I’m sooo excited about how this turned out!
My daughter A loves pugs so I thought I would surprise her with a special pug cake for her 9th birthday. Like I usually do, I trolled the internet for ideas on a simple way to make a realistic looking pug. What ever did we do before Pinterest, Instagram and my wonderful friend Mr. Google?
I was feeding a crowd of about 28 people so I needed a cake bigger than a regular round pan. I baked a double recipe of banana cake and baked a 9″ x 13″ cake, a 9″ round cake and 8 x 8″ square cake. I didn’t need the square cake for what I was doing but I had extra batter. I figured since I was using fondant to decorate the cake (and not everyone likes fondant) I could ice the square cake for a back up. It certainly didn’t go to waste!
I placed the cooled round cake on the larger cake one and made a cream cheese icing that I used as a crumb coat over the whole cake. Sorry, I forget to take pictures I was so focused! I then used some long pieces of rolled fondant and placed it on the round cake to help create and shape the folds of the pug’s face.
Using my fingers I carefully shaped the fondant around the ‘wrinkles’. I used my Wilton gel colours to create the brown for the ears, eyes, nose and rest of the face. Finally, I little bit of pink for the tongue and the face took shape. I then used a little bit of colour on my fingers to help add some dimension in and around the folds. With a little bit of the brown fondant left, I finished it off by placing rolled fondant around the base of the round cake.
The hardest part for me was rolling out a big enough piece of fondant that could cover the whole tiered cake. After a couple of tries I had a piece big enough to drape and start forming.
I think it turned out pretty good. I used my Cricut to cut out a birthday banner that I placed across the cake using two kabob sticks. In keeping with the theme I also cut out little dog-themed tags that we added to the goody bags. She was thrilled! Happy birthday Miss A!