One of my friends hired me to make a cake for her daughter's 13th birthday party. You know I love love to make themed items, so when I found out she wanted a Zebra and Leopard print cake. I found some cool Safari Leopard Print Edible Cake Border Decoration and Safari Zebra Print Edible Cake Border Decoration on Amazon. Which I knew would be cool but I of course wanted to do something more then just on the outside. On to the Google Search I went and found a cool idea on how to make a Zebra Cake and a Leopard Cake!
I started with the Zebra Cake (which is my FAVORITE), I found this idea on My Cake School. NOW you can buy a Duff Cake Mix for this, but you know me I rather make my own. I started with my moist white cake mix, making 2 batches. One batch I left white the other I died black using Wilton Icing Color.
What you Need:
Vanilla Cake mix (or homemade White Cake Mix)
Chocolate Cake Mix (or white dyed black)
Black Wilton Icing (if you want to do black)
Start by dropping 1/4 cup of white batter in the middle of a 8" or 10" cake pan. It will spread a little. Then measure out a 1/4 cup of chocolate batter and pour it in the center of your vanilla batter. Repeat this process, continuing with 1/4 cup scoops of alternating flavors, each flavor of batter dropped into the center of the previous circle of batter. The batter is thin enough that it does not take long at all for the batter to spread out a little bit. Continue the process until your pans are approx 2/3 full. Bake at 350 for 40 minutes.
I found using this cake mix was the best it was a bit thicker then using a box mix (which I tried and was just too liquid for me).
Next on my list was to make a Leopard cake, I found a great idea on Artese Cakes how to do Leopard cupcakes and used that for a cake.
What you Need:
White Cake Mix
Orange Wilton Icing
Black Wilton Icing
Make 3 different colors of cake batter, I used a white cake mix and dyed 2 parts orange and black. I put the two colors in 2 different piping bags and left the white in a bowl. On the bottom of the empty cake pan, draw spots. I made circles with orange and then black on top to resemble spots. Carefully top the spots with white cake mix. I did this 3 times until the cake pan was 2/3 full. Bake at 350 for 40 minutes. It wasn't as cute as I thought but still I thought it was pretty darn cool!
Let the cakes cool and then you can make your cake, I stacked two cakes with a mouse filling then rolled out fondant and added the strips I bought. Come back tomorrow for the reveal of the cake.
Here are the two cakes done and ready to be frosted and do the fondant work!
Don't forget to see the parties I link up to HERE.