Wednesday, May 12, 2010

How To Make A Pug Cake


I did a pug groom’s cake last week, so I thought I’d post some basic photos of the steps I took to make it.

The first thing you need to do is cut the cakes and get the basic dog shape. It’s helpful to go online to get pictures of the specific breed in the position you want it to be in, since every dog sits and lies down in a different way. For this one I used a sheet plus a couple of small rounds to stack for the head, then I carved them into shape and crumb-coated the whole thing. There are no dowels or supports needed for this one since it wasn’t too tall, and none of the cakes are overhanging ones underneath them.




After the crumb coat is on, put some fondant rolls on the areas where there needs to be details that come from depth. Pugs obviously have a lot of wrinkles, so I put small rolls of fondant on the areas where the skin would be protruding on the dog. Don’t make the rolls too big, because the fondant is going to cover it, and whatever is under it will be increased in size once the whole thing is covered.






Next, cover the cake and press the fondant into the shapes that you want, using the rolls underneath as a guide to getting the right features. I added fondant ears at this point, but not the eyes yet.





Now airbrush the dog the color that you want. This pug was a fawn one, so I used a little ivory food coloring thinned out in vodka. If I was making a black pug I’d use black fondant to cover the cake instead of airbrushing the color on, because that would be a heinous mess. If you don’t have an airbrush you can do this with a good-quality paintbrush (make sure that the hairs don’t fall out, don’t use a cheap brush!) or a foam paintbrush and food coloring.



Airbrush in the details, including shadowing, and then add the eyeballs. I put another roll of fondant over the eyes at this point, too, for the little eyelids. The cake will look shiny because of the food coloring on it, but once it dries the shine will go away. DO NOT TOUCH the cake while it’s shiny, or the color will wipe off!





I use a paintbrush to do the eyes on dog cakes, not the airbrush. Small details like
that need to be done with a more precise color than the airbrush can give you. Once that’s done, you can add any details, like toys or a collar, or in this case, a tongue. I wanted to give him a snaggletooth, but that would be for a bulldog, not a pug, oh well.

 Kara Buntin owns A Cake To Remember LLC in Richmond VA, and cake supplies online at www.acaketoremember.com and www.acaketoremember.etsy.com

13 comments:

Diana Viera said...

That is too cute!

Yuma Cake! said...

Kara-that's awesome!!

Pam said...

I was sent here by my neighbor and our mutual friend in RI. I have a pug, Pearl, and she thought I might appreciate this adorable cake. She was right! Too cute.

Anonymous said...

awesome fantastic job kara! thanks for the tips :D
cindy

Uniqueask said...

This is absoutely awesome.

cakesbybarbara said...

awesome!

Jenniffer said...

Wow! This looks great! I have a sculpted bulldog cakes on the books and I am a little nervous. I will be using some of your tips for sure!!

Kara said...
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Kara said...

Too many typos...I had said that you should just make sure to look at a lot of pictures of the dog before you do the cake, since they all sit/stand/lie down differently, and if you don't get the basic proportions right it ends up looking like a different breed!

Selena Ze Arteest said...

He is alive!

Unknown said...

How many layers precisely ?

Kara Buntin said...

I'm not sure, it would depend on how much cake you neeed to end up with. I do each one on a case-by case basis but this looks like I used a 9x13 plus a 7x11 trimmed down, and a few round ones for the head.

Kara Buntin said...

I'm not sure, it would depend on how much cake you neeed to end up with. I do each one on a case-by case basis but this looks like I used a 9x13 plus a 7x11 trimmed down, and a few round ones for the head.