We found this cute marzipan (almond paste) dog at a local chocolatier. The figure resembled our own family pet, so we had to find some way to use it. The idea for this dog house cake came from Wilton’s stand-up house pan.
Although the directions say the pan is sized for a single cake mix, I recommend using one and a half. Since the resulting cake isn’t very steady, we cut into several 2-inch layers, filling each with alternating layers of chocolate and vanilla buttercream. The bone was made by shaping and baking refrigerated crescent roll dough, then brushing it with corn syrup when removed from the oven. A sugar cookie or fondant shape would probably have worked better, though.
We shared the finished cake with the staff at our dog’s veterinary clinic, who have become as much a part of our family as our pets. Another fun idea is to throw an adoption “shower” for families taking home their first puppy.
I used a Wilton lamb cake pan to make this Dog Birthday Cake. I made a chocolate Duncan Hines cake mix and used homemade buttercream frosting to decorate it. I used a star tip for all the fur, and melted chocolate for his eyes, nose and mouth.
Scout is a Maltese mix. I think I captured what he looks like fairly well. Scout will be four this year. I'm going to make him a cake, but it won't be like this one. I did have fun making this cake. Instructions for baking with a molded cake pan are included when you buy it, but I will say it's best to really coat the pan well with non-stick spray so the cake won't stick.
I have 31 years experience in cake decorating, but you don't have to be as well trained to do a cake like this one. Using the star tip makes it easy. I hope you like my cake.
The base of this Dog Birthday Cake is the Wilton 3-D Lamb Cake Pan. The 3 visible paws are Hostess Twinkies which were cut almost in half for each paw. The tail is a licorice rope. I iced everything with pre-made Betty Crocker Chocolate frosting. I piped it on with a "grass" tip.
I started from the bottom and worked my way to the top of the cake to make sure the "hair" overlapped nicely. The eyes and nose are simply Junior Mints and the the mouth and collar are red licorice. The dog tag is a chocolate coin.
*Note, the pre-made frosting didn't hold up very well when it got warm. A cake decorating quality frosting would have been a better choice.
I had a ton of compliments on this cake and even had strangers at the birthday venue approaching me to simply ask if they could take a picture! It was a real hit.
My friend asked me to make her 1 year old a dog birthday cake. At the party one of the older girls cried when they cut the cake as she thought it was real.
I used number 233 nozzle with a piping bag and milk chocolate Betty Crocker icing for the fur, white chocolate buds for the eyes and red fondant for the tongue and black writing icing for the black of eyes, nose and mouth.
I used a log tin for the body, and one to carve out the legs and arms cutting it into 4 (half and length ways), and a 8 inch and carved out the head and ears (ears are attached). I put skewers through the top of the head to secure it to the body.