I made this Cow Birthday Cake for my daughter’s 2nd birthday.

I made two buttercakes and put one in a 20 x 20 cm square tin. The other mixture I made 5 cup cakes, in a muffin tin and then put the rest of the mixture into a loaf tin.

Cut the square cake vertically in half and stand the two pieces side by side with the cut sides up and basis together, put a few wooden skewers through to hold them together, this makes the body of the cow.

Cut the loaf cake in half and place half the cake onto the body, holding it in place with skewers, this makes the face. I cut the top off a cup cake to make the nose, held on by tooth picks.

To make the ears and horns I free hand fashioned them out of the other half of the loaf cake and held them on with tooth picks.

I used the other four cup cakes, turned upside down for the legs and feet. I just sat the body on top of them, after I had attached the face.

Decoration is Maltessers for the eyes and one cut in half for the nostrils and licorice for eye lashes.

A pink marshmallow for the ears, cut in half. Another pink one cut in half for the mouth and a chocolate covers jelly snake for a tail.

Chocolate buds for the spots on the cow and a double lot of Vienna cream icing, taking a small amount and adding cocoa for the brown icing.