I have a great
obsession with love for dogs; they’re the most loyal, wonderful animals and I can’t wait until I have one of my own. Now when it comes to dogs in cake form, I’ve avoided making one like the plague. One day I knew it would eventually catch up to me…and it finally did. How, you ask?
My father celebrated his birthday Wednesday, but this past weekend we threw him a surprise party. Of course I was tasked with the cake and I had two choices: a ‘Star Trek’ ship or a dog cake in honor of his dog ‘Mutley,’ (or ‘Mutty Mutt’). I had to go with the lesser of two evils (there was no way I was making a ‘Star Trek’ ship…yet).
I’m a big fan of Elisa Strauss of Confetti Cakes so I stayed glued to her dog sculpting video as I made my cake. She, being the expert, carved the dog’s head out of styrofoam, but I couldn’t find styrofoam that’s easy to cut so I used marshmallow treats…not a good idea! Even if you coat it in buttercream to harden, as soon as it thaws that dog head is coming down. That is why the right side of the dog’s face is a little droopy in the photo…and his nose is not quite centered, ha!
Other than that I kind of like him for my first attempt. I love trying out new cake ideas on family because you can work out the kinks.
As the saying goes ‘Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re going to get’…unless you take a bite out of every chocolate in the box to find the ones you like (I know I’m not the only one who does that.)
I wanted to piggyback off the box of chocolates idea, and knew Valentine’s would be the perfect time to recreate it. It’s something I wanted to make last year, but didn’t have time. This year I was determined to bring this idea to life after receiving some inspiration from Rosie of Sweetapolita, who created an amazing depiction of chocolates made out of cake.
Time was a big issue for me (as in I didn’t have any) so I decided to forego carving, stacking and filling cakes and just made the ‘chocolates’ cakeball style. The dark chocolate…’chocolates,’ are covered with dark chocolate ganache and the other ‘chocolates’ are covered with fondant. I wanted to paint the pink heart a shiny red, but I was told pure red luster dust doesn’t exist. There are definitely some other adjustments I would make if I had more time, but this is a good start.