I'm looking (read: hoping) to make a cake shaped like a bull for my father-in-law (stockbroker). A few dilemmas, first, how to make a head that is going to need to lean forward in comparison to the body, and second, how to make horns and get them so that they stay in the aforementioned head, without weighing the head down so much it falls off. ARGH, how do I get myself in to these things?!?!
The horns could be made out of gumpaste or fondant and insert with some kind of stick. The head could be resting on something like a food thing or your father-in-law that would be funny but something sturdy could keep it up.
Welcome to CC!! Depending on how large of a cake you are talking here...you might want to do the head and horns out of RKT! Rice Krispy Treats and then cover it in fondant or even styrofoam. I am not sure how large of an animal you are talking but BIG horns out of something heavy might be a bit of a pain. RKT's are EASY to work with and are light in weight. Form it and frost it and cover in fondant like you would cake and you are done. The rest of the animal could be cake! HTH...Again, Welcome to Cake Central!!
oooh, just what I need, one more excuse to make RKT's. thanks for the great ideas, I'll post a picture when I'm done!
And thanks for the warm welcome... I truly am addicted!