So I wanted to make a special cake for my son’s third birthday party. My mom always made over-the-top cakes when we were kids, so I wanted to carry on the tradition. My son obsessed with Peppa Pig. He calls me “Mommy Pig” and daddy “Daddy Pig”. I looked for inspiration on Pinterest for Peppa Pig or George Pig cakes and he grew increasingly excited.
He couldn’t choose between Peppa or George, so I told him it would be a surprise. And so, our George Pig Cake was conceived.
Shhhh…don’t spill my secrets.
I started off by sketching my ideas. I needed three Fun-fetti cake mixes and four containers of Whipped White Frosting. Yes, I cheated and didn’t make my cake from scratch. But, the funny thing is, my son’s grandfather, who doesn’t like cake, liked it. We’ll just keep the store-bought mix secret to ourselves ;).
Forming the Shape
This cake had two layers (with frosting in between of course!). I used two cake mixes to make two 9-inch round two-layer cakes. And one cake mix to make an 8-inch round two-layer cake. I used one 9-inch cake for the head and the other for the snout, nose, and boots. I made my own templates by drawing onto wax paper. I cut the templates out, placed them on the cake, and traced them with a knife. I used the 8-inch cake for the body, cutting a little off of the top so that they fit together.
Perfection in Progress
You can see my template here in this picture. (I made a couple mistakes in drawing…). Heh, it’s only a template! Anyway, I colored the frosting with gel icing coloring. I used rose for George’s head, teal for his body…
Pfftt…Who Needs Fondant?
And red for his boots. A generous amount of frosting was used. I made a nice crumb coat and then put the whole cake in the freezer for 20 to 30 minutes. When I took it out, I was able to make the frosting look nice and smooth. It looked great! Why bother with fondant?
And Now for our Feature Presentation
I bought a couple pre-made gel icings; green for the dinosaur, black to outline the boots and for eyes, blue to outline the body, and dark pink for George’s facial features. I piped a tail and arms out of the pink frosting I had previously made. And white frosting for the eyes. Wellll-laa! Ladies and Gentlemen, I present to you George Pig!
The rest was, you know, just personalization. I found some matching sprinkle letters. My son was estatic! I had to snap a picture before it was gone forever…