I made this Kung Zhu Hamster Birthday Cake for my nephew's 6th birthday. It was a last minute favor for my sister. I was originally going to use buttercream, but I decided to use fondant for the first time on this cake. Since Kung Zhu hamsters are new to the market, it was hard to find an inspiration cake online. So my sister and I put our heads together, and she came up with an egg-shaped template, and we built it up from there.
The bottom tier is a double-layer 10 inch round butter flavor yellow cake with chocolate frosting and orange buttercream piping. The hamster is also yellow cake with a coat of buttercream, and covered with Wilton's store bought fondant. I made the ears, nose, and tail out of fondant, and the cheeks and whiskers are buttercream. I had trouble with the fondant though, since I had to have the air conditioner on in the kitchen, or else it would get too hot. I had to work quickly since the fondant was drying out very fast. In the future I will make sure my cake is nice and smooth before applying the fondant, as every imperfection in the surface will show up under the fondant.
Also, I have tried many types of cakes, and I really love the way that butter instead oil makes the cake very moist, and it seems to be a little bit "sturdier" when moving the cake (from pan to cooling rack, to cake plate) or just in general when working with the cake.
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My son is gerbil mad, and for his 10th birthday he thought he would challenge me by asking for a Homemade Gerbil Birthday Cake. I thought about it for a bit and then I got to work!
I decided to make the gerbils out of icing. I used white icing and coloured it brown with coco powder. I used a bit of white icing for the nose and black for the eyes. I made one large gerbil, one gerbil face, and one gerbil bottom. I scratched the icing with a knife to make it look more like fur. The cake is just a normal sponge cake, cooked in a square tin. I made one cake and then sliced it in half horizontally and sandwiched it back together with a bit of butter icing in between. I spooned out two shallow holes in the top layer and covered the whole cake in butter icing, then I stuck white chocolate fingers around the outside (I used 3 boxes!).
I grated a large bar of white chocolate and covered the top of the cake with this to make it look like the sawdust that the gerbils like to bury themselves in. I placed the whole gerbil on top, and positioned the gerbil head the gerbil bottom on the cake so it looked like they were coming out of a sawdust tunnel. I even scattered over a few chocolate sprinkles for gerbil poo!