I made this Puppy Birthday Cake for a friend’s daughter for her 4th birthday. She had chosen dog-themed party supplies, but couldn’t find a cake, so she asked me to make one. I searched the internet trying to find ideas, and I came across a picture of a Yorkie that inspired me (although I chose not to do it black & brown).
I built the cake from a 13×9, a football cake, and a 6 inch round. I froze the cakes to make them easier to carve, then went to stacking. First, I cut off the ends and shaved down the sides of the football cake (made with a Wilson football pan), then stacked it in the middle of the 13×9.
From there I carved around the edges of the 13×9 to make the legs and snout. Finally I cut off about a third of the 6″ round and placed it upright on top of the “snout” to make the face. I crumb coated the whole thing and put it in the fridge to set up.
Then I colored my icing brown and went to work on the “hair”. After trying out several different tips, I went with a #16 star tip, and just piped long strings of icing all over her body. It was actually kind of fun, because unlike most of my cakes, I didn’t have to worry about it being perfect.
I made her eyes and nose from black fondant, and the bow from blue fondant. I lucked up, because it turns out the birthday girl’s favorite color is blue! This cake was a design challenge, but such fun to make. I love how she seems to have a personality!