My bestest friend requested a Fancy Nancy cake for her daughter’s birthday and, of course, I always say yes before I give any thought to whether or not this is possible or realistic!
So I started searching around flickr for some ideas and stumbled across something called a buttercream transfer. Say wha?? I’ve been casually decorating cakes for a couple years now and never heard of this before! I decided to give it a shot, though, and LOVED the results!
Lazy semi-blogger that I am (was!! WAS!! Trust me, I’m seriously going to try to keep up with it this time!!), I don’t have any pictures of the step-by-step instructions but there are tons of things out there if you google “buttercream transfer”.
I found a picture of Fancy Nancy that I liked and printed it out. Then I took the glass out of a frame (I chose to use glass so I could hold it up and see how I was doing, but I know other people have a lot more confidence than me and just use a cookie sheet). I taped the picture down to the glass and then taped a piece of wax paper on top of it. Then start with black buttercream to outline your picture.
You need to think for a minute about what colors go on top because these are the colors you put down first. So my black went down, then the white dots on the skirt and the yellow. The pink was the last to go down and once that final color was down, I took a fingertip dipped in cornstarch and lightly pressed it down to make sure any holes were filled in.
Then pop your glass (or cookie sheet) in the freezer for about 30 minutes. Pull it out and carefully invert your shape onto your cake as you peel the wax paper off.
One word of warning… if I had it to do over again, I wouldn’t have put the “pearl beads” where the transfer was going to be. As the transfer started softening to room temperature, you could see the bumps from the pearl beads underneath it! Nobody noticed but me, of course, but I think it would have been better if it had been laying flat!
Have fun, the possibilities are endless!!