I made this Cow cake for my friend's daughter's 5th birthday party. The cake needed to serve 30-40 people, so a 9" round cake wasn't going to be big enough. I used a 10"x13" pan for the body (2 layers) and a 6" round for the head (single layer).
To assemble it, I first assembled the rectangular cake in the traditional way (two layers with a filling and crumb coated it. I sliced the 6" round into two layers. The top layer (with the slightly domed top) I crumb coated and placed on the rectangular cake for the head.
The bottom layer I carved into two ears, crumb coated them, and put them in place. All the left over cake scraps were devoured by my two small children.
I then carved out the shape of the cow's body and frosted the whole thing with vanilla buttercream for the white body, then tinted some buttercream with pink dye to form the cow's nose and ears. The rest of the buttercream I mixed with cocoa powder to make it brown. I used that to frost the spots, and used a small round (#4) tip to pipe the outline.
The eyes are licorice jelly beans, the nostrils are vanilla jelly beans, and the horns are fashioned out of gumpaste with a touch of black dye to make them grey.
I made this cow cake for my son's second birthday. I had napkins/plates with a farm scene on and copied the cow off of those. The cake itself is made from one yellow and one chocolate cake mix in regular 9 x 11 cake pans. I placed one horizontally for the body and one vertical for the head.
I just free-handed the head and body and used miscellaneous pieces of cake to shape the horns, feet, udders, ears and tail of the cow. I used icing to attach each section to the body or head. The ball of the tail is a single cupcake.
I bought icing at a bakery and smoothed it out using a knife dipped in warm water. I used decorator tips to make the tip of the tail and the tuft of hair on the cows head more curly. I added cocoa to the icing to make the brown (and a very tasty chocolate icing) and I used yellow and red food coloring plus cocoa to make the fleshy part of the face and the hooves. I used pink sprinkle to make the udders pink. I then finished by piping the detail and wording with a small decorator tip.
The cake was huge but we had a lot of people to feed. It was a big hit and matched the napkins quite well.
This Cow Birthday Cake was for my friend's daughter's birthday. Miss Bailey wanted a cow. This was a new adventure for me but I was up to the challenge.
I started with a 14in round cake and an 8in cake. I cut the 8in down to make the snout and used the remainder as the ears. I used the star tip to cover the cow, using chocolate frosting for the spots to avoid bad tasting coloring. I used the glossy tube of writing gel in black for the eyes, nostrils and mouth to give them the moist look.
It was a big hit. I will keep this in mind for the future.
by Samantha Swaney
(Jamestown, Ohio, United States)
Well my mom made me this cake for my fourteenth birthday, two years ago. She used a cake pan that we have and its in the shape of a bear. She used a homemade icing recipe but I don't know it at the moment, but its royal icing. Anyways, she used a star tip and put little stars over the whole thing except for the eyes and ears. She just used regular icing for them. She also used regular choclate cake mix and the icing was vanilla. It was delicious and cute too ! (: Well thats about it, thanks.