My son, N, LOVES Pokemon. When he asked for a Pokemon cake I first got excited because I wanted to attempt to mold all the little Pokemon in gum paste. Then, after realizing what I might be getting myself into, and also because I was to do another cake that same week that would be a real challenge, I decided to give in and buy the Pokemon to go on top of the cake. When I told him I was expecting him to be sad, but instead he was ecstatic!! He couldn't wait to get to play with all the little Pokemon figures that I bought for his cake!!
With several weeks to go before this cake would be done, I started on the lettering. I'm finding that I really like this process. It's calming to me. I printed out the word, Pokemon, from their website and used it as a gauge to make my letters. I did not make a template this time. Instead I just looked at the letters and drew it with my exacto knife. This was the result.
Next, I had to figure out how to make a Poke-ball with the actual cake. I tried making the fondant one big sheet and discovered rather quickly that the technique I was trying was NOT something I could accomplish. Instead I cut the cake into two hemispheres and proceeded to cover each cake separately. I then pushed them back together and sealed them with the black.
I called it a night after this step since the dilemma of how to cover it had taken me a while to figure out. The next day I continued working on the cake. I made rocks and grass out of gumpaste. I attached the lettering and placed the rocks and grass. Then my son helped me to place the figures. After asking some cake friends what they thought, I tried to make it seem like they were fighting a Poke-battle by putting the details around the figures on the top of the cake. I'm not sure that comes across to anyone who bothers to look at the cake, but I knew what it was. :-)