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My Sculpted Dog Cake

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Sculpted Dog Cake taught by Elisa Strauss

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

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Category Cake Decorating
Type Sculpted
Material Fondant
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What are you most proud of? I am a novice cake maker and had never done a sculpted cake before - I was very surprised it worked out ok :)

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What advice would you give someone starting this project? Dont try this in hot weather, use ganache instead of buttercream, try to make your dog as upright as possible as support/balance was an issue.

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Awesome work!! I am from Austrilia too and you are right, no one seems to sell the texture mats yet but I think they are coming to a couple of stores. I had to order my texture mat direct from the USA, I got mine from jennifer Dontz at Sugar Delites, she was fantastic and so helpful, so contact her if you ever need anything from the USA. I am going to try to make this cake next week, I am really nervous, I haven't done anything like this before. Any tips? What fondant did you use? I am trying to decide if I should use fondarific as suggested or would Bakels work ok? Did you use ganache? And you mentioned supports, how did you tackle it? Thanks.. and by the way the latex mask you used did the trick it looks fantastic (and was probably a whole lot cheaper than getting it from the USA.. haha)

08/19/2013 Flag

Hi, sorry for delay... it has been a very busy week!

08/26/2013 Flag

I didnt use ganache (which was a mistake) as I made this for a friend that wasn't really paying me so thought i'd try to save money. It was too soft and i probably had a bit too much between the layers. I use Satin Ice, have just started using Bakels for figurines... Satin Ice tastes really good.

08/26/2013 Flag

I did the supports as directed but had to put in a main one quite early as it was hot in my apartment and the cake was tipping forward. In the end I had to get quite a solid dowel from the hardware and make a hole in a masonite board to insert it.

08/26/2013 Flag

I think I would carve the cakes when they were mostly frozen (if i was to do this again), the softer they are the harder it was. Hope this helps!

08/26/2013 Flag

Oh and I made the head out of a foam ball from a craft shop (as she does in the original you tube video). And I did some research on the dusts you can use - I bought non toxic artists pastels and then shaved them down with a exacto knife.... i think this would be much cheaper than the little pots from the cake shops. I did use a yellow shimmer though on top of this in certain places.

08/26/2013 Flag

Oh and I made the head out of a foam ball from a craft shop (as she does in the original you tube video). And I did some research on the dusts you can use - I bought non toxic artists pastels and then shaved them down with a exacto knife.... i think this would be much cheaper than the little pots from the cake shops. I did use a yellow shimmer though on top of this in certain places.

08/26/2013 Flag