Scaring Has Never Been So Sweet: 12 Monsters Inc. Cakes

Posted by on Nov 14, 2013 in Cake Decorating | Comments


The lovable masters of scaring have returned from the original 2001 animated movie Monsters, Inc. in the sequel, Monsters University, which was released on DVD and Blu-Ray on October 29th. Scary monsters are a thing of the past, as these hilarious and charming characters have captured the hearts of kids of all ages. No longer are children afraid of what is hiding under their beds or in their closets, but are contrarily wishing for monsters at their birthdays and celebrations as cakes, cupcakes and more!

You won’t believe your EYE when you see this collection of monster-inspired cakes and confections from Monsters, Inc. and Monsters University, sure to make any kid scream!

Green Monster Cupcake from Monsters University

Photo via Lynlee’s Petite Cakes

Mike Wazowski fondant cake topper

To celebrate the release of the newest movie in the series, this fondant cake topper was designed to mimic one of the promotional posters. Though not a free-standing figure, the character was modeled by hand and given more dimension with varying heights of fondant. A couple different types of sheen are captured via the use of shortening to make the fondant shiny with a gloss and silver shimmer dust.

Tiered Monster Birthday Cake

Photo via Royal Bakery

Monsters, Inc. four-tiered cake

Fellow Craftsy blogger, Lesley, of Royal Bakery created this amazingly gorgeous cake based on the original movie, Monsters, Inc. Each tier represents a different character from the film and are differentiated with color, along with a variety of techniques for fur and textures. This is a great way to interpret aspects of a story, the characters and their personalities without being too literal. Personalize the cake to the guest of honor with a fondant number or letter.

Learn how to create a fondant number topper like the one seen here in Lesley’s fondant number topper tutorial.

Monster Tiered Cake and CupcakesPhoto via Hot Mama’s Cakes

Monsters cake and cupcakes

Similar to the cake above, this sweet and adorable cake by Hot Mama’s Cakes achieves the same effect on a smaller scale. With the contrasting effects of the buttercream icing (smooth vs. fur) and the added horn and eye elements, this is the perfect example of the ability to interpret a theme without the actual figures, as there is no doubt which character each tier represents.

If the guest count is large, instead of making a bigger cake, another option is to accentuate the cake with cupcakes. This provides an opportunity to add to the design, as Hot Mama’s Cakes did, including fondant cupcake toppers of the doors from the film.

Many Monster Cupcakes, on Craftsy

Photo via Amelia’s Cake Addiction

Monsters cupcakes

This captivating and colorful assortment of monster cupcakes by Amelia’s Cake Addiction provide a similar effect as the two previous cakes, but in individual, handheld portions! Half of the cupcakes are completely wrapped and decorated with fondant to create the character of Mike Wazowski, while the other half is covered with two colors of buttercream icing with the use of decorating tips to represent Mike’s counterpart, James P. Sullivan (a.k.a. Sully).

Fondant Toppers - Monsters, Inc. Characters

Photo via Cake Freak

Monsters University fondant cupcake toppers

Cake Freak did an marvelous job re-creating various characters from the newest Monsters University film in these incredibly detailed fondant cupcake toppers. Several of the designs were hand-molded with extra dimension and accentuated with fun and lively facial expressions, bringing life to the cast. Achieve different textures with the use of fondant tools and utilize edible markers or pastes to paint additional embellishments or achieve a shading effect.

Green Eyeball Cupcake Toppers

Photo via Confessions of a Cookbook Queen

Simple monster cupcakes

I just love how the simplicity of this monster cupcake by Confessions of a Cookbook Queen can make such a big and beautiful impact! By delicately icing the cupcake and adding some colorful sprinkles, one of the main characters is represented. His counterpart is personified by the delicious chocolate-covered cookie pop topping the cupcake. The addition of the stick on the cookie allows the topper to sit nicely on the icing, preserving its piped shape.

Monsters, Inc. Cake PopsPhoto via Lori’s Sweet Cakes

Monsters cake pops

Lori’s Sweet Cakes did a dazzling job transforming the two main characters of the Monsters series into cake pops! While Mike’s character requires the ability to make a smooth cake pop, Sully’s fur requires a textured look, achieved by creating grooves and lines while the chocolate candy coating is not yet completely dry. The addition of candy or fondant embellishments adds the facial features, while the final expressions are drawn on to complete the designs.

Want to make your own monster cake pops? Start by leaning the basics in this tutorial on how to make cake pops.

Tiered Monsters, Inc. Cake with Fondant Monster Toppers

Photo via Craftsy member lisascakes

Modeling chocolate monsters

Craftsy member and cake artist lisascakes created this adorable Monsters-themed cake, but instead of forming the characters out of fondant or gum paste, she used modeling chocolate after taking the course Intro to Modeling Chocolate: Cityscape Cakes with Lauren Kitchens. As lisacakes explains, modeling chocolate can be more forgiving and simpler to smooth out when encountering seams or mistakes.

Cake Sculpted as Monster

Photo via Craftsy member RitzyCakes

Monster party cake

Craftsy cake artist RitzyCakes put a refreshing and fun spin on this Monsters, Inc. cake, making Mike’s character the center of attention in a large, three-dimensional figure, with an extremely entertaining expression on his face, ready to party! Mike is made out of cake and covered in fondant, while his facial features and appendages are created from modeling chocolate. A couple of other characters are also represented on a smaller scale on the cake.

Tiered Monsters, Inc. Cake, on Craftsy

Photo via Craftsy member Thaty

Monsters, Inc. three-tiered cake

With the use of fondant and gum paste, Craftsy member and cake artist Thaty did a fabulous job with this colorful three-tiered Monsters, Inc. cake! The figures of the main characters sit upon the cake, while the remaining tiers are accented by the doors relating to the story. The added details, such as the floral accents and tail sticking out of the door, finish off this cake perfectly!

Various Monster Fondant Toppers

Photo via Lynlee’s Petite Cakes

Monster cupcake toppers

The monsters from these animated movies have so bravely paved the way for monsters everywhere to be invited into the homes and celebrations of all kinds! These colorful cupcake toppers were made for I Do Invitations by Michelle’s Monster Bash, capturing the adorable designs in fondant form. Because of the abundance of bright and fun colors, the foundation layer of the toppers were grounded with a simple white, but textured with the use of an impression mat.

Fuzzy Monster Cake, on Craftsy

Photo via Craftsy member AliceSin

Nice monster 1st birthday cake

Craftsy member and cake artist AliceSin created this sweet and adorable monster cake for a 1st birthday with a matching smash cake. By stacking two tiers, the monster’s body and head was created and covered completely with colored buttercream icing, while the party hat was modeled from rice cereal treats and covered in fondant. The remaining accents were also created from a combination of fondant and gum paste.

Is Despicable Me more your style? Check out our tutorial on how to make fondant Minions. You might also enjoy our monster cupcake tutorial.

What boo-tiful techniques will you scare up to make your own sweet monster creations?

Comments

  1. Alice Davies says:

    Hi lynlee,
    I have recently made a Monsters University cake that won gold at cake international last weekend. I am in the process of writing a blog which gives instructions on how I made every character on my cake (there are 15 in total as well as two gargoyles). Please take a look.
    Thank you
    Alice

    1. Wow, Alice! Absolutely incredible!!! Congratulations! Your win is absolutely deserved! Thank you so very much for sharing! ♥

    1. Adorable, Delani! Love the cake and cupcakes! You did a fabulous job! Thanks for sharing. ♥