At the end of January a lady asked me to make a cake for her daughter based on her dog. I am quite rubbish with dogs so I can’t tell you what kind of dog it was but she supplied me with a few photos to create a model. Here is the finished cake…

The cake itself was an 8 inch round cake on and 11 inch board. For the board I swirled pink and white icing to create a pattern for the cake to sit on. I have to admit that for the bones and the dog bowl I used some moulds from one of my nephews modelling sets, don’t worry I washed them before I used them. It was quite tricky to use these as the icing had a tendency to get stuck but I used a large paintbrush to get corn flour into the moulds which helped with this problem.

The thing I was most worried about what creating a realistic version of the ladies dog, but when I saw the look on the ladies face when she came to collect it I knew that it looked ok. I made the dog out of gumpaste and once it had dried painted it with food colouring. Above is a picture before I painted it as the camera didn’t pick all the detail on the nose. This was a great cake to do and really made me test my modelling skills, but I was really happy with the result.