If you know anything about me you would know that I absolutely love dogs. Chances are if you were walking towards me with a dog, I’d be more inclined to say hi to the dog first 🙂
This month with Valentines Day and Chinese New Year (2018 is the year of the dog!) happening at the same time, I thought it was the perfect timing to create a dog themed tutorial.
So here he is, an adorable dog cake topper. You can adapt this topper to a range of dog breeds by just changing the colouring and/or the face a little (maybe add pointy ears or droopy ears). I created the whole topper on a little 4 inch cake board so that it can easily be placed and removed from a cake – making it the perfect keepsake 🙂
You can make this project ahead of time (weeks ahead even!) and then just place it on your cake when you are ready. Simply store it in a cool, dry place and in a breathable box (like a cardboard box). Do not place it inside an airtight container or it will start melting and getting sticky.
Scroll past the video for a list of all the tools and materials I have used in this project. Or if you prefer a printable version, you can download the checklist here.
Adorable Puppy Cake Topper Checklist
Download a printable version here.
Tools and Materials
- Ball tool
- Frilling tool
- Small scissors
- Water brush or paintbrush and water
- Black Edible Art Paint or edible marker (If using gel colour, it will take longer to dry)
- 2 x #1 or #2 rounded paint brush
- Stanley knife blade (optional but makes it easier to cut straight lines)
- Small rolling pin
- 4in round cake cardboard (or you can also cut this out of fondant and allow it to dry hard)
- A teaspoon of piping gel
- Small flat brush (to apply piping gel)
- Feathering tool
- Cornflour/ Corn starch
- Impression mat
- Clay extruder
- Soft flat dusting brush (I recommending using a good quality eyeshadow brush)
- Small weighing scale
I choose my dusts based on the colour and not the brand, so you can use any brand.
- Light grey (CK Products)
- Teal (Crystal Colors)
- Baby pink (Crystal Colors)
Modelling Paste and Fondant
I used modelling paste for the main figurine because it gave me a little more time to rearrange the parts without drying out or cracking. You can also use gum paste or add some CMC/Tylose to fondant. Where ‘fondant’ is listed it is possible (but not necessary) to also use modelling paste or gum paste.
- White Modelling Paste (Saracino modelling paste was used) – approx. 65g:
Head – 20g
Body – 25g
Front legs – 2g each
Back legs – 1.5g each
Ears and tail – 1g each
- Dark teal fondant (collar) – 2g
- Black (eyes and nose) – very small amount
- Light teal fondant (bed) – 100g
- Red fondant – very small amount
- Light orange fondant (carpet) – 50g
- Dark orange fondant (carpet) – 50g
I hope you enjoy this tutorial and as usual, don’t forget to share your work with me. I love seeing it!