Kaylee turned 10 and she’s been showing pigs in the farm shows the past couple years. Her theme was pigs in shades, she wanted a pig cake, so she got show pigs with style. A delightful pageant of glorious fatty pigginess, with only one winner.
Using the sports ball cake mold, I baked up 3 flavors. 1 cake mix per mold(both halves). These needed to bake for 40 minutes because they are so thick.
I attached 3/4 inch dowel rods to a wooden board. Then, placed the bottom half of ice cream cones with My Cake Frosting, around the bottom of the dowel for the legs. Cutting a hole in the center of each half, slid the cake onto the dowels, placing frosting between the layers and filled in the hole top.
I then, frosted the bodies with cake frosting and smoothed it out as best I could.
I gave each body some spots, used party favor kazoo lips for theirs.
I cut some ears and eyes out of craft foam pieces. Snouts were strawberry marshmallows, and eye lashes and accents out of black frosting.
I found some party favor accessories: rings, ear rings, sun glasses, necklace and crown for the winner.
Created prize ribbons out of craft foam as well.
Topping it off with marshmallow lights around the runway stage.
For the Finishing touch, a pig is not a pig if they don’t have that curly tail. These were created with fun curly birthday candles.
The smurfy-ness of this cake surprises everyone with a smile.
Start with a skeleton, pvc mounted to a piece of plywood.
Form leg, arms and head out of rice treats. Tip: use a ganache or icing on the pvc so the treats have something to adhere to. Icing is used to “dirty ice” the treats and cake so that the fondant will adhere to surfaces.
Use white fondant to make it any color you need. Add frosting tint to your fondant then knead till well blended into even color. Roll to desired thickness and apply to a dirty iced sculpture.
Frequent refrigeration may be required if kitchen is not cold enough, plus it will help in hardening icings to prevent melting and fondant from sliding off.
Be aware that fondant will dry out and needs to be shaped in the exact form required, because it will become brittle and break apart. Frustrating lessons learned from this fondant adventure.
Also, non-toxic glue should be used on the pvc joints to prevent movement. The weight of the cake/treats and fondants will cause the joints to move. As seen above, I learned this lesson too late, the joints stayed still till I applied the fondant, then a creative cover of a garden hoe was required to hold her arm up.
The rice treats created a new and unique challenge, the original plan for her hands became rounded nubs that then had to be creatively disguised by a large flower and a big butterfly.