We love animals anyway so to create the celebratory cake version is often difficult but always really rewarding. Animals can be so beautiful themselves that we think it’s more important to try and capture a little of their personalities rather than doing a ‘cute’ caricatured version. We love it when a customer can give us a little background and some pics of their special pets and we can take it from there, or sometimes it’s a more general brief, but hopefully the outcome is a unique surprise for the recipient.
It helps a little if they’re for a chocolate lover, chocolate is so much easier to sculpt with and create a strong structure, white chocolate can be quite good too but it’s a bit of a no-go area for very airy sponges. Smaller details can work well in sugarpaste, and heavy gravity defying areas can be helped with supports and sometimes polystyrene or rice crispies ! And delicious chocolate and cream is a decadent ‘cement’ to pull the whole structure together.
Some people say they can’t bear to cut into the cake…but seriously, dig in! At the end of the day it’s a cake, and a yummy one not to be wasted! They don’t feel anything, honest :D