Easy Frozen Olaf Cake
I have been putting together a birthday cake this week. This one turned out so super cute. For this cake we are building a easy Frozen Olaf Cake. I usually breakup my cake decorating and baking into three day when. On Monday I baked my 8″ round layers using this recipe: Cake for Carving. Replace the flavors with whatever you would like, this time a vanilla cake was requested. This recipe makes a nice firm cake that is extra moist, yes I know its a box recipe.
After the layers are baked I left them rest for 10 minutes before I release them from the pans. I them let them cool for an additional 10 minutes and the wrap in plastic wrap and place in the freezer for an hour. This helps to firm the cake for easier trimming and layer splitting. The cake are then leveled and cut to the desired shape wrapped and placed back in the freezer over night.
The next day take the layers out to thaw for the crumb coat, this takes a few hours. You want it to be thawed completely. I usually leave it on the counter in the morning and by evening it is ready for the crumb coat. After the crumb coat the cake can be placed in the refrigerator to crust. No need to cover your crumb coat will keep the moisture in your cake.
The last day is the decoration day.
This cake is seriously cute and easy, Olaf floats in a pool. Go ahead and put the final layer of frosting. I choose a nice bright blue like a pool, which was achieved with gel food coloring 4 Blue to 1 Green. This is my frosting recipe I use it for everything.
Next, get your Pirouette Cookies out. They most likely will need to be trimmed to the right high just above the top of the cake. I trimmed mine with a kitchen shear. Do the trimming over a counter top and not while on the cake cookies will leave tons of crumbs. Add the trimmed cookies to the edge of the cake like this:
Then, you will want to build up your frosting gently around the cookie inside. You can use an offset spatula and your hand to help spread and keep the cookies in place.
After you have completed that it is time to make blue piping gel. This quick gel frosting is sooooooo EASY. It takes
just a few minutes to make. The recipe is here, it is made from pantry staples. It is important to constantly whisk while heating frosting to avoid scotching the gel. After it is cool add a small about of blue 1/4 drop -1 drop, poor into your pool. Tip cake slightly to cover full pool area.
The next step is to let gel set for 1/2 hr or so. While it is setting you can start making your Olaf. Get a piece of wax paper or parchment and size to cake. Size your Olaf accordingly. He is a very basic couple of shape his body and feet are rounded rectangles. Pipe the two body pieces and feet using the image as a guide with a regular straight large frosting tip. If your pieces need further shaping dust clean finger tips with a light powder sugar layer to prevent sticking.
TIP: get buttercream to appear white by adding very small amounts of violet to frosting. It usually takes just a touch on the end of a toothpick.
Next, for his head the shapes need are an oval and two “V” to create his mouth. Starting with the oval shape, add deep “V” for bottom of mouth. add top slight “V” to create upper lip. Add other facial accents like a black scoop for inside of mouth, eyes and buttons with a fine straight tip last.
Finally, add final touch of nose in a bright orange and his white front tooth. Refrigerate Olaf for 20 min. Olaf will be firm to the touch when he is ready to be transferred to the pool. Before you add him pipe any inscriptions on to your cake like name, age, and happy birthday. I used the same orange to write the inscription as Olaf’s nose.
For our very last steps carefully add your now solid Olaf pieces to the pool arranged to reflect the reference image above. We will use the fine tip and black to add arms and hair to Olaf, think branches. Use your grass tip and some green frosting to create grassy border along the bottom of your pool to finish of your cake.
You have just completed a super cute Easy Frozen Olaf Cake for your little one.