My grandson Hank's 5th birthday party was reptile themed, so an alligator cake was in order. I drew lots of inspiration from the other cakes on this wonderful site (thanks, all!) and tossed around several diff't ideas before settling on this one.
I mixed up the buttercream frosting the night before and had a devil of a time with the two greens. I did not want it grass green, but neither did I want it pea green, so I tried for a happy medium. I drew out a template and made sure the finished product would fit on my cake board and then in the cake box (1/2 sheet). I made two 9 x 13 sheet cakes; the head and tail was cut from one and the body was cut from the other. I used cupcakes cut in half for the feet and piped in toenails with black tube icing.
I decorated it with the star tip, using a lighter green for some contrast. I almost forgot the teeth. In fact, I DID forget the teeth and had to pull the cake out of the fridge (after the icing had already set) to put the marshmallow teeth on. This was tricky as once you cut into a marshmallow, it is one sticky mess. I cut my triangle shaped teeth and stuck them in the cake using toothpicks. I think if my icing would have been soft, I may hve been able to omit the toothpicks, but I was too impatient (and tired) to wait for the icing to soften up. With or without the teeth, I'm groud of my gator!
My little girl is not very girly and wanted an alligator birthday party at an alligator/petting zoo. I just thought I'd make my own Alligator Birthday Cake since the local bakeries were just not willing to make what I had in mind. I'm an artist, so I didn't think it'd be too difficult, except for baking it properly.
I cooked two sheets of cake, took two large sheets of paper to make my template of the alligator, laid it over the cake so I knew how much of the cake would be used. When I drew out what I wanted, I cut it out of the paper, laid the paper back down on the unfrosted sheetcake and scored the outlines of the body. I cut it at an angle.
I used the leftover pieces to make the legs. I used fondant for the mouth, some scales and bow and then malt balls for the eyes with the white fondant over them to create "the stare". Then I frosted it till my fingers were numb. The "dirt" is Coco Crispies and there are little gummy frogs. I painted eyelashes and the teeth (on white fondant) with black food coloring (the little jar stuff, not the stuff you use to color eggs.)
Use butter cream frosting it tastes the best! My next attempt will be a sandcastle!
My grandson Ryan wanted a gator cake for his 5th Birthday party, this is what we wound up with. I started out with a 14x3 round cake pan for the body, and a 14x14x3 square to make the gators tail, nose and feet.
For the head I used 2 lg cupcakes. I used butter cream frosting dyed green to frost him, Oreos pulled apart for his back (scrape off the icing from the cookies) and eyes (leave the icing for the eyes) and pieces of Oreos for the toe nails.
I think it turned out great for being my first Alligator .