This fox cake recipe is a showstopper, perfect for kids birthday cake ideas, baby showers, and of course anyone who loves foxes!
- Make sure to order the black fondant and the food color in advance.
- The night before or a few hours ahead, make the eyes and nose: Use a rolling pin to roll out the black fondant to about 1/4″ thick. Use a paring knife to cut out two eyes and a nose. We made some templates with scissors on paper until we decided on the perfect shape. Place on parchment paper and chill in fridge until the cake is decorated.
- The night before (if possible), bake the cake: Bake the Vegan Carrot Cake. Use this recipe provided and a 9″ round spring form baking pan, then bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 55 to 60 minutes. (Note: You can also bake the cake the day of. If so, allow the cake to cool to room temperature and then cover it with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 3 hours before icing.)
- The day of, cut out the ears: Cut out the ears from white poster board or thin cardboard; trace a shape based on the photos above. Make sure to leave 3 to 4 inches of the cardboard below the ear to use to stick into the cake. (This tutorial has some patterns to trace, but they didn’t fit the 9″ round size so we had to do them freehand. We also did our ears using poster board (with the 4″ extension) instead of fondant as specified in the tutorial, because our fondant ears melted! So poster board with icing on it did the trick; they’re just not edible.)
- Make the icing: Make 1 recipe Whipped Vanilla Buttercream Icing.
- Ice the cake with white icing: Using an offset spatula, ice the cake with a thin layer of white icing until just covered. Use a bowl to mark out the design of the two “cheeks” of the fox face. Add another thin layer on the cheeks and sides of the cake until the cake is no longer visible. Don’t worry about totally covering the area of the top that will be filled in with orange rosettes.
- Add the ears: Use a chef knife to cut thin slices in where the ears go and slide them in. Make sure to carefully locate the ears so that they are even on the cheeks. (Note: we missed on our first attempt and had to adjust the ears! So it’s ok if it’s not right on the first try.) Using the spatula, add a very thin layer of white frosting right onto the poster board ears.
- Add the orange icing: With the remaining frosting, remove about 1/2 cup of the white frosting to a small bowl and add a little orange and red food coloring and stir. Continue adding color until you get a bright reddish-orange. Place a medium-to-large flower tip in a pastry bag and fill it with the orange frosting. Add several large flowers scattered across the face of the fox (see in process photos above).
- Repeat the orange icing with different shades of orange: Working in small batches and with different sized tips, continue to fill in the fox face. It turns out nice with slightly different colors of orange each time, so make slight variations with the food coloring to make darker and lighter orange colors. Leave the last batch of orange for the smallest pastry bag tip and fill in any blank spaces. Before you’re don, make sure to save out a few dabs of white in a small bowl to color on the eyes.
- Add the facial features: Place the nose and eyes onto the cake and use a toothpick to dab on some white spots on the eyes (see the photos).
- Category: Dessert
- Method: Baked
- Cuisine: American
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