I started by baking a dense vanilla cake, since I knew that the fondant would end up being fairly heavy and I didn't want it to collapse (that would be terrible!).
I baked five layers and leveled four of the layers. I left the fifth layer rounded to give the cake a slightly rounded top. Then I filled and frosted the cake and covered it with yellow fondant. Since my fondant wasn't super smooth, I rolled and cut another piece of yellow fondant to use as the face and attached it with some piping gel.
Next, I rolled out two rectangular pieces of blue fondant, rolled one edge under on each rectangle, and attached them to the sides of the face.
Then I cut a long strip of blue fondant to go around the cake. I folded over each end of the strip to make a second pleat on each side that slightly overlapped the first. I cut off the excess around the bottom.
Next, I rolled up a piece of fondant and added an arch of fondant over the front/top section of the cake (to look like a pleat when I added the top piece of fondant).
For the top portion, I rolled out a large piece of blue fondant and shaped it around the face by rolling it under. Then I pulled the sides back, creating pleats and rolling the edges under, bringing the ends together in the back near the bottom of the head. I cut away all of the excess so that there would be space for my knot later on. (Sorry for all of the corn starch in the photos... That's what I was using to roll out my fondant, and it made quite a mess!)
To make the eyes, I found a picture online by Googling "printable Ninjago eyes." I think that I ended up downloading the first one that I stumbled upon. Then I resized it to be 6x3 inches (the approximate dimensions of the face of this cake) and I printed it out. I cut out one of the eyebrows and used it as a template to cut the eyebrows for the face. For the eyes, I used a frosting tip to cut circles of black fondant. Then I used the wax paper transfer method (like I used for my polka dot cake in my previous post) to attach the eyes/eyebrows to the face. If you're not familiar with this method, here are the steps:
* Place printed Ninjago face picture under a piece of wax paper.
* Put a light coating of vegetable shortening on the wax paper.
* Place the eyes and eyebrows onto the wax paper.
* Spread a small amount of piping gel onto the eyes/eyebrows.
* Pick up the piece of wax paper and place it onto the cake where you want the eyes to be.
* Peel the wax paper away.
I added a small dot of white fondant to each eye.
The last piece that I added was the knot/tails. For the tails, I cut out two eightish-inch long pieces of fondant with pointy ends. I stuck one end of each tail under the back/bottom of the cake, and I brought the other end around the side so that the tails could be seen from the front of the cake. Then I pinched them together in various places to add some dimension. For the knot, I rolled out a strip of fondant, rolled the sides under, and created a ball shape. Then I pressed it onto the back of the cake (where the mask and tails came together), attaching it with piping gel.
And that's it!