Make a three-dimensional Maltese dog cake that looks as good as it tastes. The Maltese dog is a longhair small breed canine with white fur. Long strands of white icing piped over the stacked layers gives the cake the shabby fur look of a real Maltese. Celebrate the birthday of a family dog or Maltese dog lover by making a dog cake as a homemade gift.
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Things you need
- 3 cakes, 22.5 cm (9 inch) round
- 2 cakes, 7.5 cm (3 inch) round
- 4 cupcakes
- Cling film
- Aluminium foil
- Plastic zip-top freezer bags -- 4.5 litres (1 gallon)
- Cutting board or serving tray
- Electric carving knife or long serrated knife
- Pastry bag
- Pastry tip
- White icing
- Large black pastilles
- Coloured icing (optional)
Wrap all the cakes and cupcakes in a single layer of cling film followed by a single layer of aluminium foil. Slide the wrapped cakes and cupcakes into large freezer bags and squeeze out as much air as possible before sealing the bags. Place the baked goods in the coldest part of the freezer for two hours or until they are frozen solid.
Unwrap all the cakes and set them on a cutting board or serving tray. Leave the cupcakes wrapped and in the freezer bags for now.
Stack the three 22.5 cm (9 inch) rounds in a neat pile in the middle of the tray. Stack the two 7.5 cm (3 inch) rounds on top of the pile where you want the head of the Maltese dog to be positioned.
Carve the stacked cakes into the rounded body shape and head of a Maltese dog with an electric knife or long serrated knife. Take off thin slivers of cake with the knife until you are pleased with the shape of the body and head. Gently brush all the crumbs off the carved Maltese dog cake with a clean paintbrush.
Unwrap the four frozen cupcakes and position them around the body form to look like four dog paws. Cover the cakes with a kitchen towel and allow them to thaw for an hour at room temperature.
Fill the pastry bag with white icing and choose a tip that gives you thin round strands. Start at the crown of the head form and apply icing strands all over the cake to give it the look of a furry Maltese.
Press two large black pastilles into the position of the eyes and another to represent the nose. Add bows, collars or any other detail that make the Maltese dog cake instantly recognisable.
Move the frosted Maltese dog cake into the refrigerator until ten minutes before it is served.
Tips and warnings
- Heat and transport will cause a stacked cake form to separate and slide. Cut a 6 mm (1/8 inch) wooden dowel rod to length and press it down into the centre of the cake to hold it together. Apply a small amount of icing to cover the newly created hole.
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