I recently had the pleasure of doing 2 cakes for a Volunteer Appreciation event for our local SPCA. I was asked to do a dog themed cake & a cat themed cake. I’ve never done an animal themed cake, but I love a challenge!
After doing some brainstorming, I decided on spring themed cakes, incorporating dog themes on one and cat themes on the other.
All of the accessories on these cakes were made out of fondant & gum paste. I learned how to make the dogs by watching this tutorial – http://cake-decorating.wonderhowto.com/how-to/make-dog-out-fondant-for-cake-decorating-214441/
I learned how to make the cats from a tutorial on the Wilton website. You can find that here: http://www.wilton.com/3D/ideas/idea.cfm?alias=Cat
The animals were much easier to make than I had anticipated. Despite that, they still took about an hour each! The end result was certainly worth it and I’m very proud of them.
To make the food bowls, I rolled a grey ball of fondant and then used the Wilton ball tool to make an indent. I then used Duff’s edible silver spray to give the bowls a metallic look. For the food, I rolled tiny piece of brown fondant. For the water, I had initially done a corn syrup & blue dye blend but once I put them on the cake I was worried that they might spill during transport. Instead, I mixed in some of the blue icing that I had used for the lettering and I was still happy with how they turned out.
The ladybugs, caterpillar, mice & bones were made without the use of tutorials. I am sure that tutorials exist for these, but if you’re having trouble finding them I’ll give you the step by step instructions.
One of the cakes was a vanilla bean cake filled and covered with a vanilla bean buttercream. The other cake is a chocolate cake that was filled with a coconut cream, and covered in buttercream.
I’m so happy with how these turned out!