Detective Pikachu Cake

My kids are so excited for the Detective Pikachu movie, so I made them this adorable cake!

Vanilla Buttercream

An easy to make yet delicious American buttercream recipe


  • 4 sticks unsalted butter softened
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 6 cups powdered sugar


  1. In a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, whip the butter until it is light and fluffy. Scrape down the sides of the bowl.

  2. Add vanilla, salt and heavy cream

  3. Slowly add the powdered sugar. Add more cream for a thinner consistency, or more powdered sugar for a thicker consistency.

  4. Turn mixer on high speed for 2 minutes to whip the buttercream until it's lighter in color. Hand stir to remove any air bubbles.

Recipe Notes

  • For Mint Chocolate Chip, add 1/2 tsp of Mint extract (not peppermint) at the same time as the vanilla. After adding the powdered sugar, add a tiny bit of green food color gel.  At the very end, hand stir in 1 1/3 cup of mini chocolate chips

Template/boards –  pikachu-template.jpg (382 downloads)


12” mdf board

5/16” diameter threaded rod 12” tall

nuts, lock washers, washers to fit 5/16 rod


foam core boards to fit pikachu –  pikachu-template.jpg (382 downloads)

felt pads to use for feet

aluminum foil tape –

Turntable (Revolving Cake Stand) –

Off set spatula –

Plastic Straws for supports

Large Rolling Pin –

Isomalt –

Fondant –

Sugar Shapers –

Brushes –

Bench Scraper –

Round Silicone mold for Magnifying Glass–

Sweetened Coconut

Airbrush colors

Gel food colors

Royal Icing

Candy  melts

Flat popsicle sticks

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