Baby lion cake
by Abigail Jimenez
baby lion cake on blocks
Baby Lion Cake
This cake was made from a 4 inch, 6 inch and 8 inch square cake, baked, filled and frosted with buttercream and then covered in fondant.
You will need fondant, a rolling pin, food coloring, powdered sugar, numbered cookie cutters, a paint brush, alphabet stamp set and a razor knife.
For the lion you will also need gumpaste, brown thick consistancy royal icing in a pastry bag with a grass tip, a toothpick and thin gage wire.
The book on the bottom was draped first in white fondant(for the pages) and then the top and one side was covered in the purple fondant to make the cover.
A strip of matching fondant was run along the edges of the bottom to make it look like the cover also was on the under side of the book.
Then I ran a razor knife from book end to book end to slice 'pages' into the white fondant.
Next I used a stamp dipped in food coloring to write the word 'baby' on the front. Tip: write the message on a separate strip like I did and not directly on the book.
That way if you mess up, you can peel it off and re-do it! Add some extra fondant details to the book end.
I made the baby blocks by framing each side in white fondant. Then I used a cookie cutter to punch out the numbers.
I brushed the back of the numbers with water to make them stick. I used a thin paint brush dipped in black food coloring to write the message on the front of the top block.
Dowel and stack the blocks onto the book.
Now the lion! He's not as hard as he looks. I tinted gumpaste orange and rolled a large ball for his tummy and a smaller ball for his head.
I stuck his head on with a toothpick. Then I made the legs and arms by rolling 'snakes' and I painted little claws on them. I also rolled a tail and made little ears.
Roll 2 pea sized balls for his cheeks and stick them to the face with a brush of water. Then roll a little nose and stick that in the 'V' like wedge between the two. Paint that with orange food coloring to make it pop.
I stuck thin wire out of his cheeks for whiskers. Paint on little dots for eyes.
Wrap a piece of thin white gumpaste around his bottom for the diaper.
Now the mane! Take thick brown royal in a piping bag with a grass tip and pipe the mane around his head. Tip: Test the royal firm to make sure it holds it's shape. If it's too runny, it won't look like fur. Don't forget to stick his ears into his head and attach his tail.
Baby Lion Cake