Dog-themed cupcakes are a great idea for children's parties or as a special treat for animal-lovers, especially dog-lovers. You can make your dog cupcakes as simple or extravagant as you like, depending on how much time you have and how confident you are in your cupcake decorating abilities. Whichever type of dog cupcake you decide to make, have a photo of a dog nearby to remind you of the animal's key features.
Biscuits and Candy
Using candy of different shapes and sizes can help you transform your cupcakes into dog cupcakes without requiring too much artistic flair. Spread butter-cream icing on top of the cupcakes and stick two oval shaped biscuits, such as Langue de chat biscuits, on opposite sides of the cupcake. These are the dog's ears. Use an assortment of brown and yellow Smarties and chocolate buttons to make the eyes and nose. Take a tube of black icing writing and place a dot on each of the eyes to make the pupils. Also use the black writing icing to draw on the dog's mouth.
If you are more confident about your cake-decorating abilities or want a bit more of a challenge, you could decorate a dog cupcake using butter icing and a piping bag. Dog cupcakes made in this way involve making a three-dimensional dog face on top of the cupcake. In many recipes, an additional square of cake is placed on top of the cupcake, which is then covered in layers of soft piped icing to make it look like a three-dimensional dog's face. The series of cupcake books by Karen Tack and Alan Richardson have several dog cupcake designs using this method.
It is also possible to create a dog-themed cupcake without using candy, biscuits and decorative icing to achieve dog features. Instead try to find some small plastic dog figures to stick on the top of the cupcake. You can find these in dollar stores or toy shops. Some online retailers such as Cupcake Creations and EZ Party Zone sell dog toppers and figurines that are ideal to go on the top of cupcakes. Put a generous helping of butter icing on top of the cupcake to help the figurine stick. If the cupcakes are for a children's party, you should think about removing the dog figures before serving the cupcakes to make sure no one tries to eat the plastic toy.
Instead of creating a dog face using icing or using plastic dog toys, you could always create your dog themed cupcakes by creating a dog collar instead. The easiest way to do this is to get long liquorice shoe laces and loop them a few times into a rough circle. Place the circle of liquorice on top of the icing-topped cupcakes and you'll have created simple and edible dog collars.