by Lee Juslin
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If you are hosting a party, picnic or just want a fun project to do with a youngster, here’s an idea for a cool but simple terrier cake that will have people thinking you are a world class cake decorator.
First, bake two 8” square cakes in whatever flavor you like. They will eventually be covered by icing. Once the cakes have cooled, turn them out onto a large cutting board or a heavy duty cardboard sheet that is used for transporting sheet cakes. These are available at party stores or specialty craft shops. You can also make your own by taking a large sheet of heavy cardboard—perhaps from a carton—and covering it with tinfoil.
Leave one cake whole and cut the other in 1/2. Put 1 of the halves with the whole cake to form the body. The terrier’s body then measures 12” across and 8” tall. At the top right corner of the body, cut off a triangular piece at about a 60 degree angle that measures 3” down and 1” across the top. Turn this piece around and use for the tail.
With the unused 1/2, cut a rectangular piece that measures 4” x 6”. This will be the head. Before putting the head in place, cut an angle off the top corner of the body where the head will be. This cut piece should measure about 1.5” down and 2.5” across. Eat this piece. Wash it down with a slurp of the milk.
With the piece remaining from the head cut, slice a triangle shaped piece that measures 2.5” – 3” across the top and 1.5” down. Cut at about a 60 degree angle. This will be the ears. Eat the remaining piece and follow with a slurp of milk.
At the bottom of the body, measure over from the front end 4”, cut up 2”, measure across 4” and cut down 2”. You will have a cut out piece that measures 2” x 4”. Eat this piece. Wash it down with another slurp of milk. The hole from the cut gives you the legs. The Scottie/terrier shape is complete. Eat any remaining pieces and wash down with milk. Save a small amount of milk.
To ice the cake: cover the “seam” areas first so the cracks are covered and the pieces “cemented” together. Then, ice the entire cake including the sides. Swirl the icing at the feet, the tummy, and the face to simulate the hair or use coconut (see photo). After icing, lick the knife clean and follow with the remainder of the milk.
Use your own imagination and creativity to add an eye, a tongue, even toenails. You can use colored icing to make a collar, bow, harness, or vest.
Originally I designed this as a Scottie cake. However, it will also work for Cairns, Westies, maybe even Yorkies.
We guarantee your easy terrier cake will be the hit of the party.
Thanks to Tunia Hyland, granddaughter Louisa, and Mary Lauber for photos of their terrier cakes.
Additional information on how to make a terrier cake including a diagram is available at: Scottie Cake.
Please feel free to leave a comment or share your own favorite creative recipe.