I made this Bat Cake from one 8" round with no leftover scraps! I cut the wings from the sides of the round with a scalloped shape in the middle, for the underside of the wings, leaving three connected oval-ish shapes in the middle. Two of those ovals became the bat's body and head. The third was cut in half lengthwise and the pieces laid on their sides, one on top of the bat's head and the other on its belly; this created a 3D curve to the bat's body.
Then I cut slivers (long pointy-ended ovals) from the inside top curve of the bat's wings to shape them, and then cut those slivers in half crossways. Two of the resulting pieces became the bat's ears, and the other two its legs.
Then (after coating with buttercream, of course) I covered the whole thing with homemade marshmallow fondant. I did the wings first, and then covered the body with a separate piece of fondant, because a piece of rolled fondant large enough to cover the entire cake would have been extremely hard to handle! I liked the effect of having a bit of a "furry" edge between the body and the wings.
The black food coloring I used came out more purplish-grey but we decided that the color was fine. Having it not be totally black allowed me to paint the details on its wings and face with more black food coloring. The eyes are cinnamon red hots candies, inserted in holes poked into the fondant.
We live rural so I wanted to make a Homemade Bull Head Cake for my son's 10th birthday. I used a picture of a real bull to get the right proportions. I baked a large square pan and a round cereal bowl. Out of the square cake I cut the shape of the head. I put the left over bits aside. With the bowl shaped cake I used that to form the 3D height and the roundness of the top part of the head. With the left over bits I cut and pasted them with frosting to form the bridge along the nose.
I then rounded the sides of the head and crumb-frosted the whole cake. I rolled out my fondant and laid it over the cake. I gently pushed the fondant into place and cut off excess. I used the excess to make the ears. I made the horns out of fondant too and used skewer sticks to hold them in place. I finished it with a ring in the nose. For all the hours it takes to decorate a cake it's really worth it when you see the look of amazement on your kids faces.
Tip - best to use gloves when pressing the fondant into the cake, that way it doesn't show fingerprints.
My friend and I have a love of llamas. I really don't know where it started but I guess that is what makes our friendship special. She requested I make her birthday cake this year because I have found a new love of cake decorating since I made my daughter's Sunshine cake. We have so many personal jokes that many people don't understand and probably never will so it took me a while to decide how to decorate this Llama cake.
I was also trying a new cake recipe so I didn't want to get over my head with a shaped cake so I went with a two layered round cake. I used a toothpick to outline the llama on the crumb layer of frosting, then a spatula to fill it in. For the neck hair I used a #1 tip, around the ears and forehead I used a fork to make it a little fuzzier looking.
My friend was thrilled with her Llama cake. I definitely made a wise decoration choice, which is more than I can say for the new cake recipe.