My husband went to Gonzaga Law school in Spokane, Washington (many years ago) so he really wanted a cake that depicted their mascot - the Gonzaga Bulldogs Cake. I looked and looked for a cake for an example but couldn't find any. So, I check out the schools web page for a good logo. I decided on this one.
I made a 11x15 cake and then put the blown up pattern on top and carved out the shape. Then, I used buttercream frosting and worked for quite a while on the colors but I think they are fairly close to the original. After setting aside a cup of white frosting, I covered it all in a layer of the gray blue and then tinted the remainder for the darker outlining. I was trying to do the pin-prick method but it just wouldn't work so I had to draw the lines freehand. My hand was a bit shaky and I flubbed with the GU but I think that the rest of it (the dog) actually turned out fairly good. I finished with the red collar and red outlining.
All at the party thought it was really close to my original and my hubby was very pleased that I made something so personal for him!
This Doghouse Birthday Cake was my son Jack's first birthday cake. I wanted it to be something really special so I did the theme of what he loves most, our dogs! I couldn't find any ideas that were just right and then I came up with this!
It is all BC frosting with fondant dogs and graham cracker house. Yes, I even added dog poop! It was my first time using fondant and it was fun making the dogs. I attached the dog parts together with regular BC, (I know I should have used royal but I didn't want to make another icing batch, but it still stuck together).
Same with the dog house. Icing the cakes didn't turn out as well as I would have hoped. With trying to get darker colors it seemed to make the frosting gritty looking and I had issues trying to get the frosting smooth enough. But with creative detailing, I was able to hide most of the imperfections.
This was also my first time stacking cakes with dowel rods. Not bad for my first cake! Each year I hope to get better and better!
My daughter asked for a "Doggy Paw Cake" for her 3rd Birthday so I made a 9 inch round cake, sliced it in half, filled it with a whipped and cherry filling, iced the sides in buttercream and piped "green grass" also buttercream on the top and the trim at the bottom is buttercream.
For the Doggy, food, bowl, water bowl, ball, and paw prints I made some marshmallow fondant (you can find the instructions online, it's very simple). I tinted the fondant brown, red, blue, green, and black. I then shaped the fondant until I got a dog that I thought was okay (you can find a very good video for this online as well). I made a small circle about the size of a nickle and the width of two put together then pressed my finger in the middle to make the food and water bowls. I made the food from brown fondant and the water from blue and placed those in the bowls. I just guessed on the paw prints and placed them where I thought they looked good.