3D Puppy Dog in a Basket Cake

3D Puppy Dog in a Basket Cake


Learn how to make a cake of a cute puppy dog sitting in a basket.

In this tutorial, Serdar will show you how to make a cute puppy dog sitting in a basket as a cake. This cake was made for Serdar’s granddaughter Ayla (Serkan’s daughter) on her 5th Birthday and she was absolutely delighted with it. Serdar demonstrates how to create long fur using fondant, which can be used for many other animal cakes. You will also learn how to make a Scottish tartan blanket as well as some interesting tricks to make a realistic basket.

Downloadable Course Material

If you would like to approximately match the size of the artwork in the tutorial, print the downloadable files at 100% size. If you require your artwork to be smaller or larger, just adjust the print size accordingly.
3D Puppy Dog in a Basket Cake Course Material
This PDF document contains actual size blueprints of the cake as well as templates for all the parts of the cake and a few guides.

The Plan
Tools & Materials
Ingredients & Recipes
Making the Templates
Shaping the Body
Making the Cake Paste
Making the Basket
Making the Eyes & Nose
Airbrushing the Basket
Coating & Assembling the Dog
Making the Blanket
Adding the Fur to the Body & Legs
Placing the Eyes
Adding Fur for the Ears
Adding Fur on the Head and Eyebrows
Adding Fur to the Snout
Adding Fur to the Tail
Adding the Tongue
Final Thoughts
Total Duration

While not everything on this list is absolutely required, these are the things used in this tutorial video. Of course you are welcome to find alternative ways of doing things and we would love to hear if you've discovered an easier method or better tool to achieve good results. Please note that some items may be listed as sets, and it is usually recommended to have full sets, it may not be neccessary. In most cases, only one item from a set is actually used in the tutorial. Please watch the tutorial before purchasing any items to make sure you are not buying anything you don't need.
Tools & Materials
Set of Knives Shop Online
Icing Spatula Set Shop Online
Box Cutter Shop Online
Fork or Pool Hose (10cm)

By 'pool hose', we mean the large ribbed hose used by a pool cleaning machine.

Set of Scrapers
Skewers Shop Online
Pair of Scissors
Pasta Machine

With 2mm spaghetti cutter.

Water Spray Bottle
Powder Shaker Shop Online
Preferably with small holes.
Needle or Pin
Serdar often uses a needle or a pin to remove air bubbles from underneath the fondant when coating a cake. They can also be used to pick up very small objects when decorating.
Rolling Pin or PVC Pipe
Perfection Strips Shop Online
2mm or 3mm
Used to roll dough (fondant, pastillage etc.) to an even thickness.
Hand Towels
Ensure fibers are not loose.
Modelling Tools Shop Online
Minimum of 8 pieces recommended.
Large Clear PVC Sheet
Around 40cm by 40cm

To make tartan template.

Extra Large Eraser
Round Nozzle Set Shop Online
Piece of sponge
Airbrush Set Shop Online
Set of Brushes Shop Online
Small paint roller

New, sanitised and good quality (fibers do not fall off).

Cake Board Watch Tutorial
A piece of wood coated with fabric and temporarily covered with cellophane to keep fabric clean until the cake is complete. For more information, watch our tutorial on how to cover a cake board with fabric .
Gel Food Colours Shop Online
Red, yellow, green and black
Recipes & Ingredients
Rolled Fondant

2500g White,
550g Red

Dark Chocolate Wikipedia


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2 x Pre-layered Mud Cake

2 x 50mm (high) by 250mm (round)

Total: 3200g


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1 small piping bag of yellow, 1 small piping bag of white

Royal icing is a hard white icing, made from egg white and icing sugar (mix or pure). A little addition of an acidic substance like lemon juice, citric acid or cream of tartar, the texture of the icing can be improved....[read more]


  1. meirianitaskd says:

    thanks chef for tutorial for share..time so wonderful … clearly tutorial… God bless you and fam ….

  2. Sharon Siriwardena says:

    Chef let me see whether I can explain this. Say if I dont have a proper reference matrial of this dog for example to do an enlargement. I want to do this drawing from scratch. No photoshop help just as a drawing how would I do this drawing? Say I have an eight inch cake for basket. I draw the cake top view and use circle cutters smaller to that like a 6 and 4 inch to determine the size of the dog’s body and head? Is my thinking correct here. I always enlarge pics want to learn how to draw it from scratch specially a 3D animal cake like this

    1. Serdar Yener says:

      Yes. You are correct. I suggest few things
      1. Gather as much as possible related photos of the subject.
      2. If there are 2 parts in subject matter like basket and dog and let us say you decide the cake size find the percentage ( ratio nr). Dog height is 1:3rd of basket diameter so your dog height is 1:3rd of the cake.
      3. Always work with two views minimum side view fist and the top
      4. Work with semi-transparent papers so you can trace the top view from side view
      5. Don’t forget the plan you draw only the reference for proportions and sizes so you dont have to spend too much time . For details follow the photos.
      I hope this is little help.

      1. Sharon Siriwardena says:

        Thank u so much Chef. You truly take the time to explain everything very clearly.
        I sm really having a blast watching these tutorials. Learning so much thanks to u

  3. Sharon Siriwardena says:

    Chef did u use the same principal u used in ur 3d vintage car cake
    to draw this dog and basket?

    1. Serdar Yener says:

      Hi Sharon , I did not understand your question. Could you please explain. Thanks

      1. Sharon Siriwardena says:

        Hi chef how did u plan the drawing of this dog. The cake plan usING the photos u had. Did u get a pic online. Like to know how u drew it. Thanks

  4. CelebrityCakes says:

    What I find amazing is the level of detail and planning that goes into bringing us these tutorials. I am still a little intimidated to try, I am also overwhelmed with the amount of choice I don’t know where to start first! One of the things I do miss chef, is the pricing information that is there with the older tutorials. I find it would be a good benchmark. I practiced the alternative methods of fondant coverage last week which are brilliant. This week I think I will try making pastilliage and pick a tutorial from there!

  5. Adele says:

    Wow, what a little princess she is. I bet she loved it.
    Fantastic, how the puppy came alive as a little character. Everything is always so well-considered with your tutorials, even the backgrounds. I appreciate how you do the hard yards, sharing how you measure the sizes and make the calculations; and the tricky little approaches like the basket weave and tartan bands. Your presentations have a very logical progression making them easy to follow. God bless, and thank you for sharing.

    1. Serdar Yener says:

      Thanks again, Adele, for understanding my objectives. You make me feel that YenersWay on the right pathway.

  6. Sandra Condesso says:

    Chef Serdar I always learn so much from your tutorials and this is no different! The tecniques you use makes everything so realistic, the basket, the blanket, the fur, amazing!

  7. AMEL says:

    Wonderful tutorial .chef you are the best .God bless you and all your family.thanks thanks thanks

  8. sgraichen says:

    So cute !! I can’t wait to see this tutorial

  9. Sommer White-Cooper says:

    looks soo real! You are soo talented! thank you!

  10. Elisabetta says:

    This is so incredibly sweet :-)! I am kind of, more a cat person, but this one is just adorable. Looking forward to it.

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