|Posted by Donna on March 9, 2012 at 12:35 AM|
I am going to begin my blog today with a discIaimer. I am by no means a professional cake decorator. Just an average woman who likes to try new things. I have always had an interest in cake decorating, but could never afford to take the class. I just decided to try my hand at it and like I have said before, I am ok at lots of things, but not a master of anything. I began really trying to decorate cakes about a year and a half ago. I mostly just make cakes for friends and family because I don't feel like I should charge people for something they may not like. It is hard to complain if you are getting something for free. I would just die if I made a cake and someone hated it.......Seriously, I would cry.
So this is my way of enjoying my hobby and doing something for someone I love. So having said all that, try making this cake. You will never know unless you try if you may be good at something and even if you are not good at it, it still may be fun!!
Today I am making a cake for my pastor's daughter. She wanted a puppy cake and this is my attempt at it. I tried to think of things that might make the general shape and came up with the idea of using my heart shaped pans (I picked these up at the local Salvation Army store for $1.99 for all 3 pans). I know my cheapness is showing again. I think this worked out really well. See what you think!
1. Bake your cake in 3 heart shaped pans that increase in size (small, medium and large).
2. After your cakes have cooled, take your largest cake and turn the cake till the point of the heart is up.
3. Take your medium cake and cut it in half and place each half on the side of the largest heart. This will make the ears.
4. Then place your small heart (point end up) on top of the largest heart. This will make the nose.
5. Then crumb coat your cake or as Buddy says on Cake Boss, "dirty ice..." Crumb coating is just a thin layer of icing to keep the crumbs sealed in. I also use the icing at this point to "glue" the medium heart (ears) on and stick the small heart (nose) on.
6. If you notice above, I took a tooth pick and drew where I wanted the eyes to go and spot for a small tuft of fur that I wanted a different color.
7. Next I take tip #3 or 4 and outline the ears, nose, eyes and where the small tuft of hair in the middle is. I outlined it with black icing.
8. Then use the same tip to fill in the nose. Don't foget to put a few little freckles by this nose.
9. I use a grass tip #233 to begin all the areas that I want to be white. It is really an easy technique. Just slightly squeeze and gently pull at the same time. I think it looks like fur....?
10. Do the same thing with the brown. This is a pretty forgiving technique. You can start any where. After you are finished, take a good look over it and see if you missed any places and just fill in.
11. Don't forget to fill in his tongue. I just made up a little tiny bit of red icing and used an artist brush to fill in his tongue.
The finished product.
Believe me I am not expert, but this is what I came up with and I think it is a cute little puppy. Hope little Reagan likes it too. Hope you all give this a try.
And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men;