I was asked to make this Snowcat Cake for someone who drives a snowcat. It was his 30th birthday. I couldn't find any other cakes like it on the internet, so this really is an original! I used a few photos of snowcats from the web, and then drew myself one on paper.
I made 2 flat square cakes and then layered them and carved them in to the shape I needed. I used home-made fondant icing to cover it, and I think I needed about 1.5 - 2kg!! I used red, grey, white, yellow and black colours, oh and my 2 little boys who were eagerly watching the creation insisted I made some trees, so I needed green too (and I think the green does set it off really nicely, thanks boys!)
The cake is sitting on a cake board covered in royal icing which I raked with a zig-zag toothed tool to create the combed snow effect, just like on a real ski site! The shovel at the front of the snowcat is cake wrapped in black fondant, so as not to use such a huge thick piece of icing. I used tooth-picks to support the hydraulic arms of the rake at the back and the shovel at the front.
I made this cake over 3 afternoons; 1 to bake, 2 to carve, fill and butter ice it, 3 to cover it with fondant. It was time consuming but a lot of fun!
Someone asked me to make a Siamese cat cake for her mother-in-law's 80th birthday. She sent me a picture and this was the end result. This cake was a big hit at the party. Not only is it pretty, but it was delicious, too!
I started off with a 12 x 18 sheet cake and a 9 x 13, and 2 mini balls for the head. On a cake board, I drew the shape of the cake. I cut it out and covered it with foil. I placed the shaped board on the 9 x 13 cake, and using a bread knife, I cut the cake the same shape as the board.
I attached the head using frosting. To the head, I attached the ears using gum paste and toothpicks. I then used the left over pieces of cake and shaped it to get the rounded body look of the cake.
I dirty frosted the cake. I then used the grass tip to pipe hair all over the cake (with white frosting). I used my airbrush and brown and white color mixed together for as tan. I airbrushed the entire cake. I then used black to airbrush the tail, paws, face, and ears. I piped the eyes and nose using a number 2 tip.
I frosted the 12 x 18 cake and placed the cat on top, then I added in the writing on the sheet cake.