I received the Big Top Cupcake set for Christmas, and my 27, soon to turn 28 year old zoo keeper sister exclaimed "I want a warthog cake for my birthday!" when she saw the pig idea on the side of the box.
I prepared the Big Top Cupcake according to instructions and filled it with instant banana pudding. I made my basic butter cream icing from the Wilton Website, but I always use water instead of milk, don't like the idea of it spoiling from not being in the fridge.
I made the ears and tusks from fondant with gum paste powder added so they would harden up and hold their shape better. They were shaped around toothpicks so when I was ready to attach them I could just stick them in.
I frosted the body with brown and then added thicker icing to bring out his nose area by taking the tip off my piping bag and just squeezing icing through the coupler. You have to have a coupler with a solid circle though, one particular popular brand has a slit in their couplers so that will not even squeeze icing out! I used that to make the feet as well.
I stuck in the tusks and ears after they had dried for about 3 hours in a warm room. I then added the eyes, mouth and nostrils with black. The hair was made with the grass tip.
Got lots of compliments on the cake and my sister loved it. I thought it kind of looks more like a Bison though.
My son is rat mad and has 5 male pet rats of his own, so when his birthday came around really didn't have to think about it very long. I based the shape and colouring of his Homemade Rat Birthday Cake on his favourite rat "Bolt".
First I baked a marble (choc and vanilla) cake in a loaf pan using a basic Madeira method. Once cool I refrigerated it overnight to make it easier to carve.
The next day I shaped the cake into a kind of elongated egg shape with a serrated knife. Then I iced the cake all over with a basic buttercream in natural colouring. I left that to set a little and then used a piping bag to apply the hood colouring. I used a fork to add the texture to the coat of the rat.
The nose and ears and tail were made out of pink fondant icing and little white teeth out of fondant too. Dark chocolate chips for the eyes and finally spaghetti whiskers. He is sitting on a fondant "hammock" with paw prints painted on with food colouring and the candles are sitting in a clean rat bowl filled with cake offcuts and iced to match the cake.
I made this Peacock birthday cake for my daughter for her 24th birthday. She is a September baby and I wanted something with the sapphire color in it since it is her birth stone.
The body of the peacock is made of rice crispy treats and covered in fondant. I used various shades of blue, green and purple fondant for the feathers using a leaf shaped cookie cutter to make the feathers. I used a larger leaf shaped cookie cutter for the wings. I used fondant to make the letters and numbers. I added on edible pearls to the feathers and wings. I dusted everything with blue and purple pearl dust so it would glimmer.
The cake is a basic white almond sour cream cake dyed a dark teal color. The frosting is homemade butter cream dyed a pale teal and applied with a ruffle tip. I wanted the look of soft feathers for the frosting.
This cake was a true labor of love as it was the most difficult cake I have ever made. Several times I thought about changing the cake as it was turning out to be very frustrating but I am so glad I stayed with it as it turned out so pretty!