Hi all! My good friend E has a birthday coming up, and she'd love a cake made to look like one of her 6 guinea pigs (photo of some of them attached below). I've looked at all guinea pig cake photos I can find on Google image search and I've found a few similar to what I'd like to make but no guidance is provided with any of those (photos uploaded below as well).
Does anyone have tips/suggestions for making a guinea pig cake? I think the furrier ones are way cuter, so I'm going to make one with fur. Haven't even decided if I should go for buttercream frosting or fondant for the fur. Buttercream has great texture but I don't want it to look messy and detract from the whole. On the other hand, I don't simply want to do color cutouts for fondant and draw a few lines to suggest fur. I want the texture to be good. The Pirate Guinea Pig cake inspiration photo below makes up for the minimal texturing of the fondant with blended colors. Unfortunately, I don't have an airbrush so I think I'll need to add in more raised texture.
Thanks in advance for any help!
My friend's guinea pigs
The cakes I found for inspiration
aww how cute!
i would do blackie with the pink & black nose--
you could get that white and black fur by dusting the black 'fur' with powdered sugar
put the sugar in a tea strainer and tap the side gently with one finger--you could get that effect--or any small strainer--
and with real small scissors you could snip fondant fur
or pipe it with a grass tube then overpipe with a real small tube to make it whispier
Thanks to you both!
@CarlaG -- could you please tell me what sculpting tool would be used to create the fur texture? I've never done anything like this before, so I really would have no idea where to start looking =D.
It's the Wilton Veining Tool. Just Google it in images and you'll see it. Actually, anything with a tapered end would work...like a bamboo skewer.
that cake is so well done
is that a shih tzu?? by any chance??
if my dog in my avatar had his bangs cut he would look just like that--only brown ;)
awesome job on the fur and very cool cake--your Mom was happy!
And I agree with K8memphis that your cake is awesome!
Oh my gosh! I'm so honored by the compliment! That cake was a last minute, crunch time, throw together kind of cake since I didn't think I was going to be able to make the trip in time. And yes, mom's favorite child is my little sister Ellie, the shih tzu. LOL! I've noticed your avatar...too cute!