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Sculpted Dog Cake

with Elisa Strauss
Sculpted Dog Cake
Every dog has its day, so make your next celebration truly fetching with cake designer Elisa Strauss!

Unleash your creativity with this Craftsy class from famed cake designer and author Elisa Strauss. Sculpt a 3-D cake of any breed of dog or cute furry creature you’d like. With Elisa’s help, if you can dream it, you can build it. Elisa will guide you through the process as you stack and carve your cake, adding in support and details along the way. Learn how to personalize your pooch by adding textured fondant "fur," facial features and a collar with personalized dog tags. Elisa even includes her own recipes to make a cake your friends and clients will love for their next birthday party, as a groom’s cake on their special day, or for any occasion to honor a dog lover!

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Lesson plan


Lesson 1. Introduction & Templates

  • Meet your instructor, Elisa Strauss, and learn about the templates you will be using to construct your sculpted dog cake.


Lesson 2. Sugar Decorations

  • Your canine cake creation starts with the making of a personalized dog tag made out of sugar, of course!


Lesson 3. Building the Dog Body & Head

  • Learn to stack the body and add support into your cake as you build your pup from the tail up. Elisa takes you step by step through the process of creating the head, too.


Lesson 4. Sculpting the Body

  • Shape the hind legs and torso as you carve in the details and add even more support.


Lesson 5. Sculpting the Head

  • It's time to shape the head and add the details that will come through after you cover the head in fondant. Elisa shows you how to crumb coat this unique shape.


Lesson 6. Customizing Fur

  • The fur will be flying as Elisa demonstrates how to recreate the coats of a number of breeds, including Dalmatian, Chinese crested, Pomeranian and of course Labradoodle.


Lesson 7. Covering the Head in Fondant

  • Learn how to texture and then drape the fondant over the sculpted head and seal in the cake to maximize moistness.


Lesson 8. Covering the Body in Fondant

  • Elisa will demonstrate how to wrap the body in fondant, blend the seams and cover the top.


Lesson 9. Assembling the Cake

  • Follow Elisa’s step-by-step approach to assembly, add legs, attach the head and add even more textured fur detailing, and your cake will be sitting up — and staying — in no time.


Lesson 10. The Final Details

  • Your cake really comes alive as you add the nose, mouth and eyes, use dust to bring out the textured details and add shading, create the collar and add fluffy ears and a tail.

"I loved this entire class....the instruction was superb! I learned lots of little tricks from Elisa and it was worth every penny. ... 5-Stars on this course for sure!"
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Nova Scotia, Canada

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