We really don't like cake at our house, the kids are even sick of it. So, this year for my son's birthday he decided he wanted a giant sugar cookie decorated for his "cake". Just like most 6 year old boys, he loves Iron Man. 
The technique I used was a Frozen Buttercream Transfer. Here is a link of a video on how to do one. I really like doing this technique because you can add more detail. Also, they mention in the video using a buttercream that has half butter and half shortening, so here is a recipe for a buttercream with half butter and half shortening...

Buttercream Icing
1/2 cup solid vegetable shortening
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter or margarine softened
1 tsp. flavoring or your choice (I love vanilla and almond)
4 cups sifted confectioners' sugar 
3 tablespoons milk

Cream shortening and butter or margarine with a mixer. Add flavoring then add sugar, one cup at a time, beating well on medium speed. When all sugar has been mixed in, icing will appear dry. Add milk and beat at medium speed until light and fluffy (you may need to adjust amount of milk if it still seems to dry). Keep bowl covered with a damp cloth until ready to use. Refrigerate any leftovers.


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