I went all out for my daughter’s second birthday – bought the platform, the box everything I could to make this Homemade Clifford the Big Red Dog Cake professional looking.
The base is a chocolate sheet cake (I’m sorry, but I cannot recall the size!) Clifford is a white cake using the Wilton Puppy mold.
I made a large batch of pure white buttercream frosting and divided for the grass, eyes and fur. I made a normal batch of chocolate buttercream for the fence, outline and pupils. I made the frosting a little TOO stiff which made it difficult to pipe and a bit dry (lesson learned for the next one). Note, be sure to get the NO TASTE food red food color or the entire cake will be inedible. I did some research and found Super Flame Red was the no-taste version of the Cake Craft colors – they are also certified Kosher, Gluten free, and Nut free. I think I used way too much (1.5 oz) because I forgot it does continue to darken so it was a little too bright in the end.
I had traced the outline of Clifford first and then filled in the red. I did need to re-trace the outline on top of the Red for a final touch. The fence was done using a petal tip; the grass with a large star; the fur with a smaller star; the outline with a round tip. The sizes were a whatever standard comes in the starter kit.
Aside from the frosting being dry and flaky, the cake was perfect and my daughter and her friends loved it. I was almost disappointed I had to cut it up!!
For my son's 3rd birthday, he asked for a Clifford theme and in particular a Clifford Dog Bone Cake. Using the other cakes on this site for inspiration, I came up with the bone design first.
Using two heart-shaped cakes (points trimmed off) on the ends and a rectangle cut from a loaf pan for the middle, I stuck them together with butter cream icing (store bought) and iced the entire bone and then froze it. Once it was hard, I covered it with Wilton's pure white rolled fondant. It was my first time using fondant and it was a little tricky to get the hang of at first.
For the actual cake, I stacked two 9x13 cakes (also store bought) and put chocolate fudge icing in between the layers. Then I iced it in vanilla and let it harden in the freezer. Using Wilton's primary yellow rolled fondant, I covered the rectangle cake. It wasn't perfect but good enough for a first try and for a 3 year old!
On another site, I saw paw prints made with a peppermint patty and three junior mints. Since my family loves peppermint patties, that was a perfect paw print for this cake. I used candy letters on the bone and candy bones and rolled fondant balls as a border around the bottom.
Clifford and Emily Elizabeth figures are from Scholastic Books. This was a fun cake to make and I learned a little about fondant and I will try using it again. The cake was a hit and someone even asked where I got it from!