How To Make A Furry Fox Cake

DIY Fox Cake Decorating Tutorial

This sweet and friendly fox cake is perfect for your little one’s next birthday. It can fit into so many themes, including a cute woodland party, a Fantastic Mr. Fox movie night, or a forest friends fete. Roll up your sleeves and get your piping bag ready—it’s orange fur time!

DIY Fox Cake Decorating Tutorial

Note: Often I will make a drawing of what I imagine the final cake to look like. This helps me in creating the finished product. You can always refer to your computer screen for a picture of this fox cake, though!

What You’ll Need

  • A baked and cooled 2-layer cake of your choice (I used an 8-inch vanilla cake)
  • Offset metal spatula or butter knife
  • Piping bag fitted with a large multi-opening tip (I used a Wilton #233)
  • Wooden BBQ skewers
  • Gel food coloring in orange
  • Bench scraper tool to smooth your buttercream (optional)


  • 5 cups of vanilla buttercream or 3 cans of frosting
  • 4-inch ball of white fondant
  • 3-inch ball of black fondant
  • A small amount of cornstarch for working with fondant
DIY Fox Cake Decorating Tutorial DIY Fox Cake Decorating Tutorial

Step 1
Begin by filling and frosting your baked and completely cooled cake with plain white vanilla buttercream. Using a bench scraper tool or your spatula to ensure the top of your cake has a smooth surface, as part of it will be exposed!

DIY Fox Cake Decorating Tutorial

Step 2
Tint the remaining buttercream orange. You can make it as light or vibrant as you like—gel color is potent, so start with a smaller amount and add more as needed.

DIY Fox Cake Decorating Tutorial DIY Fox Cake Decorating Tutorial

Step 3
Load your orange buttercream into your piping bag fitted with the multi-opening tip. Starting on the sides of the cake, begin to pipe your fox “fur.”

DIY Fox Cake Decorating Tutorial

Step 4
Continue piping all around the sides of the cake.

DIY Fox Cake Decorating Tutorial

Step 5
On the top, imagine the cake to be a fox face that you are staring down at. Begin piping at his chin and work your way upward in a curved line.

TIP: If you like, you can use a toothpick and poke a dotted line into the white buttercream as a guide for your orange buttercream piping.

DIY Fox Cake Decorating Tutorial

Step 6
Using your piping bag, pipe a mirror image of the curved line on the other side of your cake face.

DIY Fox Cake Decorating Tutorial

Step 7
Now, continue piping and fill in the rest of the cake as shown above, leaving the fox’s cheeks as plain white vanilla buttercream.

DIY Fox Cake Decorating Tutorial

Step 8
Make your fondant accent pieces! Two black flattened circles for the eyes, a black fondant nose, and white fondant triangles for the fox’s ears (you’ll be piping over the ears with more fur). Cut a wooden BBQ skewer in half, and insert a skewer into each ear. Using a tiny amount of water, adhere the black triangle “inner ear” on top.

DIY Fox Cake Decorating Tutorial

Step 9
Place your ears into the sides of the cake, gently press the black nose into the buttercream, and lightly press the eyes into the white part of the fox’s face to adhere.

DIY Fox Cake Decorating Tutorial

Step 10
Now, pipe more orange buttercream fur around his entire ears to cover up the white fondant, leaving the black “inner ears” visible. I also added some black fondant eyebrows for more character, and you can add a cute little message flag too, if you wish!

DIY Furry Fox Cake

Just look at this cutie pie! I’m in love with his foxy cute face. Let him be the hit of your kid’s next super awesome birthday party! For a woodland themed party, I think these mushroom toadstool toppers would make a fine accompaniment on some cupcakes, too.

Hope you guys enjoyed this fox cake DIY. See you real soon with more cute cake insanity!

  • Meghan J Splawn

    This is seriously so cute! Love.

  • Coco Cake Land

    thank you so much, meghan!! :)

  • Danielle

    This is so amazing I couldn’t bear to eat it. :)

  • Coco Cake Land

    oh wonderful! thanks for sharing the tutorial! ^__^

  • Coco Cake Land

    thank you, petalka! :)

  • Coco Cake Land

    aww thanks danielle!! xo

  • Coco Cake Land

    thank you, heidi! ^__^

  • heidi

    I also pinned it. :)

  • Coco Cake Land

    Ros! amazing! so happy to hear it – please share a pic, and happy 5th birthday to your little girl! :)

  • Betsy @JavaCupcake

    LOVE this tutorial! Seriously, genius!

  • Coco Cake Land

    aw! thank you so much, betsy! xo

  • Molly H

    This is the cutest cake I’ve ever seen!

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  • Caitlyn

    I’m so glad I stumbled across your site today! Super cute–I love it :-)

  • Rachel Faucett

    Thanks so much, glad you found us!

  • Coco Cake Land

    ahhh thank you yoanna love your CAPS enthusiasm! :)

  • Coco Cake Land

    thanks so much, molly!!

  • Emily

    Can you post your fondant recipe please? The recipes I’m finding are in a very large batch. Thanks!

  • Coco Cake Land

    hi emily! i used pre-purchased fondant for the above tutorial but you here’s a link to marshmallow fondant:

    you can always make it and store it wrapped tightly in plastic wrap and then in an airtight container. or buy some premade online or at a baking supply shop, or even large crafting superstores carry it in smaller amounts! have fun!

  • cakeface

    You can use spaghetti instead of wooden skewers to keep the ears on. It’s a bit safer as it doesn’t matter if people forget to remove it before they bite into them.

  • Coco Cake Land

    cakeface! that’s a cool idea too – thanks for sharing!! – the fondant ears might be too heavy for the spaghetti so maybe make smaller ears to accommodate! ^__^

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  • Searchingforspice

    I love this. I have never tried that type of piping though but I suppose by the time I’d done the whole cake I would have got a lot of practice.

  • supersock

    This is too cool!

  • Coco Cake Land

    how did it turn out? thanks so much!

  • Coco Cake Land

    aw thank you amanda for letting me know!! so happy you made it. :)

  • Coco Cake Land

    ha – yes, that is very true – you’ll be surprised how easy it is after you pipe the first few rows.

  • Coco Cake Land

    thank you!

  • Coco Cake Land

    thanks, abbie!

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  • Joanne

    This is too adorable. I am going to make it for my son’s first birthday in December. If I make it the day before, how do you recommend I store it given it has both buttercream and fondant pieces?

  • Amanda

    This is absolutely adorable! Can I ask, will this work with a cream cheese buttercream? I ask because I plan on making this for my little brother’s birthday and he loves my carrot cake, so I would like to pair it with a cream cheese frosting.

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  • Briana

    Just a tip on the ears, we are using ours as a smash cake so didn’t want toothpicks. Instead we found heart shaped York peppermint patties and using lollipop/cakeball sticks. Then popped on some orange around the edge and black center

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  • Rachel

    Thank you for this! I based my daughter’s 6th birthday fox cake on your tutorial, and another photo I had. I added eyelashes and a flower (Hard to see…handpicked by my daughter). I used cardboard for the ears, with a small patch of fondant laid on the middle, with a skewer taped to the back.