I made this for my friend's daughter's 9th birthday party to go with her Hawaiian theme. I made two round 10" cakes. When cooled I sandwiched them together with a thin layer of jam and butter cream.
I then made a template of the parrot using paper, placing it on the sponge I cut the body shape out from one side of the cake and then I used the other half to out cut the log and the tail shapes. I covered the cakes in a thin layer of butter cream. I started with the log covering it in brown icing, by mixing brown food coloring in to white icing leaving a slight marble affect then rolling it out on a clean dinning table dusted with icing sugar to stop it sticking.
I then covered the tail in rolled out red icing. I then put a strip of rolled out red icing around the side of the body. I covered the top in rolled out piece of red icing trimming around the edges and cutting out a shape for the breast and filling it with a piece blue icing cutting it to shape, then cutting out the face and filling it with white icing. Then carefully arranged the shapes on to a 16" square board . Then I mixed the remaining white icing with food colorings to make yellow, orange, light green, darker green, light pink, darker pink and purple which I used to cut out the feathers, flower and the leaf shapes. Using a little water and a paint brush I stuck them in to place.
To add the final touch I mixed green food coloring in to sugar and covered the board.
I made this Otter Cake for my boyfriend's 33rd birthday and he loved it! I took inspiration from other otter cakes I had seen (flickr has a good group where you can upload all sorts of animal cakes, although the ones on here are much more inspirational) and then created mine.
I baked it in a tray and used a paper template I had drawn to cut around and make arms, legs and a tail. Then I covered the whole thing in chocolate butter cream and used a fork to make a 'wet fur' look. I used a black tube of pre-bought icing to create eyes, nose and whiskers and drew an outline of the fish. I then made a pink glace icing to fill in the fish.
It took a while to dry, but I have to say I'm pleased with the results. My top tip is to cut out the basic shape and assemble it on your serving tray (I used a normal tea tray) and THEN glue the limbs / tail on with buttercream, before covering the whole thing. I also recommend testing out your icing colours, texture and even the cake taste on a bit of the off-cuts, first. (Yum!)
My daughter wanted to raise money for river otters for her birthday. How to make a River Otter Birthday Cake? I knew I couldn't live up to some of the beautiful otter cakes I saw on this website and others. So, I decided to go with a "scene" instead, with little toy river otters as the focal points.
The cake was box cakes, layered and frosted green. The river was glittery blue icing from a tube - very easy to work with. The rocks were chocolate rocks, along with gummy fish. The cat-tails were the most complicated pieces. I started with thick spaghetti, rolled in slightly diluted green food coloring. I warmed up tootsie rolls, and used small pieces for the cat-tail part (then wiped them with vegetable oil to keep them from drying out). For the leaves, I wrapped the spaghetti with slices of green fruit rollups, allowing the tops to naturally fold over. They worked great! I used more fruit rollup slices to make the wording (easier for me than writing with icing).