I made this Cheetah Cake for my son's 5th birthday party. He loves the cheetah and from that we decided to do a Africa Safari party, with a track hunting game (obviously with a treasure at the end), an elephant pinata etc.
I started the cake off with a cake pan in the shape of a teddy bear, which provided me with the round shape for the head and ears. The bottom part of the mouth was added to elongate the face, using a half moon shaped pan. The nose was also build up with extra peaces of cake. The extra parts I "glued" on with caramel.
I shaped the ears a bit more pointy, using extra icing sugar, most kids won't mind that. I used photographs of real cheetahs as a reference for the colouring with the icing, which I only smeared on, to give a bit of a rough texture for the fur. For the details I used a icing tube, specific the star end for the spots.
I was asked by a customer to make a homemade Fox cake for her husband, looked on the net and as you can imagine, they are quite scarce. So, I took the bull by the horns and decided to carve one using a drawing of a fox that I found on the net.
The Fox was all curled up asleep and looked so sweet. I thought it would be easier to transport this way too, rather than sitting on haunches. I made the cake from quite a dense chocolate sponge and buttercream and covered it in white fondant icing. I then textured it with a knife.
I'm very fortunate, because my father-in-law bought me an air brusher, this has been really useful, but especially in this case, I don't think it would have looked as effective without it. I added the ears in fondant icing too, then sprayed away and voila! I was pretty pleased with myself, as I had been having panic attacks over it.
This Cheetah birthday cake was cut out of a half-sheet cake. To get the shape I used a small piercing knife to cut the basic outline of the cat out. Next I iced the cake using a cake icer tip. Next I figure-piped the legs and arms and face with a a coupler tip. I created fur texture by using a fork starting from the outside working inwards. I airbrushed the details and piped on the spots etc.
Once you do a few cutout cakes you really get the hang of it and can choose almost anything. Coolest Birthday cakes website is soo helpful for ideas, that is why I like to share my ideas as well. This cake was for a little girl who loved cheetahs and wanted a cool cake like everyone else gets! The cake was a hit!
I made a large slab of white cake and a couple of different shaped chocolate cakes. By cutting and piecing them together I was able to get the overall koala cake shape.
I used store bought frosting (not great tasting, but easy to work with and time-saving!) which I tinted with brown food coloring. Working with a palette knife allowed me to tint and add texture as I went along. An illustration of a koala in a children's book helped me with the cute expression...koalas don't really smile like this!
I made this Koala Bear Cake a few years ago for a co-worker's b-day. She heard about the strange cakes I've made in the past for friends and asked if I could make a Koala cake. As you can tell, I did not use any sort of pan, cut it free hand with a knife from a 9x13 cake pan. The cake is frosted with tinted butter cream frosting. I used a steel blue color in place of gray to give it a more cartoon feel.