Paul Frank Julius Cake and Cupcake Tower
I love Julius the Monkey which is one Paul Frank’s most known characters. Julius appears on a lot of Merchandise so I am sure you have seen him before, especially on clothing where he can be found a lot.
A little about Karen – Karen is not a Professional Cake Decorator. She took all of the Wilton Cake Decorating Courses 18 months ago and it has become her new hobby. She loves reading blogs and online forums and sharing ideas with others that are just as passionate about cakes. She created this cake for her friend’s daughter who is a huge Paul Frank fan.
- A copy of the Paul Frank Party Invitation with Julius
- Cake Batter from Mix or Scratch (I used 2 boxes of Duncan Hines; Tip: If you call Duncan Hines with a question or comment on their cake batter, they will send you a coupon that you can use towards your next purchase.)
- Buttercream or Decorator’s Icing
- Color to tint the icing (I used Wilton colors: Scooby Doo Teal, Diego Skintone, Black, Red (no-taste)
- Wax Paper
- 8″x3″ Baking Pan
- 2 8″ Cake Circles/Boards
- Icing Bags & Tips (Wilton icing tip #789, #3, and 1M)
- Several Cupcake Baking Pans & solid color Liners
- Several Cooling Racks
- Cupcake Wrappers (I cut mine with a Cricut using the Cricut Lite Cupcake Wrappers Cartridge and scrapbook paper. If you don’t have a Cricut you can easily make them using a template and scalloped edge scissors to get the same effect.)
- A jar of Maraschino Cherries with stems
- Cupcake Tower (optional)
Karen’s Notes & Suggestions:
Before you begin, please read instructions completely so that you can plan your steps and ensure you have everything on hand. I normally make and decorate the cake a day before it’s due. I don’t worry about perfection, as long as you are consistent with your technique no one else will really notice any mistakes. If there is a flaw in your icing, I find that’s the perfect spot to make a design to camouflage.
Don’t have all of the supplies on hand??
…improvise and use items that you have on hand (a microwave rack makes a great cooling rack).
…don’t have an 8″x3″ pan? Use 2 standard 8″x2″ pans and fill with buttercream icing between the layers.
Remember that it’s not about spending a lot of money, it’s all about having fun and there’s really no need to stress out!
Directions for making the Cake:
1. Bake the cake (any flavor you wish) in a greased 8″ x 3″ inch round baking pan (fill the pan 1/2 way). Use the remaining batter in your cupcake pans that have the paper liners inserted. Use an ice cream scoop for the cupcake portions and you’ll find that this makes less of a mess as well and also allows for even distrubition.
2. Let cake cool in the pan for 10 minutes and then remove from the pan and allow it to cool completely on the cooling rack. Cupcakes left in the liners can be placed on the cooling racks once they come out of the oven.
3. Place cake on cake board and cover in teal icing using the Wilton icing tip #789. Refrigerate iced cake for 30 minutes and then smooth (I use a high density foam paint roller to smooth once the icing has crusted).
4. After you’ve made and assembled your cupcake wrappers, you can ice the cupcakes using Wilton tip #1M and then place them in the wrappers. Ice half of the cupcakes with the remaining teal frosting and the other half with white frosting. Don’t forget to add a maraschino cherry to the cupcakes with white icing so that they resemble the invitation and cake.
5. To make Julius, use the Frozen Butter Cream Transfer (FBCT) Method. Tape a copy of the invitation to the cake board then tape a sheet of wax paper over that. With Wilton tip #3 create Julius using white icing for the ice-cream and icing tinted with Wilton colors: Diego Skintone (for the face), Black (for the cherry stem, ears, eyes, and nose), and no-taste Red (for the mouth and cherry). Keeping everything secured to the cake board, place this in the freezer until it hardens (at least 30 minutes).
6. For the final cake assembly, take the FBCT of Julius and center over the cake. Gently place it down and peel back the wax paper. If you’d like to make designs around the cake, do that at this time. Pull in designs from the cupcake wrapper if you used paper with a pattern or colors from your party theme.
7. I used a cupcake tower for my final display. You can easily make your own or purchase one. Since your cake is round, it would also look nice to have the cupcakes displayed in a large circle around the cake alternating the teal and white cupcakes.
And there you have it: A Paul Frank Cake featuring the adorable Julius !!
I would like to give a Shout Out Thank you to Karen for this incredible Tutorial – this is just amazing and she has made it easy for us to follow along and create one ourselves. You can also visit her at her blog here: Addicted to Cakes.
If you are planning to celebrate your Party around Julius the Monkey you can find matching birthday party supplies to tie it all together. The Paul Frank Julius Party Supplies are not that easy to find, BUT I was able to find a great selection being offered on Ebay – Here.
I found the Paul Frank Julius Invitations, Thank Yous, Paper Goods, Stickers and more.
I don’t know about you, but Julius is so darn cute. I wonder if he knows Bobby Jack?