My 3 yr old has been reminding me all year that she wanted a crocodile cake for her next birthday. Honestly, I thought it would wear off- but it didn't, and the challenge intrigued me.
I searched for some other crocodile cakes, but none really seemed along the lines I was thinking. So I got busy researching various pictures of crocodiles and set out to buy the materials necessary to make my very own crocodile fondant cake. I've never done one before so this was a first for me.
All in all it took me just over 8 hours today to make this cake. Everyone seems to love it and it has me considering making a few small different types tomorrow for a miniature cake portfolio in case someone needs a customized cake!
If there were any tips to give someone making a colored cake like mine, I would have to say: 1) if you are coloring the fondant yourself, mix it up while the cakes are cooking, It takes a while. 2) Cover your portions of fondant because they can dry out and then are really hard to work with once set on the cake. 3) Don't overdo it with the butter cream frosting underneath, otherwise it will goop out of the edges as you push on the fondant. A thin layer should be fine, just enough for the fondant to stick to.
I made this Gator cupcake cake for my son's soccer team, The Gators, end of year party.
I copied some photos that I found online of this concept. I used 24 cupcakes. To make them easier to decorate I put them in my freezer for about 1 hour, and then put a dollop of icing on the bottom of each cupcake before putting them in place on board. They adhere to the board with the icing especially well when they are cold.
The scales were not as difficult to accomplish as I thought they might be. Before I did this cake I had never made cupcakes, and hadn't decorated a cake in 15 years, so this is a cake anyone can do! It took 1 hour to do the scales. I did the scales with piping by cutting a small hole at the tip of a plastic disposable decorating bag, holding the parchment bag at approximately a 45 degree angle to the cake, squeezing with a constant pressure, in a sort up and down zig zag motion, continually moving from the head of the gator to the back.
The scales are the corners of chocolate graham crackers. The claws are banana runts, the eyes are 2 marshmallows held together with a toothpick, and junior mints stuck on with icing, and the nostrils are green jelly beans. The teeth are white icing.