Impress guests with this birthday cake with an animal motif and edible flowers. It is the ideal centerpiece cake for a kids’ celebration. Here is the step-by-step guide to make Animal Cakes and some tips to decorate them by yourself. Let’s explored with cakepluss.com.
How to make Animal Cakes in 5 Steps? Step-by-step Guide
- 450g salted butter at room temperature and an additional 450g caster sugar for the tin
- 8 beaten eggs
- Self-raising flour 450 grams
- Vanilla extract, 1 teaspoon
- 300g of any fruit curd (we used passion fruit)
For the buttercream and embellishments:
- 450 grams of softened unsalted butter
- 900g of sifted icing sugar
- White chocolate 80 grams
- 3 cones of waffle ice cream
- Color-changing sprinkles
- Your choice of food coloring gels (we chose ivory, gold, and dark red)
- 100 grams of fondant icing in the color of your choosing (we selected black);
- Candles and edible flowers are optional.
2. The instructions of making Animal Cakes:
- Step 1:
The oven should be heated to 180°C/160°F/gas 4. Two deep 20cm cake pans with buttery sides and bottoms are lined with two layers of baking parchment. Using an electric whisk or a stand mixer, pale-fy the butter and sugar. If it splits, slowly add the egg and a tablespoon of flour. The remaining flour should be sifted in after the vanilla. Utilizing a large metal spoon, fold in. Bake for 50–55 minutes, or until a skewer inserted into the centers of the Animal Cakes emerges clean. Divide the batter between the tins. After 15 minutes, cool completely in the tins by inverting them onto wire racks.
- Step 2:
Each Animal Cakes should be split in half through the equator using a serrated knife. Even out the tops. Place the first layer of cake on a board or stand, top with a third of the curd, then go back and forth twice, sandwiching the final layer of cake.
- Step 3:
Beat the butter in a stand mixer or with an electric whisk to make the buttercream. Three times, add the icing sugar, and whisk to incorporate completely. To make it smooth and spreadable, add 1-2 tablespoons of water. Using a palette knife, apply a thin coating of buttercream to the cake’s top and sides. until hard, chill for 30 minutes.
- Step 4:
While waiting, melt the white chocolate in a microwave for brief intervals or in a heatproof bowl set over a pot of simmering water. After it has slightly cooled, cover the waffle cones’ exteriors with it. One of the cones should be entirely covered in sprinkles after being rolled in them from a shallow dish. Place all three on a baking sheet covered with parchment paper, then refrigerate until solid.
- Step 5:
The majority of the remaining buttercream should be spread over the Animal Cakes using a palette knife. Choose your preferred food coloring gels and divide the remaining ingredients among small bowls. Spoon into piping bags with various piping nozzles attached. Make the animal’s eyes, nose, and mouth out of fondant icing, then attach it to the front of the cake.
To create hair, pipe buttercream strands and swirls on top. The sprinkle-coated cone for a hat should be placed on top. Attach the plain waffle cones to the side, sharp ends facing inward, to create ears. Decorative candles and edible flowers are optional. Will remain refrigerated for three days at most.
Some Tips to Draw on the Animal Cakes based on your favourite:
1. To decorate a cake with an animal, use gel food colors.
Use the same gels that you would for buttercream coloring. Squeezing a few drops onto a plate or palette and adding a few drops of vodka or another clear alcoholic beverage or clear flavor extract makes them simple to utilize. Add white icing color to the gel to create a pastel hue.
Prior to painting your animal on the icing, chill your ∫ in the refrigerator for at least an hour to firm up the frosting. For extremely strong colors, like this brown, use primarily gel with a very small amount of vodka added. For lighter shades with thinner coverage, simply add more vodka to thin out the color.
2. To decorate a cake with an animal, use buttercream.
You’ll also need a paintbrush, an offset spatula, or a palette knife if you want to spread a few different shades of buttercream across a plate. Cut out the shape you want to paint onto your Animal Cakes (either from a sketch you’ve done or an image you’ve printed), then chill the frosted cake for an hour in the refrigerator to set the frosting. To outline the animal on the frosted cake, trace its contour with a toothpick.
Then, using buttercream, paint the shape as you would with acrylic paints. To stay inside the boundaries of the shape you sketched, a thin paintbrush can be beneficial for features like a trunk or tail.
3. Use any piping tip to create an animal on a Animal Cakes!
Start by outlining your shape using a cookie cutter or, like I did with the elephant in the previous technique, scoring the outline into the frosting with a toothpick. Next, use a frosting piping tip to fill in the shape’s contour.
In order to ensure that the outline of the animal is distinct and easy to identify, use a piping tip that is small enough to keep inside the contour, especially around the minor elements like the feet and ears. Sprinkles are a simple and colorful way to add color and detail for a quick accent.
4. To add a lot more detail to your animal, spread, pipe, and paint it.
Even if the frosting on your Animal Cakes is textured, like this pink frosting, start by putting on some icing for the face to create a smooth surface.
Use any piping tip to apply it on the fur. For this llama’s unusually long, shaggy fur, you could pick a grass tip. I’m piping little stars and rosette swirls with a 1M star tip. The pattern will be increasingly intricate and intriguing as you add more colors and textures.
Add frosting embellishments like ears by piping, spreading, or doing both! For these ears, I spread the pink frosting first, and then I piped the white fur around them using a medium round tip and a small palette knife (or an offset spatula).