My son LOVES dogs so I wanted to make him a doggie cake for his first birthday. This cake is designed after his Grandma's dog Daisy, who is the first dog he met. He recognized "Day-dee" right away and couldn't take his eyes off her. I also made a small bone for his smash cake.
I got the idea for the design from Dog Cake #26 on this site. The body is a 9x13 cake cut in half and stacked. The front legs are pieces of a loaf pan, cut to shape, and the back legs are from the same pan with the haunches as stacked smaller pieces, all glued with frosting. The head is half of a small Wilton ball pan on top of half a 6" round (to give it more height).
I glued the head together with frosting and stuck 2 wooden skewers in to hold it to the body. I carved out the nose - but it wasn't long enough and looked a bit like a pig, so I molded the end of the muzzle from a Rice Krispie treat and stuck it on with toothpicks. Then the nose got a bit unsteady, so I used a plastic ball to support it - which added that perfect touch, I think! The ears and tail are also molded from Rice Krispie treats and stuck on with toothpicks.
The bone is carved out of another cake, single layer.
I used the Durable Cake Recipe from Cake Central and it worked really well. One batch for the 9x13 body, one batch for the legs and head, and one batch for an emergency 9x9 pan just in case (I have learned to always have an extra cake!) I ended up using half of the emergency cake for the bone. I baked all the cakes ahead of time and froze them for at least 24 hours, wrapped in plastic wrap and foil.
I made one batch of Wilton butter cream frosting for a crumb coat / filling and let that set for several hours. I made another batch for the outer coat and colored part brown and part white - used that for the body and bone. It was very easy to frost since I wanted it to look furry so it didn't have to be smooth. The eyes and nose posed a bit of a dilemma but I ended up microwaving tootsie rolls and molding them for the eyes (I wanted that brown color) and I carved a chocolate square for the nose. The black and red is just piping gel.
Everyone LOVED it and they're already talking about birthday #2.