My son turned 1 in July and we were having over 30 family members for the bash (my hubby has a VERY large family). This crocodile cake was too small to feed all those people so I also made croc cupcakes. I got the idea from someone on this website who suggested they had derived their creativity from Family Fun.com.
I used a bundt pan and followed the directions online. Cutting it in 3 and shaping it in a zigzag pattern. It was tricky making the tail as I had to slice the last bit of the bundt in half diagonally but I finally got it and icing covered all my mistakes.I used malt balls and marshmallows for the eyes. Malt balls for his nostrils and spearmint gummy leaves for his claws and scales.I had trouble cutting the yogurt covered pretzels (it made his teeth look dirty and broken) so I inverted them and left the "humps" out of his mouth as his teeth. This made him look friendly like he was smiling.
The cupcakes really finished it off. Everyone thought it was terribly cute! I was pleased! I want to be that "Martha Stewart" mom and the ideas shared on this website are an immense help in executing any cake idea or design.
I was asked to make a Alligator Swamp People Cake for a friend's son who was turning 10. He wanted chocolate so I opted for a heavy fudge chocolate cake recipe as I knew I would need to do a lot of sculpting. I also froze the cake prior to sculpting it to further prevent it from falling apart.
Part of the cake I made in a 9"x13" pan; this I used to cut out the feet and tail. The body was baked in a medium glass dish to get the right shape. The head I used an oval corning ware dish with a rounded bottom. I used icing to build up the ridges on the face. The scales are simple varying shapes of icing piped onto the cake in dots then pressed down when slightly dried.
Teeth, scales and eyes were piped with icing, claws were Tootsie rolls shaped into claws and then pressed into cake. Sand was Grahame cracker crumbs, stones were special stone shaped candy. Cupcakes were made with white icing then sprayed with edible blue Wilton spray. Cattails were Tootsie rolls shaped onto toothpicks. Leaves were the only non edible item on cupcakes.
This Alligator cupcake cake was so much fun! Giving credit where credit is due, this idea came from a book titled "Hello, Cupcake" (I got mine at a local craft store).
Using one cake mix, bake 24 regular cupcakes. Ice them with "gator-green" buttercream by piping on overlapping rows of "scales". Arrange them in the order seen in the photo (I was 2 short, so my tail wasn't as long as the original design). Add Oreo crisps (from the 100 calorie packs) for the raised scales.
Use candy bananas for the claws, and large marshmallows cut into triangles for the teeth. "Glue" two additional large marshmallows end to end to form the eyes. Cover them with green icing, and place on top of the gators "head". Use black icing or a small chocolate candy (such as a Jr. Mint) for the eyeballs.
I made this Alligator Birthday Cake for my nephew's 5th Birthday. I made several rectangle cakes for the body and tail, and stacked them two high to ensure I was able to get the depth in the cake. The head was cut out of a square cake stacked two high.
I firstly traced the sizes of the tins on paper and then drew the alligator free hand. Then I cut out the drawing and stuck it on the cake. The eyes and nostrils are marshmallows, stuck to the cake with toothpicks. I think all up I used 10 X 340Gr cake mixes.
I piped all the icing, which took a long time, but was worth it. The claws are also piped icing, I just used a thicker and flatter nib.