My husband is a taxidermist and an avid hunter. He loved the idea of a deer cake. I make all my kids birthday cakes and I love to make cake where I have to cut the cake into the image.
I first started with two boxes of cake mix and baked in a 1/2 sheet cake pan. Let it cool, then stuck it in the freezer for a few hours to be hard enough to cut and not fall apart (I do this with all the cakes I make, makes carving the cake so easy). So, I printed out a picture of a deer silhouette I found online. I cut it out to make a template then cut around a 1/2 sheet cake.
I then used chocolate frosting to put a crumb layer and put it back into the freezer to harden up. I then mixed cream cheese frosting in with some chocolate to make the lighter buck skin color. Adding more milk chocolate to make shadows. I used a little black to outline the eyes and make the pupil and mouth. I used the cream cheese frosting to use in the white of eyes and on the chest. Using my gloved finger I just pulled the frosting with my finger to make texture of fur.
Deer fur is sleek and just needed a little. If the frosting would get too soft I would set the cake back in the freezer for a little while so I could keep working with it. This is the second deer cake I made in two weeks. This one was my husband's 40th Birthday cake and he absolutely loved it.
I wanted to make a deer/hunting type cake for my brother in law's birthday. I just wasn't sure about doing a 3-d version of a deer. I started this Deer Birthday Cake with a chocolate cake mix and made an 8 inch square cake.
I cut the cake and put a layer of homemade chocolate buttercream frosting in the middle. I put a crumb coat of icing on the cake. Then I took a simple deer picture and outlined the design on wax paper using a small round tip and some of the icing. Then just lay it on the cake and smooth a little, pull it off and the outline of the picture should be there. I then used the same small tip and went back over the outline and filled in the deer using a star tip.
I used black icing gel to darken the chocolate icing for the antlers and mixed in white buttercream to create a lighter brown for the deer. I wanted to try to do the background in camouflage but my green colors were a little too close in color. I just used a large star tip to do a border on the top & bottom of the cake.
I had never tried the image transfer method before this and I have to say it is really easy. I really was happy with how it turned out. This was also my first time making buttercream icing instead of using canned icing and it was really good!