Last February I got to volunteer in Mike McCarey’s (aka the Cake God, even though he doesn’t like it when we call him that, thus proving how much more deserving he is of the title) classes after the Austin cake show. In one of them, he showed how to make various sturdy stands, including one for a dog cake. At the end, he didn’t want to have to travel back home with assembled wooden frames with pointy bits (because Mike is also sensible enough to not provoke the TSA), so he gave me the sample stands from the class. Also, because he is awesome and super-nice.
When I came home with the stands and showed them to my daughter, she asked, “Can the dog one be an alien dog cake?”
I said, “Absolutely.”
She asked, “Can it be for my birthday?”
I said, “Sure.”
In the ensuing months, her entire party ended up based around a space theme. Her teacher from last year hooked us up with a real astronomer who came and spoke to the kids with some amazingly awesome visual aids (he put planet stickers on a streamer roll to indicate distance scale, had markers for colours of planets on foam balls, plus a big telescope!). And there was, of course, Alien Dog cake.
I’ve been making this cake all week plus doing other party prep, so I’m exhausted. I’ll post some pics quickly below but not go into too much detail, or else I’ll never get to finishing the post before I crash out! But I did post here about how the scales were made, including a video, and that’s a really easy method that yields great results, so go check it out. Other than that, it’s a huskier version of Mike’s dog cake but more or less follows his methodology except for the colour, plus the seven gummy eyes and the seven tails holding birthday candles (both at Peo’s request).
I also made cake balls to go to Peo’s class on Friday:
So there you have it. This post is more rambly and unedited than usual because I’m falling asleep over here…nap time!