Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Puppy Dog Birthday Cake

Over three weeks ago, in August, while we were in Germany, my baby turned two.  His current favorite thing is puppies, so I looked for puppy cake ideas.  I found a picture of one with no directions, but it looked easy enough, so we attempted it.  

You just bake two round cakes (8 or 9-inch).  Leave one intact and cut the other into sort of a yin-yang shape.  (Bring back memories of the 90's, anyone?!)  Then trim the pieces if necessary to make them look more puppy-dog-ish.  Frost the head in one color, adding sophisticated texture, if desired, as shown above.  With a different color, make a mound of frosting for the "snout".  The mouth is two red fruit snacks & the nose is part of an Oreo.  The rest of the mouth is Nutella, piped from a sandwich bag.  The eyes are PB M&M's.  The cake is a simple yellow cake from my mom's old Betty Crocker cookbook.
Puppy be smokin'.

Starlight Yellow Cake
from Betty Crocker, via Cinnamon Spice

1/2 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 eggs
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
3 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/4 cups milk

1.  Preheat oven to 350 F. Grease bottom and sides of rectangular pan, 13 X 9 X 2 inches, 2 round pans 9 X 1 1/2 inches, with butter and lightly flour.

2.  In a large mixing bowl beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy.  Add the vanilla and eggs and mix until combined.  In a separate bowl, mix flour, baking powder, and salt.  Add flour mixture to butter mixture alternatively with milk, mixing until just combined. 

3.  Pour into pans, dividing equally if using two. Bake rectangle 35 to 40 minutes, 9-inch rounds 25 to 30 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

4.  Cool rectangle in pan on wire rack; cool rounds 10 minutes; remove from pans to wire rack and cool completely before frosting.

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Sonya said...

Oh my goodness..that is all sorts of cute!

Katie Richmond said...

That is adorable. I may need to copy you, since we have a 2-year birthday coming up in less than two weeks.

What a Dish! said...

You should! Happy Birthday to your little guy!