I made this Armadilo cake as a groom's cake for my brother's wedding. We are from Texas originally and I thought this would be fun. I did not make it a red velvet cake, as there were small children at the wedding and I did not think that they would understand.
I first made two chocolate sheet cakes; using cookie sheets with sides. Then photo copied to size a cartoon armadillo that I liked. I placed the cut out picture on the sheet cakes and cut out around the picture to get the basic form. I then filled the two sheet forms with icing and was now ready for decorating the outside.
I first iced the entire cake in grey icing and then dyed my fondant the same color. I used a small circle cookie cutter to make the tiles for the shell of the armadillo. I actually bent the cutter a little to make it slightly oval. I then rolled out equal portions of fondant to make the ropes for the center section of shell. Then placed the fondant on the cake where the picture required.
Two days prior I had molded fondant to make the claws and ears. Both of which were positioned on toothpicks for easy assembly. I used a giant black jelly bean for the eye. I assembled all of this the day before and let it sit overnight in the refrigerator. I would not recommend placing fondant in the refrigerator any longer than overnight while touching icing. It melts.
This was a lot of fun for me and my brother and his new wife loved the cake!
by Carole and Nancy from Cakes Plus
(Port Saint Lucie, Florida)
Homemade Armadillo Birthday Cake
Homemade Armadillo Birthday Cake
This Homemade Armadillo Birthday Cake was for a 16 Birthday Cake for a friend. The cake was Red Velvet cake, so when cut into it was red like blood. He loved it.
The cake was created with the Wilton Football cake pan and a 9x 12 cake pan. The Football shape was placed on top of 9 x 12 to make higher and also can shape it more round on bottom. Pieces that were cut off were used to form face of Armadillo. Cake was covered with grey buttercream frosting before fondant was put on so that fondant would stick.
Then made Marshmallow Fondant and colored grey. Left some white to form nails for feet (let dry). Two pieces of fondant rolled out to fit front of armadillo and back end of armadillo. The middle where strips of fondant layered to overlay each strip. Circles on body where made from the open end of a frosting tip and pushed lightly to indent.
Face of Armadillo was a piece of cake cut into a long triangle and covered in fondant. An indentation was made on end to form snout. Ears were pieces of fondant shaped like a leaf, rolled and pinched around lollipop sticks to form tube shaped and inserted for ears. Eyes were black frosting.
The tail was fondant wrapped around red licorice with strips of fondant to form segment look. Claws were inserted into pieces of fondant for feet, placed on each side of Armadillo.
After cake was completed, placed toffee pieces around base to create rock look.
My finance and I made this Homemade Armadillo Cake as a birthday cake for his cousin Shroader. We made the fondant homemade marshmellow recipe. The cake is red velvet. We made one for the large pan and then one to form the cake. We used a loaf pan and a copper grape mold pan. This was our first attempt at anything like this.