape are:
- Use a heavy cake (either mud cake or moist cake) to cut to shape, anything lighter will crumble.
- Make a template out of paper first and, place it over the cake and cut around it.
- Cut the top off the cake so that it sits flat.
- Sit it on the plate upside down so there are less crumbs for icing.
- If you don't have big enough baking tins, don't worry, you can join two together with butter icing.
- Add food color to the white to create color. Don't expect colors to be too bright or dark as the amount of food color you would need will make the icing too wet (I believe that you can buy pre-colored icing at cake supply stores)
- Ice with a thin layer of butter icing first to smooth any bumps or divets
- Once the butter icing has set, spread with a jam (or jelly) before applying the fondant to the cake (this helps it stick in place
- Use cookie cutters to make shapes (you can cut shapes free hand but this is easier)
- Don't store the cake in the fridge once iced as the fondant goes sticky.
One final tip. You might not want your one year old to destroy your hard work with their curious little hands. I made a special little cake just for Harvey to blow out the candle and have his first piece of cake. He loved it: