Cat and Dog Cake

Cat and Dog Cake

$350 - $400

Learn how to make a cat and dog topper on a cake.

I made this cake for my granddaughter who madly loves cats and dogs but of course it’s great for any animal lovers out there. When we’re thinking about what cake to make, we quite often have two ways to go. Either we make a 3D cake, or we model sugar figures and place them on a cake. For this tutorial I chose the second option because I wanted my granddaughter to be able to keep the topper after the birthday party. Not to mention that I don’t think she would have liked the 3D cake option because we would have to cut the cat or dog in order to eat it.

What you’ll learn…

  • Modelling animals in parts and assembling them.
  • Making wood texture marbling effect.
  • Making a cat stand (non-edible).
  • How to easily make a ball of wool.

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.
Cat and Dog Cake Course Material
This PDF document contains templates and guides to help you with this tutorial.

Tools & Materials
Making the Stand
Making the Dog's Body
Making the Cat's Body
Day 2 - Making the Dog's Legs
Making the Cat's Legs
Making the Tails
Making the Dog's Head
Making the Cat's Head
Filling Cracks with Royal Icing
Airbrushing the Dog
Airbrushing the Cat
Eyes, Nose and Hand Painting
Assembling the Cake
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
Modelling & Shaping
  • Modelling tools
  • Plastic cutlery (knife, fork, spoon)
  • Hard pastry margarine/shortening
  • Oil cooking spray
Very fine tip brush
Gel Food Colours Shop Online
Airbrush Set Shop Online
Water Spray Bottle
Egg white
for glue
Hot glue gun
Oil Cooking Spray Shop Online
Colour should be as light as possible to prevent discolouration in the fondant or pastillage.
Animals scratch stand
see plan
Recipes & Ingredients


A thick sugar paste, similar to gum paste, that can be molded into different shapes and forms. When dried, it is hard and brittle. Unlike gum paste, pastillage dries much quicker and stronger. Made with gelatine, water and...[read more]


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]

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