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Coolest Border Collie Cake 75

by Emily S.
(Wanaka, New Zealand)

Homemade Border Collie Cake

Homemade Border Collie Cake

My partner Matt loves his avalanche dog Blizzid and I thought a border collie Blizzid cake would be perfect for his 40th birthday party, novelty cakes aren't just for kids! I googled 'Border Collie cakes' and didn't find much, so here's one for any border collie enthusiasts out there!

I used a 'panda/pig/cat' cake tin (but could have used a plain round tin) and baked a standard chocolate cake in it, and had enough cake mixture to bake a regular round cake as well. First I made a large quantity of buttercream icing and dyed it black with black gel food coloring (from a cake website, not supermarket stuff that doesn't make it really black). I cut 'ears' from the 'extra' round cake, used two layers and plastered them together using icing. I covered the entire cake/ears with black icing using a spatula. Royal icing of thick consistency was piped in layers to make the the 'snout'. I piped the 'blaze' from top of head first, down to the snout, peaking the icing to look like dog hair, then piped icing down around throat area. The nose was made using ready-made fondant icing, mixed with black food gel colouring, and carefully shaped (copied a photo so anatomically correct!).

The tongue was made with ready-made icing mixed with pink food colour gel, moulded to shape. Lenses from a broken pair of sunglasses were used to make the 'doggles'. Tiny piping bags made from greaseproof paper were used to pipe around the lenses, and to pipe white streaks onto the ears (royal icing watered down so slightly runny) and black whiskers/dots (runny royal icing dyed black). He was stoked and it tasted great!

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Coolest Pug Dog Cake 108

by Jodie
(London, UK)

Homemade Pug Dog Cake

Homemade Pug Dog Cake

I made this Pug Dog cake as a belated birthday present to myself. I adore pugs but getting my own one is a long way away as I'm about to start graduate school. This cake is very easy and I imagine can be modified for any kind of dog.

I used a 4-egg sponge recipe and divided the mixture between a Pyrex measuring jug (the head) and a loaf tin (the body). I baked it at Gas Mark 4 (approx 350F) for 50 and 60 minutes respectively. Once it was done, I filed the head to make it flatter on one side, so it could be attached more easily. I cut the loaf in half so I could put jam and butter cream in the middle, Victoria sponge style.

I bought a pack of ready-to-roll icing and colored it using a mixture of ivory, yellow and black gel food coloring. I covered the cake in apricot glaze (apricot jam heated with a little hot water) then covered it with the rolled icing. I placed the body on homemade brownie paws.

After decorating the head, I attached it to the body with skewers. The eyes are Galaxy Minstrels, the dog food is broken Minstels with butter cream, the bone is more rolled icing and the collar is strawberry laces.

A more experienced cake artist than me would probably be able to replicate a pug's wrinkles better, but I'm happy with the first attempt! Plus, he is delicious!

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