I have to do a dog cake - a golden doodle I have done a laying one cocker which was pretty easy but the golden doodle is more slender and the hair is differant --- any ideas?
When I do an animal, I try to achieve the basic outline of his body with modeling chocolate, then use my dresden tool and various other pointed tools to create the hair in the appropriate pattern.
i like sandra's method -- also if you were gonna pipe the fur-- i think i'd try a round tube and a grass tube and a smooth towel all folded up so i could pat down some of the icing lines as needed -- and i'd have a pearl head pin ready to help imprint --
some people would extrude fondant into spaghetti shape to use -- seems pretty tedious to me though
Oh yes, I love the animal cakes with piped fur. I've only done one and thought my hand was going to fall off!
I like this idea but it is going to be eating by mostly little children and they are expecting an icing cake I only worked with modeling chocolate at the Wilton school before I was an instructor THe dog is beautiful -- now tonight I got thrown with another wrinkle -- she wants it wo be wearing the halloween pumpkin costume like they bought for the real dog! Oh my!
that kinda makes doing the fur easier though-- at least it's a lot less -- and it gets you way past the correct body shape! I'm picturing him laying/sitting in a pumpkin patch amongst kindred spirits, a few little cupcake pumpkins perhaps -- even if the board is a field and you just pipe a few pumpkins and some tendrils for effect -- just a thought
I agree that the pumpkin costume might make it easier. I do hope you are charging well for this job! Sounds challenging!
Not charging at all! THis is for my 10 year old granddaughter WHen I stopped doing cakes professionally I told my 3 grandchildren they could always have a special cake for their birthday. THey have alot of fun dreaming of cakes for me to do -- one year my grandson wanted Jimmy Johnsons race car crashing into a wall! THat took awhile getting all the decals on his car just perfect -- THen one year my granddaughter wanted a Dora cake taller than she was! Then the next year she was into bubble guppies - cartoon so she wanted bubbble guppies with a live fish in the cake! Her paresnt had a fit about that one! After that every year --No live animals please!!!!!
That explains it! We do a lot of crazy for family! I bet those kids spend all year trying to dream up a challenge for grandma!
Not knowing how the pumpkin costume looks, I visual a round or pumpkin shaped cake (I actually have a 3D pumpkin cake pan, lol) with the head, legs, and tail sticking out, made of Rice Krispy Treats covered in modeling chocolate. It would also be very cute as a 2D with the fur piped. I hope she doesn't decide she wants the dog to walk!
THe only thing Im having trouble deciding --which tip to use for the fur? goldendoodles fur is curley -- shall I use the grass tip? can you suggest another?
sounds awesome to have that sweet challenge three times a year! and capital "c" challenge it is! very creative those g'kidlettes -- takin after g'ma of course!
grass tip but there are tips with five, three and two holes in a line too -- you gotta provide the curly-ness
I would try using the grass tip and sort of curling it around as you pipe. Might have to tap down the points when done.