TARDIS cake for my husband

so, yesterday was my husband’s birthday and i wanted to make something special for him. he’s been really into Doctor Who {and has gotten me into it too- which is totally what i need, another obsession, right?} i also ended up making a bunch of Doctor Who tshirts and phone cases: HERE i knew i wasn’t going to be able to make him one of those fancy vertical cakes, but i figured i could manage a sheet cake.Β 

first i made a template of the TARDIS in photoshop from pic i found on the web. then i printed it out on 8.5″ x 11″ paper. you can right click this one if you need a ready made template πŸ˜€

i cut it apart.
in a 12″ x 8″ pan, i baked a yellow cake from this recipe. let it cool. placed my template on it and cut around it. bc my template wasn’t big enough i added the botton of the TARDIS. i also used a piece of cake that i had cut away for the light at the top. i attached it with frosting. Β  Β Β 
then i made this frosting, with milk instead of orange juice, {and added blue food coloring} and applied a crumb coat. then popped the cake into the freezer for an hour.
next i applied another layer of frosting over the crumb coat. i placed my part of my cut up template on the cake and with a knife, marked where the doors are. then i took up the template and resmoothed the frosting. i placed a ribbon tip in a decorating bag and filled a bag with frosting. then i added a few strips of frosting to simulate the top and side. i placed my paper cut outs {in retrospect, i should have coated them in clear tape} of the windows and sign on the cake and piped the doors over them. then i finished up with a writing tip and white frosting, “happy birthday Mikael”Β 


this is the first cake i’ve ever used any tip other than writing and it was very exciting. my grandmother used to make beautiful cakes with buttercream and royal icing. i’ll never even rival hers, but this was a really fun project πŸ˜€Β 


for more information, take a look at Wilton’s Cake Decorating. my grandma used to get their catalogs and they were amazing! talk abt daydreaming!Β 


And Happy Birthday to my wonderful husband, Mikael!
even though these lyrics are sad, they still encapsulate everything i love about him. He is my shining star who ensures i never lose my way. He keeps me connected to humanity when i could comfortably slip into paintings and books for my entire life.

Well I woke up today
And the world was a restless place
It could have been that way for me

And I wandered around
And I thought of your face
That Christmas looking back at me

I wish today was just like every other day
‘Cause today has been the best day
Everything I ever dreamed

And I started to walk
Pretty soon I will run
And I’ll come running back to you

‘Cause I followed my star
And that’s what you are
I’ve had a merry time with you

I wish today was just like every other day
‘Cause today has been the best day
Everything I ever dreamed

So have a good life
Do it for me
Make me so proud
Like you want me to be
Where ever you are
I’m thinking of you oceans apart
I want you to know

Well I woke up today and you’re on the other side
Our time will never come again
But if you can still dream
Close your eyes it will seem
That you can see me now and then

I wish today was just like every other day
‘Cause today has been the best day
Everything I ever dreamed

I wish today was just like every other day
‘Cause today has been the best day
Everything I ever dreamed

ps- this is sung by Neil Hannon. He collaborated with Yann Tierson and co-wrote as well as sang, “Les Jours tristes” on L’Absente. He also appears on Tierson’s, “Black Session” where he sings “Geronimo” and “Life on Mars.”

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10 Comments Add yours

  1. Jan says:

    Betty, the cake is fantabulous! I don't know anything about Dr. Who, I know I'm a dork.

  2. Doctor Who is pretty amazing. i had seen some of the series when the Doctor was played by an actor named Tom Baker, but non of the newer episodes. essentially, the Doctor is a Time Lord, an alien from another planet with a time machine/space ship that looks like an english police box from the 60s. it's supposed to blend in where ever it lands, but the Doctor liked it & kept the look. Anyway, he travels through time & space with various humans fighting evil and righting wrongs. Time Lords can also regenerate, so if he's killed he sort of grows another body. (very useful to transition from one actor to another.) the show is delightfully goofy and surprisingly tender. it's on netflix right now. if you're interested, i suggest you start with the "new series" starring Christopher Eccleston πŸ˜€

  3. physikerin says:

    I love this cake!! I want something similar for my graduation party…I'm getting my PhD, so I thought something from Doctor Who would be appropriate. Heh heh heh heh. Beautiful job!!

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  5. thank you! it wasn't very hard to make. the 2nd picture down from the top is a blk & white that yr welcome to right click & print out if you need a pattern :Dcongrats on your PhD! what is it in?

  6. physikerin says:

    Sweet, I will probably do that!Thanks! Physics! πŸ™‚

  7. Christin says:

    I’ve been searching the internet everywhere and this is my favorite non-fondant (not a fan of the flavor of fondant) cake I’ve seen! Really well done. I was wondering if we could get you to repost the template as the top and bottom seem to be cropped short. Thank you πŸ™‚

    1. the entire template won’t fit on an 8.5″ by 11″ piece of paper, so I stuck the top light inside one of the Tardis door niches. Cut it out and tape it to the top of the template. For the bottom I added about 1/2″ in length and then a little on each side to give the Tardis its base. I hope that help! And I’d definitely cover the paper pieces with clear matte tape, otherwise the frosting will start to soak through.
      I hate fondant too! Good luck πŸ˜€

  8. Jamie says:

    Thank you for the outline and directions!! It was perfect for making my sister-in-law’s birthday cake!

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