I baked a pound cake in a loaf pan (bread pan), two 5 inch round cakes, an 8 inch square cake, and a jumbo cupcake for this Puppy Birthday Cake. I carved the top of the loaf cake into a more rounded shape for the back of the puppy. I put frosting between the two 5 inch round cakes and trimmed off about half of an inch from one side. I stood the cakes on end, right next to the loaf cake, and this became the puppy's head. I then notched out the top a little bit to form a general ear shape. The cupcake was trimmed and became the puppy's snout. From the square cake I cut a tail and four legs. I used dowels to secure the tail, legs, and head to the pound cake.
For decorating I made chocolate buttercream icing. I crumb coated the entire cake and refrigerated it to firm it up. I fitted a piping bag with a #3 round tip and piped long strands of "fur", beginning at the middle and pulling down toward the cake board. I continued over the whole cake, going over the same spots over and over until I got the desired results.
I made eyes, tongue, nose, collar, and puppy toys from rolled fondant.
This Puppy Birthday Cake was made for a little girl that loves stuffed animals.
I started by baking three sheet cakes and one cake in a small stainless bowl. Using two of the sheet cakes, I stacked them placing icing between the layers. I then used a knife to form the shape of the body of the puppy. I used the small cake baked in the mixing bowl for the head. The head was attached by icing. I made a mussel by cutting a small part of the third sheet cake. The legs and the tail were also cut from that third sheet cake attaching with icing.
I used the Wilton grass tip for the fur. The eyes and nose were made by tinting a small amount of icing and adding powdered sugar until formable. I have used Junior Mints in the past for button eyes and they work very well.
The ears were made by stacking the icing. No cake there. I added a collar on the puppy with the child’s name. I just love this little fellow.
This Puppy Birthday Cake was my first 3D cake that I made. It was for my friend's little girl's birthday. My mom had just sent me the pans and I was eager to try one out so I offered to make it for her.
When my mom said to grease and flour the pan I thought...that's how my grandma did it in the days before Pam cooking spray lol. But boy was she right, that didn't work at all. The cake stuck to all the spots in the pan, so the next try was much more successful when I listened to mom.
I greased the pan good with shortening and floured it, poured the batter in and baked it with my fingers crossed. It would work. And when I got it out of the oven flipped it onto the board and there it was with all its parts intact.
It killed me to have to wait for it to cool before I could frost it. But I did and it turned out super cute.