Max Story 3 Cake


I’m not a baker but today I think I may have been for just a few hours…

My son is turning 3 next week and he LOVES Toy Story… Buzz… Woody… Rex… Jessie… the whole gang so I decided to do a Toy Story cake. I was staring at the logo and decided since he was 3 and he has 3 letters in his name I could just throw his name in the logo… off I went! Here’s how it came together…

By the way… I totally recommend making your kids’ and families birthday and holiday cakes. It is a whole lot cheaper and really kinda fun!! Even if they aren’t perfect they are made with love… ok I’ll stop…


I started by making two 9 by 13 inch cakes. I used a box mix cause that’s how I roll…


Here’s some hard evidence that I’m not a baker… look at these air pockets!! Guess I should have tapped the pan on the counter to get the air bubbles out… maybe next time πŸ™‚


I cut a piece of cardboard just bigger than my cake and covered it with parchment paper. Nothing fancy but it got the job done… Then I put the cake on there. I carved a bit of the curved part of the cake off so the layers would stack nicely… saw this on TV…


Next I globbed on a bunch of frosting. I learned that when you are working on the surface of the cake that has been carved it can be pretty crumby so I used a lot of frosting and plopped it down about where I wanted it so I didn’t have to spread it much.


I kept in mind that no one would really see this layer again so no need to be super careful!


Next I threw on some sprinkles cause… why not??


Next I plopped the 2nd cake down upside down so i had a better surface to frost. When I was turning it over it kinda cracked on me but it will have to do!


Then I covered it in sky blue frosting… If only it was as easy as the change from the last picture to this one appears… this part took me quite a while and was not my favorte… but I persevered!!


I whipped up some royal icing and outlined the box that would house the word “STORY”.


Next I flooded the outline with royal icing. This is only the 2nd time I’d used royal icing… the first was yesterday πŸ™‚


I had tried out the royal icing on these sugar cookies I used to spell out MAX and the number 3. I put some royal icing on the bottom of the cookies and pressed them on…


So far… so good!


Next I used white royal icing outline to make the clouds on the sides…


Then a couple on the top…


Finally… after staring at the cake for about 20 minutes to get myself psyched up… I added yellow flood icing to write the word “STORY”. It was by far the most tedious of all the decorations. I spread the icing around with the small tip of a toothpick.


There you have it!! He had just woke up from his nap to find his birthday cake!! He was pretty excited!! I think it took me about 3 hours but it was well worth his reaction πŸ™‚

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4 Responses to Max Story 3 Cake

  1. Stacey says:

    Laura! This is AWESOME!!!! you did such a great job! What a lucky little boy!

    So… I’m turning 30 this year… think “Stacey Story 30” has the same ring?

  2. wendy says:

    HOw do you do it? Well, i know HOW you do it, since you posted that… but really? How? I could never. It’s amazing. Love this blog – made your chicken last night πŸ™‚

  3. Carolyn says:

    Pretty awesome cake there, Laura! Your children will always remember
    their birthday cakes. Did you notice that in the last picture you captured both
    of your special men…
    Love mom

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