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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!

 

-Xiaolu

 

My friend's guinea pigs

 

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The cakes I found for inspiration

 

 

 

post #2 of 8

What a cute idea for a cake! When I made my mother's dog for her birthday I used thin pieces of fondant, gray and white, then blended them together using a sculpting tool to get the look of her fur. Maybe something like that would work for you.

 

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post #3 of 8

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--

 

http://www.starwest-botanicals.com/product/1-tea-strainer.html?utm_source=froogle&utm_medium=feed&gclid=CKud8PzWmLUCFQaCnQoddCsAPw#tabs

 

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

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post #4 of 8
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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.

post #5 of 8

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. 

post #6 of 8

Carla,

 

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!

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post #7 of 8
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Thanks, Carla!

 

And I agree with K8memphis that your cake is awesome!

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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!

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