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Coolest Axolotl Cake 1

by Beth Johnson
(Melbourne, Australia )

Axoltl Cake

Axoltl Cake

Here's a cake I made for my friends birthday. More information and photos can be found on my blog here...

The cake was a 20cm round white chocolate mudcake (recipe on blog). White chocolate butter cream frosting:

1/2 cup solid copha (vegetable shortening)
1/2 cup butter at room temperature
40 g white chocolate melted
1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
500 g sifted icing sugar
3-4 tbsp milk
Desired food colouring (I used red)
Cream shortening and butter.

Add the white and vanilla. Gradually add sugar one cup at a time beating well on medium speed scraping down the sides of the bowl as required. When all sugar has been mixed in icing will appear dry. Add milk and beat at medium speed until light and fluffy. Add food dye until you are happy with the colour.


Orchard icing Red
Food dye
Sour straps
Pink jelly snakes - the harder these are the better so go for the cheapo brands. I used the snakes out of a packet of 'Dip Dunk chew'

Make the Cake:

Place your cake onto a chopping board and using a sharp knife cut out your cake into the shapes in the template. Carve away the sharp edges to create a smooth rounded body. Transfer your cake to your prepared board. Place two slices of baking paper underneath the cake. After you have iced the cake you will slide these out (you won't messy up your board that way). Attach the head of the axolotl to the body using a bamboo skewer.

Ice your Cake:

Smother your cake all over with icing using a metal spatula. For finer areas like the inner curve of the tail I use a butter knife. Smooth out most of the creases in the icing using a metal knife or spatula dipped into very hot water. You will set the icing and repeat this later so just get the worst of the creases out now.

Add the Legs and Dorsal Fin:

Make the legs by adding a bit of food colouring to your Orchard icing and kneed it through until the colour is uniform. Pull off a clump and roll into a sausage. Flatten one end slightly between your thumb and forefinger and then make 3 cuts to make the toes. Press to the side of the body.

Lightly dust your clean dry work surface with icing sugar. Roll out a strip of Orchard icing so its 3-4mm thickness and 3cm wide (you will need to work out the length depending on your own cake but mine was from the top of the head to the middle of the tail). Arrange the dorsal fin along the length of the axolotl.

The Gills:

Take your jelly 'snakes' and cut them 4-5cm long sections. You will need 6 in total. Make slit down one end. With your sour straps cut them into 6 x 3cm squares. Cut 10 slits down the sides of each square to make the furry gill segments - do not cut right the way to the middle! Slip the sour strap into the slot in the snake and trim the sour strap "gills" so the top bits are shorter (see diagram). Squeeze closed. The stickiness of the snakes should keep the sour strap gills in place. Poke them into the head. I didn't have any trouble with them staying in place but if you do I would suggest poking a tooth pick into the "snake" and then poking that into the head.

The Eyes:

Roll a small amount of the Orchard icing into a ball. Flatten slightly. I used a coriander seed (oh yes!) for the pupil because it was the only thing I could find in the cupboard. But you could use mini M&Ms or those little silver ball things or whatever else you find in your cupboard.

Finishing Off:

Leave the cake in the fridge for about an hour or so to allow the icing to set. Run a hot knife (a metal knife or spatula dunked in hot water) to smooth over your axolotl's icing. Mop up any messy bits on your display tray with a paper towel - or ear bud for fine parts!

Axolotl Cake

Axolotl Cake

Comments for Coolest Axolotl Cake 1

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by: Kimberly

It looks so real! I have only seen these once or twice at an aquarium. Love it!!

The best cake at this portal
by: gormi

I love them

by: Anonymous

I LOVE THIS! I'm so gonna make it 4 my friend 4 her bday..

by: Anonymous

It's really well done, but I didn't think they had eyes

by: Sas

I'm the friend she made it for and yes they do have eyes :)

great cake
by: Belle

this is unreal

Really cool!
by: Anonymous

I like your cake

by: Anonymous

My 11 year old son loves his axolotls - guess what I am making now for the B'Day cake - thanks...LOL..I am sure we will have fun it amazing!

Very clever
by: Vick

Very clever idea, and what a fun joke (the mud cake). Thanks for sharing!

by: Autumn Turner

I love Axolotls and I'm going to be buying one soon.
Plus my 13th birthday party is coming up so maybe I'll make myself a special treat!

Awesome job with this its super epic 8D

gonna show my mom, this it's wicked
by: Anonymous

My mom will love this. I need to show her I love axolotls. I mean they're just so exotic with the tail fins and spikes. It's just so AWESOME, by the way nice design.

by: Anonymous

I am getting my mum to make me one for my birthday which is coming up. I am hopefully getting a axolotl as well.

best cake on website!
by: Anonymous

This is great! Most people don't even know what an axolotl is! Love it

by: Sue in England

My daughter spotted this some time ago so I have just finished it for her 22nd birthday tomorrow! One of the more unusual cakes I have made - thanks!

by: JessO{

That cake is incredibly life like, I was half
expecting it to start swimming:)

by: Cheryl

i am not easily impressed, but that is brilliant! well done!!!

So Cute!!!
by: Sabrina

Hi, I have two Axies myself called Lenny and Carl. Your cake is excellent and a very creative idea! Going to get my cake friend to make it next birthday for sure!!

good job :)
by: renae

well done that is an awesome cake, i too had axolotl's when i was growing up love them still :)

cool cake!!!
by: emma w

awesome!!! im gonna make it for my teacher she is the biggest axolotl fan!!!!!!!!!!!!

by: Anonymous

i love axolotls, there so unusual and there the only fish that have legs. we have 2 axolotls in my classroom, one is brown and the other pink. we called the brown one peanut butter and the pink one jelly, and then we realized 'peanut butter & jelly!

by: Anonymous

From the Google thumbnails I thought this was a dissected axolotl. I am glad my morbid curiosity caused me to click on the links and realise this was not the situation. Disgusted to hungry in 0.6 seconds..

by: Hungry guy

I'm a 22 year old guy and I was inspired to surprise my mum with a an aquarium for her birthday and bought her two axolotls because she likes quirky stuff. Guess what I'm making her this birthday?

what size?
by: Heather

this is awesome,im gonna make this tomorrow!
but what type of pans do you use?

Wow its amazing
by: Ruth

I have never seen such b4 i wil try it for my son's birthday next year.

Brill Cake!
by: Anonymous

This is brilliant! I'm going to make it for my cousins birthday!

by: 53216josh

let my eat it axolotl cool bro,make one for me

by: Anonymous

good aand soo sexy

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