In my high school it is tradition that we bake birthday cakes for our friend's birthday. So, my friend was turning 17 and I decided to make her a Lady Cake (from Lady and the Tramp) because she loves Lady and always wanted a cocker spaniel.
The cake was a Dunkin Heinz cake mix. I used Yellow cake mix and put it in a 14x10 cake pan to bake. Then, I let it cool (I put the pan in the snow, but a freezer works too, you just have to make sure it doesn't get freezer burned though).
While it was cooling I went online, found a good picture of Lady, printed it out the right size and then cut it out. Once the cake was cooled I placed the paper cutout on top of the cake, and outlined it with a knife. Then I cut it and took frosting and thinly frosted the entire cake.
Once that was done, I mixed various colors I would need for it. For Lady's body there are three different browns. A medium brown, light brown and a mocha brown. I used Hershey's cocoa for this and mixed in various amounts for various shades. Then I took teal and blue for the collar and tag.
Once I was done frosting I took dark baker's chocolate and melted it and drizzled it on for the nose, eyes, and mouth. Then I froze it so it wouldn't damage on the walk to school.
For my daughter's first birthday, I made her a cake of Tallulah Bird, who is a character in the Lucy Cousins Maisy the Mouse series of books and videos.
I started by screwing a structure with a 4-inch circle on 2 legs to the board on which I would put the cake. Then, I used one half of a Wilton Sports Ball cake as the bottom of the bird's dress. Then I used a hole ball for the upper torso, and a Wilton Mini Wonder Mold for the head. I also used some of the Mini Wonder Mold cakes for the feet and wings. I cut the bow out of the 4th cake from the Mini Wonder Mold. I used Wilton golden yellow icing for the bird and Wilton no-taste red for the dress.
Several dowels and toothpicks were used. I wished later that I had run a dowel straight up from the 4" circle all the way to the head. She was definitely a little wobbly and it made me nervous. I slipped an extra dowel in the back to make sure it didn't tip backwards in transport.
The homemade Maisy the Mouse Tallulah bird cake was the tallest I have ever made, and I would definitely recommend more structure over stress for anyone making a cake they might want to move from the place they are constructing/decorating it.
My 4 year old daughter loves The Land Before Time series of movies. Last year was Littlefoot; this year was Spike (she picked him because he is the biggest, so there would be more cake).
I built a structure up to hold the body off the ground. The structure had 4 legs and a plank that went under the body and had a dowel spike up into both the tail and the head cakes. Then I used a Wilton ball cake pan and Wilton Mini Wonder Mold cakes for his tail and head. I used parts of a couple of extra mini wonder cakes to fill in and then make his legs.
I threw in a couple extra cakes as landscaping. I like to use a variety of cake mixes, so that everyone can have their favorite kind of cake, its just a matter of finding where on the cake I put the red velvet!
I bought a $2 mini-fern from a craft store because Spike is always eating in the movies/tv shows. Then I stuck part of a fern leaf in his mouth. I covered the ground with some fondant and icing. I am terrible at piping, so I just iced the homemade Land Before Time Spike cake. I used Hershey's Kisses for the spikes.