It’s Maya’s birthday and for us, it’s a great excuse to have a couple good friends over for pizza and cake!!!
A proper birthday cake is a must! This one was forest animal inspired…in case you can’t tell, it us supposed to look like a FOX!
Happiest of birthdays to my very energetic and slightly bossy 2 year old! Happy Thanksgiving to everyone!
The Fox Cake
Vanilla Cake Layers
- 1 3/4 cups cake flour (AP will work as well)
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup butter
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 eggs
- 2 tsp vanilla
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1/2 cup full fat yogurt
Preheat your oven to 350°F. Greast and line a 9 x 13 inch pan.
Sift the dry ingredients into a medium bowl. In a separate bowl, combine the milk, vanilla and yogurt. Stir until combined.
In a separate bowl, beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time and stir through.
Fold in half the dry ingredients followed by all of the yogurt mixture. Gently fold in the rest of the dry ingredients.
Spread into the pan and bake for 22-25 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
Cool completely before removing from the pan and peeling off parchment. Cut three 6 1/2 inch circles. You will need to combine the scraps to create the third and you can use this for the middle layer.
For the Fox’s Face
- White fondant
- Black fondant
- Silver or gold dragees
- Circular black candy (I used a jube jube), you can also form a nose out of the black fondant
Roll out the white fondant to 1/8 inch thick and cut out two leaf shape eyes about 2 1/2 inches wide and 3 1/2 inches long.
Roll out the rest of the white fondant to 1/4 inch thick and cut out 2 ears that are 3 inches wide and 3 1/2 inches tall. Mold them so that the base is slightly curved.
Roll out the black fondant to 1/8 inch thick and cut out eyelashes about 2 inches long. Pat a small amount of water to the underside of the lashes and adhere to the eyes. Dry the fondant pieces in a cool dry place for at least 12 hours.
- 2 cups butter
- 5 cups icing sugar
- 5 Tbsp milk
- 2 tsp vanilla
- 1/3 cup sifted cocoa powder
- Few drops of red food coloring, optional
Beat the butter until light and fluffy. Add the icing sugar, milk and vanilla and beat until it has tripled in volume and holds stiff peaks. Beat in the cocoa and food coloring (if using) until smooth and uniform.
Place a cake round onto your serving platter. Spread with 2/3 cup frosting, top with the second layer and repeat with the final layer.
Frost the top and sides of the cake and scrape the rest of the frosting into a pastry bag fitted with a small star tip.
Place the fondant eyes about 1 1/2 inches from the base of the cake. Press gently to adhere. Place the nose (jube jube) where the eyes meet.
Press the ears into the top of the cake. Pipe small stars to cover the backs and the sides of the ears. Pipe rosettes on the crown between the eyes and just behind the ears.
Sprinkle dragees over the crown.
*** For a fun touch, I used some edible rose gold powder over the eyes and the ears. Gold sprinkles and dragees are also a pretty touch.