Mickey Mouse Clubhouse is the latest, hippest version of Mickey out there these days, very popular with the toddler and preschool set. It's Clara's current favorite because there are no scary parts. At present, she's terrified of all the Disney movies... dogs... the dark... etc... but Mickey Mouse Clubhouse has passed the Clara Scariness Test, so that's what she landed on for her birthday party.
A quick cake search on Pinterest revealed lots of re-creations of the clubhouse itself, which is essentially an enormous black ball with ears. I'm impressed at all the bakers who managed to balance a great big ball of cake on top of a skinny little pole! But to be honest, I don't find it very aesthetically pleasing, as far as cakes go.
Plus, I wanted to keep things simple for Clara's party since it's just her 3rd and I wasn't looking to set the cake bar too high so early on!
So here is what she got. Clean, bright primary colors, and Mickey's face smiling at her, which I cut out of layers of fondant with a sharp knife using the pushpin trick and a page from one of her coloring books.
Here are a few more shots from the sunny summer party.