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Pixar Movie Cake

Inside Out Cake

Kids will be so excited about this cake!  Ann Reardon has outdone herself with the inside out cake because of all the crazy colors on the outside.  Take a bite on the inside & the crazy color scheme continues.

Ann’s favorite Disney Pixar Movie character is Joy.  Our favorite is Joy also because she talks to herself a lot & is optimistic!!  For the cake, blue is used for Sadness, green is used for Disgust, orange is used for Joy, & red is used for Angry.
Recipe calls for 2 sponge cakes; however, you bake the first one, cool it, crumble it, and it is added to the second one with food coloring.

Inside Out Cake

Ingredients & Materials: 

  • 1 1/2 quantities of the perfect vanilla sponge cake recipe (See video For Instructions)
    Food colouring (red, blue, orange, green, pink)
  • 2 quanitites of buttercream (your choice of flavor), coloured purple – you can use store bought or make your own (recipe below)
  • Piping bag with large piping tip & flat piping tip (can use knife/spatula if needed)
  • 440g (15.52 ounces) gum balls
  • 1 roll grape bubble gum tape (fondant will work)
  • white luster dust (brings out the shine)
  • inside out figurines (toys)
  • 70g (2.47 ounces) white fondant
  • 2 cake pop sticks
  • edible food markers and sprinkles/small edible decorations for the console
  • cake board or plate

Sponge Cake Recipe

Follow Ann As She Makes The Sponge Cake (Remember Bake Only 1 First Sponge Cake- Recipe Below)

Sponge Cake Ingredients:

  • 2 cups or 320g (11.29 ounces) plain all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups or 327g (11.53 ounces) sugar
  • 1 Tbsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp or 7.5g (0.26 ounces) gelatine (powdered)
  • 1/2 cup or 125ml vegetable oil such as canola oil
  • 7 egg yolks (or 105g (3.7 ounces))
  • 1 cup or 250millilitres (8.45 fluid ounces) cold water
  • 7 egg whites (or 252g (8.89 ounces))
  • 1/2 tsp cream of tartar

Sponge Cake Directions:

Preheat the oven to 320ºF (160ºC) or 266ºF (130ºC) if using a fan forced oven.

Place your flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and gelatin into a bowl and whisk it to incorporate air and get rid of any lumps.

Make a well in the centre of the flour mixture then pour in the oil, egg yolks and water in that order. Set that bowl to one side.

Put your egg whties and cream of tartar into another bowl and whisk on high speed until you get soft peaks.

Mix together the flour mixture for 30 seconds only or until just combined, don’t ovemix this.

Using a spatula fold in your egg whites in three batches.

Line but do not grease two 20cm (7.87 inches) cake tins and spread the mixture evenly between the two.

Bake in a slow oven, 320ºF (160ºC) for 55-60 minutes…posted by Ann/HowToCookThat

When it is done leave in the tin and cool upside down.


Basic Buttercream Frosting for Cupcakes

Basic Buttercream Frosting Ingredients:

  • 120g (4.23 ounces) or 1/2 cup plus 2 tsp butter
  • 2  1/2 cups or 315g (11.11 ounces) icing sugar (icing mixture is fine it does not have to be pure icing sugar)
  • 1-4 Tbsp or 15-60 millilitres (2.03 fluid ounces) milk or cream

Basic Buttercream Frosting Directions:

Leave the butter to soften at room temperature then beat together with the icing sugar and 1 tablespoon of milk or cream until smooth and light in colour. Add extra spoons of milk one at a time until the desired consistency is reached.

Note: For Vanilla Buttercream – Follow the basic buttercream recipe above and add 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract with your first tablespoon of milk.

Note: For Very Vanilla Buttercream – Add the following ingredients with instructions.

  • 300 millilitres (10.14 fluid ounces) or 1 cup plus 2 Tbsp cream
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 2  1/2 cups or 315g (11.11 ounces) icing sugar

Whip the cream and then continue to whip until it turns to butter.  Pour off the liquid, mix slowly for 30 more seconds, pour off any extra liquid – repeat until most of the liquid is gone.  Add the vanilla and icing sugar and beat until smooth………..posted by Ann/HowToCookThat.

Inside Out Cake Directions

Ann is baking the cake in 3 tins instead of 2 to keep the colored batter form sinking to the bottom.  Makes 3 thinner layers of cake with circles through them.  Ann uses a large, flat piping tip fitted with bag to frost the outside of the cake.  You can use a spatula (or large knife) & smooth it out.

Directions listed below.

Watch Ann Make The Disney Pixar Movie Cake

Inside Out Cake Directions:

Make the half batch of the sponge cake recipe first- this will give you one round 8″ cake. Once it is baked and cooled crumble that up using your hands or a food processor.

Then make the other 1 quantity of the sponge cake recipe. Grab four bowls and put 1 cup of cake crumbs into each one. Then add half a cup of the cake batter and stir it through until you get a thick paste that can hold it’s own shape.

Add colour to each bow. Blue for sadness, green for disgust, orange or yellow for joy and red for anger.

Then take the remaining cake batter and fold through some pink and blue food colour to make purple.

Add a scoop of the purple batter to the bottom of three lined 20cm (7.87 inches) or 8″ cake tins. Put the coloured mixture into a piping bag fitted with a large round piping tip and pipe circles into the cake. See the video for demonstration.

Add the rest of the purple cake batter over the top. Bake in the oven until they are cooked. Then let them cool and level off the tops.

Layer and cover the cake using purple buttercream.

PLace the gumballs into a bag with some white luster, shake and rub the bag until all the gumballs have a fine coat of luster dust so they shimmer like the memories in the movie.

Then put the coloured mixture into a piping bag fitted with a large round piping tip.  Note:  This is where you can use a knife or spatula instead.  Doesn’t have to be neat just smooth because you are going to cover it with gumballs.

Inside Out Cake Decorating Instruction:

Decorate the sides of the cake using the gumballs and bubble gum tape.  If it breaks, it may help to warm it in the microwave for 10 seconds particularly if it is cold where you live.  Once you have a nice rounded piece add it on top of the gumballs around the cake.  If you don’t have bubble bum tape, you could use fondant instead. Continue adding rows of memories all the way to the top.
Then make the console as demonstrated in the video using some white fondant & roll into a thick cylinder.  Put it up on one end & using the edges of your palms of your hand roll & put pressure in the middle so it becomes fatter at the top & bottom & skinnier in the middle.
Shape it to be more of an oval shape as you go.  Use your fingers to smooth down & flatten around the top edge of the console.  Run a knife around the edge just to make sure it is nice & smooth & even. Cake pop sticks used down into the base to make sure it stands up on the cake & doesn’t fall over.  Poke that into the top of the cake towards front edge. (Decorate per video).
Add the console and the Disney toy characters to the cake.
Tale a photo with the birthday cake because your kids aren’t going to be able to keep their hands off of it………..posted by Ann/HowToCookThat.

inside out movie cake

Special Thanks To Ann Reardon/HowToCookThat For Recipe & Image Screenshots.


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