I made this cake for my son's second birthday. We had a cowboy themed party, and my son dressed in a cowboy hat and boots. The cake is just a basic 8 in round lemon cake. I let the cake cool off completely and then trimmed the top to make it flat and not raised up in the middle.
I frosted it with a thin layer of lemon frosting for a crumb coat and refrigerated it for about 10 min. After the crumb coat had hardened I added a thick layer of vanilla frosting. The rope lasso is made from fondant and dyed brown with paste food coloring using a toothpick. I rolled out four long "worms" with the fondant, like you would play-doh or clay, and and let them sit on the counter for about 10-15 min. to dry out a little. Then I twisted two of them together to form the bottom rope and the other two to form the top rope.
Make sure your frosting is still wet when you add the fondant, if your frosting is too dry you'll need to add a small bead of fresh frosting around the bottom and top edge of your cake to act as a glue to stick on your rope. I made the top rope slightly longer so it could hang down the side of the cake like a lasso. I got the idea from a picture I saw online but I changed it somewhat by adding the cowboy hat, sheriff badge, and Woody toy.
The spacing of "Happy Birthday" was a little off, but no one seemed to mind.
This Homemade Cowboy Bandana Birthday Cake is a very simple, but "Cool" cake that I made for my 4 year-old son's cowboy birthday party. The cake was made to resemble the paisley pattern on the red handkerchiefs that cowboys wear around their necks. It is a 14" round 2-layered cake with white buttercream icing between the layers. I also spread buttercream icing on the sides and top of the cake to give the fondant something to stick to and it tastes better than fondant alone.
I covered the cake with red fondant icing (I usually use Wilton's recipe for marshmallow fondant) and cut out the white fondant paisley shapes with leaf shaped cookie cutters purchased at Michael's. I traced the Sheriff badge onto white fondant and brushed it lightly with an edible yellow pearl dust, which gave it a shimmery effect. I just happened to have the dust leftover from some wedding mints that I made for my sister. You could just as easily make some yellow tinted fondant and trace the badge onto that.
The cowboy hat was molded with the leftover white fondant and I piped a hat band and my son's name on the badge with black piping gel.Lastly, dots of white buttercream icing are piped around the paisley designs and a border was piped around the bottom for a complete and finished look.
This design is great for cake decorating beginners, which is what I consider myself, so if I can do it, you can too!