I needed to make a birthday cake for a girl who wanted a dog theme. I gathered ideas from various sites, especially this one where someone posted a Dalmatian cake in a dog bowl. I was attempting to make a collie cake so I used orange, brown, and white frosting (the brown was chocolate).
Using the William-Sonoma Build-a-Bear cake pan (already discontinued!) I made the dog by cutting off the ears and tail and then adding on dog ears, a snout extension, and a long skinny tail using home-made gum paste (mmf with gum-tex mixed in.) I smoothed the frosting on the snout/face and did the rest of the dog with the hair/grass tip.
The dog bowl was done with a layer cake (I used the same dense pound cake recipe that came with the bear pan so it could adequately support the dog), tapered, and frosted blue. I made the rim of the bowl with built-up frosting and smoothed it all with a Viva paper towel. The dog prints and writing were piped on with chocolate buttercream frosting.
The Dog In Bowl Birthday Cake itself sat on covered cardboard, which I placed on 5 wooden dowels inserted into the dog bowl. (The final assembly was done on site so that it wouldn’t topple in the car.) Then using the chocolate frosting to help it stick, I put Cocoa Puffs cereal in the bowl as kibble. I also used the Cocoa Puffs around the bottom of the dog bowl cake to “finish” it.
As if for inspiration for his birthday cake, my soon to be two year old, colored our WHITE dog BLUE with permanent marker. That answered the question as to what his birthday theme would be.
I had seen a Wilson's cake that was a safari theme with animals all around it and I knew this would work for a dog birthday cake. A few days before the party, I used the cookies recipe used for "cookie bouquets" that I found at allrecipes.com to make a bunch of dog cutouts. I used royal frosting to decorate the dogs so that they would dry quickly. (One white dog is decorated with blue to match our own pup.)
For the cake, I used a white cake mix. I made two 9" cakes and 2 8" cakes with strawberry filling between the layers. I iced each with buttercream frosting with green or blue dye and then stacked the cakes. I had a bit extra of cake mix and frosting, so we made cupcakes and filled those with the strawberry filling too (use a pastry bag and smaller tip through the top of the cupcake. Then cover the hole with frosting).
About 1 hour before the party, I placed the dogs around the cake with the dog house, with my son's name on it, at the top of the cake. It was a HUGE success. And it much have tasted great too. I didn't have ANY left!