*Tutorial by Megan @ The Crafty Conundrum for her win of the Boys Challenge of season 12*
First off -thanks to everyone who voted for me! This is pretty exciting for me.
And secondly…. hold onto your hats -this is a lot longer post than I thought it would be. All ready? Ok, then here we go!
First things first – you need to bake some cakes. I used a cake mix (for this one it was a Funfetti mix) but I “doctor” it a bit to make a denser cake. Not only does it taste better than a plain cake mix, but it’s also sturdier and will hold up better when stacked.
Here is that recipe:
Beat together (like you normally would make a cake mix):
1 cake mix
1 cup sugar
1 cup flour
pinch of salt
1 cup milk
1 cup sour cream
I baked 2 7-inch oval cake layers and still had enough for a dozen cupcakes. If you don’t have oval pans, you could make a larger circle pan and just trim it into the shape you want. Oh, and pop on over to this post for a cake release recipe- it will make easier to get your cakes out in one piece -minus the mess that you get when greasing and flouring pans. Trust me, you’ll thank me later.
So make sure those babies cool completely. You may want to let them cool and then wrap them well in plastic wrap and do the decorating the next day just to give the cakes time to settle (and you a bit of a break).
When you’re ready to decorate, you’ll need a board. You can pick up foam core sheets at Michael’s or probably even Staples. Get the thinner stuff (I think it’s 1/4 inch). You’ll want to cut it with an X-Acto knife the shape you want your dinosaur head to be. I traced around the oval cake (leaving about 1/4 inch extra all around to account for adding icing and fondant). Then I added on a snout shape to the front.
Next you will need to level your cakes. Use whatever you are comfortable with. My mother let me use her cake leveler. But you could level it out with a large knife. Or hold a piece of dental floss (unflavored!) TIGHTLY between your hands and, using a sawing motion from side to side, slowly work the floss from the far side of your cake towards yourself -keeping your hands as close to the same height as possible.
Put some frosting (go here for my Buttercream Frosting recipe) down on your board. Lay one cake layer on the board -cut side UP (smooth side down). Then ice the whole top of that layer. Place the other layer on top of the first -cut side DOWN. This way the top AND bottom are the smooth sides.
Now comes the part that takes a bit more creativity. The oval cake forms the main part of the head. You will need to sculpt the snout, round out the back/sides of the head, and make a “dome” for the top of the head. Read more