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Coolest Clifford the Big Red Dog Cake 19

by Michele M.
(Laurel, MD USA)

Homemade Clifford the Big Red Dog Cake

Homemade Clifford the Big Red Dog Cake

Homemade Clifford the Big Red Dog Cake
Homemade Clifford the Big Red Dog Cake
Homemade Clifford the Big Red Dog Cake
Homemade Clifford the Big Red Dog Cake

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!!

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Coolest Clifford Dog Bone Cake

by Alison
(PA)

Homemade Clifford Dog Bone Cake

Homemade Clifford Dog Bone Cake

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!

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