This Bengal Tiger cake is not something I would recommend for a beginner when it comes to using a piping bag. I saw an image of an extremely similar cake on the internet and decided it was something I could definetly do, especially since my 3 year old had been telling me for almost a year she wanted a Bengal tiger cake. For the cake itself you need 3 20cm round cakes stacked on top of each other. I used marble cakes with chocolate flavored brown sections, orange flavored orange sections and vanilla flavored white sections. I layered these together with a vanilla mascarpone.
To ice the cake I first put the thinnest possible layer of rolled fondant over the entire cake using melted apricot jam as the securing agent. Once this had started to dry I outlined the different colored sections and strips etc on the cake using powdered food coloring with a drop of vodka and a paintbrush (it could also be done using an edible pen).
To put the design on the cake I made up a simple butter cream. You need 4 colors, orange, black, white and pink. To pipe the details I used a closed star nozzle, and a small round nozzle. The first details that I put on the cake were all the black sections using the round nozzle including the side details. I then put on all the white details using the round nozzle (this included the whiskery details) and paint brush to help spread the icing in some spots. Thirdly added the pink nose. Lastly using the closed star and round nozzle as necessary I filled in the rest of the cake using the orange icing. The end result one much loved Bengal tiger.