Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Pug Cake

The Birthday Girl

My niece just turned 1! She is adorable and I love her to death. She has a pug dog, Roxy, and likes to squish her nose up like her dog. So for her cake, we made a pug. I have to give credit to my sister for this one, she did most of the cutting, I did most of the piping and she put the finishing touches on it. I think it turned out amazing!

We used an 8 inch round cake for the head, an 8 inch square cake for the body and from another round cake cut out the ears, sides and feet. The frosting was tricky. We used April's recipe for cream cheese butter cream frosting. Instead of dying the frosting and changing the taste we added store bought chocolate frosting for the main body and a little black dye to make the gray color. We had fun learning how to pipe. It's a lot of work though and I'm not sure it's worth it.

Cream Cheese Butter Cream Icing

(Makes a lot of frosting and you could cut in 1/2 or 1/3 for one cake)

6 lb. powdered sugar (3 bags)
1 c. water
2/3 lb cream cheese (10 1/2 oz., softened)
1 c. butter (2 sticks, softened)
1 1/2 c. Crisco

Place powdered sugar into mixer or large bowl. Make an opening in the middle of the powdered sugar with a scoop or large spatula. Pour the water in the center of the powdered sugar. Place the cream cheese in the microwave until just warm (about 30 seconds) and put in the middle with the water. Using beaters begin to mix. Add the butter and crisco into the sugar mixture and mix well until it's smooth and creamy.**I also made this ahead of time. Be sure to store it in the fridge in an airtight container or bowl. Place plastic wrap on top of the frosting to keep from drying out. Rewhip before using.**


The Featherstone's said...

You guys are seriously amazing!!! I don't know how you do it. My mom used to make the most amazing birthday cakes for us when we were younger. I guess I'll have to learn when I have will probably look like a dead dog and my child will start to cry.

Snell Family said...

The cake turned out really cute. Good job guys!

Kindra said...

Wow! I love it! It turned out so awesome! Dang you Betty Crocker! I must find some way to defeat you!

Prudy said...

That cake is ADORABLE!!!
I've been thinking about you since I said I'd make grilled pizza and then...I took off to California for a last minute vacation! I'll be home this weekend and I really am going to grill that pizza!!!
As for the cherries, I love them in muffins, cookies, and coffeecake and I also love them in couscous or Morrocan chicken. YUM!