DIY Fluffy Lamb Cake Decorating Tutorial

DIY Fluffy Lamb Cake Decorating Tutorial

Hi everyone! It’s Lyndsay from Coco Cake Land, and I’m so excited to be a new contributor to Handmade Charlotte. I’ll be around twice a month with some super cute, fun cakes and other baking DIYs created just for you—sweet! So here goes my first post: my little pink lamb cake DIY. This lamb was based on my 2-year-old niece Brooklyn’s can’t-sleep-without-it stuffie named Lamba!

Don’t be intimidated by piping—you can practice first on a plate before trying it on the cake. Readymade fondant, gel food coloring, and piping supplies can all be found at your local craft superstore or online.

DIY Fluffy Lamb Cake Decorating Tutorial // Handmade Charlotte

Left to right: piping bag with plastic ring, coupler and piping tip; offset spatula, bench scraper

What You Need

  • A two layer, round cake recipe of your choice—baked from scratch or from the box.
  • 4 cups of vanilla buttercream or 2 cans of frosting
  • Pink gel food coloring
  • An offset spatula or butter knife
  • A bench scraper
  • A piping bag fitted with an open star tip—I used the Wilton No.22 Tip
  • A 4-inch round ball of fondant
  • Parchment paper
  • Cornstarch for working with fondant
  • A long wooden BBQ skewer, cut into two equal-length sticks

Step 1
Bake your cakes according to the recipe instructions. Let cakes cool completely on wire racks in their pans.

Step 2
Make your buttercream according to recipe instructions. Add a tiny bit of pink gel color (a little goes a long way with this stuff!) to tint it baby pink.

Step 3
Place a dab of buttercream on a cake plate or cardboard cake board.

Step 4
Carefully remove your first cake layer from your cake pan. Use a serrated knife to level your cake so the top is flat.

Step 5
Place the cake cut-side-up on the cake plate (the dab of buttercream acts as glue).

DIY Fluffy Lamb Cake Decorating Tutorial // Handmade Charlotte

Step 6
Using an offset spatula or butter knife, spread a nice creamy layer of buttercream on top.

Step 7
Remove your second cake layer from your cake pan. Level your cake layer as you did with the first layer. Place the second layer cut-side-down onto the first frosted layer. Begin frosting the top.

DIY Fluffy Lamb Cake Decorating Tutorial // Handmade Charlotte

Step 8
Continue frosting until the entire exterior is covered in buttercream.

DIY Fluffy Lamb Cake Decorating Tutorial // Handmade Charlotte

Step 9
Hold your bench scraper upright against the side of the cake and scrape all the way around to smooth out the buttercream frosting. Now you’re ready to pipe your sweet, rosy, swirly lamb “fur”!

DIY Fluffy Lamb Cake Decorating Tutorial // Handmade Charlotte

Step 10
Using scissors, snip an inch off the pointy end of a disposable piping bag. Place the open star tip on top of the coupler and place inside the piping bag so the tip is sticking out of the end. Screw the plastic ring onto the coupler (over the outside of the bag) to keep the piping bag in place.

DIY Fluffy Lamb Cake Decorating Tutorial // Handmade Charlotte

Note: I use this nifty trick for filling my piping bags: I fold my bag over a glass or yogurt container and use a spatula to fill the bag.

DIY Fluffy Lamb Cake Decorating Tutorial // Handmade Charlotte

Step 11
Ready to pipe! Yay! Practice your rosette swirl a few times on a plate if you like. Hold your piping bag upright and pipe starting from the inside out in a counterclockwise circle to create a mini rosette.

DIY Fluffy Lamb Cake Decorating Tutorial // Handmade Charlotte

Step 12
Start piping your cake! I always start from the bottom and go up in lines.

DIY Fluffy Lamb Cake Decorating Tutorial // Handmade Charlotte

Keep going until the exterior sides of your cake are covered in rosettes.

Okay, now on to the face and the floppy lamb ears!

DIY Fluffy Lamb Cake Decorating Tutorial // Handmade Charlotte

For the ears: Using your hands and a bit of cornstarch to avoid stickiness, mold two pieces of white fondant into ears. Color a little bit of fondant pink by kneading a tiny bit of gel food coloring into the white fondant, then make two tiny triangles for the “inner” ears. Adhere the pink triangles to the white ears with a drop of water. Using your wooden BBQ stick, cut into two. Place each ear onto a stick (kind of like a marshmallow).

For the nose: Use the pink fondant to make a little triangle and your fingers to make indents for nostrils.

For the sleeping eyes and mouth: Roll some black fondant in between your hands until it is thin and even. Shape it into lines for the eyes and mouth.

Make The Face!

DIY Fluffy Lamb Cake Decorating Tutorial // Handmade Charlotte

On the top of your cake, place your eyes, nose, and mouth. The fondant will stick to the buttercream so you needn’t worry about adhering it. Gently push the wooden stick ears into the sides of the cake for floppy lamb ears.

DIY Fluffy Lamb Cake Decorating Tutorial // Handmade Charlotte

Finally, pipe around the edges to create some more “furry” rosettes, to frame in your lamb face. Ah, the cuteness!

DIY Fluffy Lamb Cake Decorating Tutorial // Handmade Charlotte

Front view of your new pal Lamby!

DIY Fluffy Lamb Cake Decorating Tutorial // Handmade Charlotte

I always make a little custom birthday flag for my cakes: simply write a personal message on a piece of craft paper and tape it to a wooden BBQ skewer. For this one I used a 2-inch wide circle craft punch.

DIY Fluffy Lamb Cake Decorating Tutorial // Handmade Charlotte

Hello, happy lamb! All ready to party. Hope you enjoyed this tutorial, see you again real soon!

  • Sarah Kieffer

    Love!

  • Amber Webber

    I love this cake! It has a nice clean and contemporary look to it while still being totally adorable! Very easy to understand step by step tutorial too! More posts please;)

  • http://www.cococakecupcakes.blogspot.ca/ Coco Cake Land

    thank you, Sarah! xo

  • http://www.cococakecupcakes.blogspot.ca/ Coco Cake Land

    Judi, I’m thrilled to hear that you’re going to try this! Would love to see the results – send me an email! ^__^

  • http://www.cococakecupcakes.blogspot.ca/ Coco Cake Land

    Thanks so much Amber!! xo

  • Kathleen

    Cutest cake ever! Love this, Lyndsay! :)

  • Aimee / Wallflowergirl.co.uk

    This is the greatest thing I have seen all day

  • Brandi

    Is this cake vegan or made with lamb?

    Just kidding, it looks great!

  • gyoza*girl

    super adorable lamby cake! i think it would be too cute to bite into! thanks for sharing the how-to!

  • http://www.cococakecupcakes.blogspot.ca/ Coco Cake Land

    oh thank you kathleen! ^__^

  • http://www.cococakecupcakes.blogspot.ca/ Coco Cake Land

    aimee that is so rad! thanks so much!

  • http://www.cococakecupcakes.blogspot.ca/ Coco Cake Land

    brandi!! it’s not vegan, nor is it made with lamb – but i suppose you could do either! a lamb meat cake that looks like a lamb… something i will look into! :)

  • http://www.cococakecupcakes.blogspot.ca/ Coco Cake Land

    thanks gyoza girl aka MY SISTER!! xoxo

  • lovinbali

    wow! you make it look so easy, almost like I could do this myself. maybe, just maybe I can… but no way would it turn out as cool as yours! love the sleeping lamb. great post.

  • Sam

    Love this post. Super cute and easy to follow.

  • http://www.cococakecupcakes.blogspot.ca/ Coco Cake Land

    thank you jamie! xo

  • http://www.cococakecupcakes.blogspot.ca/ Coco Cake Land

    aww thanks lovinbali! ^__^

  • http://www.cococakecupcakes.blogspot.ca/ Coco Cake Land

    thanks so much, sam!

  • Sami @ Poor & Pretty

    This is obnoxiously adorable, and I am going to have to make it for my sister’s birthday next year!

  • http://www.handmadecharlotte.com/ Handmade Charlotte

    Hi Sami,

    I agree! I love how Lindsay stepped it out! We love this little lamb.

    Yeah!

    Rachel

  • http://www.handmadecharlotte.com/ Handmade Charlotte

    Absolutely agree! I love this sweet cake!

  • http://www.handmadecharlotte.com/ Handmade Charlotte

    I love this sweet trick!

  • http://www.handmadecharlotte.com/ Handmade Charlotte

    Brandi,

    Thats funny! Im completely obsessed with this little cake!

    Rachel

  • http://www.handmadecharlotte.com/ Handmade Charlotte

    Hi Aimee,

    Thanks so much! Lindsay is a new contributor and we are thrilled to have her!

    Yay!

    Rachel Faucett

  • http://www.handmadecharlotte.com/ Handmade Charlotte

    Hi Kathleen,

    We love love love!

    Rachel

  • http://www.handmadecharlotte.com/ Handmade Charlotte

    Right? Sarah ….we are thrilled to have both of you!:)

    xoxoxoxo

  • http://www.handmadecharlotte.com/ Handmade Charlotte

    Hi There,

    Thanks so much! We are so excited!

    xoxo,

    Rachel

  • http://www.handmadecharlotte.com/ Handmade Charlotte

    Sisters are the best! I have a twin! Love the support! The very best!

    xoxo,

    Rachel

  • http://www.cococakecupcakes.blogspot.ca/ Coco Cake Land

    ha! thanks so much sami! ^__^

  • http://www.cococakecupcakes.blogspot.ca/ Coco Cake Land

    oh thank you lori! ^__^

  • http://www.easytocookmeals.com/ Shobelyn Dayrit

    When I saw this, I thought it was so cute. It made my day.

  • http://www.cococakecupcakes.blogspot.ca/ Coco Cake Land

    Shobelyn, that is so great – glad to hear it! ^__^

  • http://www.handmadecharlotte.com/ Handmade Charlotte

    Me Three!

  • Chitrangada Kundu

    Absolutely love this. bookmarked it, will make it for my little one.

  • HILKE

    THIS REALLY MADE ME SMILE!

  • http://www.cococakecupcakes.blogspot.ca/ Coco Cake Land

    sue – thank you so much! i hope you try it! ^__^

  • http://www.cococakecupcakes.blogspot.ca/ Coco Cake Land

    chitrangada, thank you so much – please email me your cake when it’s done! :)

  • http://www.cococakecupcakes.blogspot.ca/ Coco Cake Land

    Hilke – so glad! :)

  • Sarah

    This is the cutest cake I have seen. Ever. Wow!

  • http://www.cococakecupcakes.blogspot.ca/ Coco Cake Land

    ashley, so happy to hear it! i would love to see the results, please email it to me! ^__^ thanks for the nice comment!

  • http://www.cococakecupcakes.blogspot.ca/ Coco Cake Land

    sarah, thanks so much!! ^__^

  • http://misakomimoko.blogspot.com/ Misako Mimoko Eva

    this is the cutest!! <3

  • http://www.cococakecupcakes.blogspot.ca/ Coco Cake Land

    ahhhh thank you,eva!!! ^__^

  • Susana

    awwww I love this. Reminds me of my favorite childhood show. Lambchop ♥

  • SuzyPeach

    You are such an artist, love it :) Making this today! Using a 14 x 2 inch round, 2 layers (big cake), for a party. Hopefully it’ll turn out well. Thanks for the step by step instructions!

  • http://www.cococakecupcakes.blogspot.ca/ Coco Cake Land

    Dear Suzy, thank you so much!! I am sure your lamb cake turned out fabulously! 14 x 2 is a great size, love it!! Email me a pic! Xo

  • http://www.cococakecupcakes.blogspot.ca/ Coco Cake Land

    Susana, so funny I’ve been told a few times now that it reminds people of lamb chop! Thanks for the comment! :)

  • Emmaj

    Thanks for a great tutorial! This cake was a massive hit at my daughter’s 2nd birthday party.

  • Mamie101

    with cupcakes for a baptism special cake it’s a succes. Thanks a lot !

  • http://www.handmadecharlotte.com/ Rachel Faucett

    Wow you did a fabulous job!

  • http://www.cococakecupcakes.blogspot.ca/ Coco Cake Land

    ohmigosh how CUTE! thank you so much for sharing this, emma! makes me happy!

  • http://www.cococakecupcakes.blogspot.ca/ Coco Cake Land

    mamie, that’s awesome – feel free to share a pic! thanks!

  • http://bucatarealalaplesneala.blogspot.ro/ Alina Vicu

    I love’it! It’s wonderful!

  • http://www.cococakecupcakes.blogspot.ca/ Coco Cake Land

    thank you alina! ^__^

  • Alyssa B

    I made this cake for my baby’s 1st birthday. It was really easy and turned out super cute! I don’t decorate cakes very often, so I didn’t want to mess around with fondant. I just used gel frosting (from those little tubes you can buy) for the face details. To make the ears, I cut out ear shapes from cardstock, taped them to a toothpick, then covered them with frosting an gel.
    Thanks for the great tutorial!

  • http://www.cococakecupcakes.blogspot.ca/ Coco Cake Land

    alyssa! you did a fantastic job – love the “gel” frosting idea, too! thanks for sharing!

  • JudyA

    Just made this today to take for a Mardi Gras cake walk. Adorable! The directions were great. Since I have no experience with fondant and found attempting to use it daunting, I used large marshmallows snipped in half and attached on the diagonal. I also used black licorice for the eyes and mouth and pink Mike & Ike’s cut into smaller pieces for the nose. As mentioned below, the gel frosting might be an even better option. Thanks for the instructions. Will definitely make again.

  • http://www.cococakecupcakes.blogspot.ca/ Coco Cake Land

    wonderful, judy! thanks for chiming in on what you used also – great alternative suggestions! ^__^

  • MI

    I’m totally making this for easter. I also wonder if I can do a little chocolate lambie!

  • http://www.cococakecupcakes.blogspot.ca/ Coco Cake Land

    oh that is so CUTE! i love the marshmallow idea, clever! thanks for sharing with me! xo

  • http://www.cococakecupcakes.blogspot.ca/ Coco Cake Land

    oh it’s adorable!! mmmm mascarpone icing! great job!

  • http://www.cococakecupcakes.blogspot.ca/ Coco Cake Land

    yes, a chocolate lambie would be ADORABLE. xo

  • http://www.cococakecupcakes.blogspot.ca/ Coco Cake Land

    hi courtney! try this – http://www.marthastewart.com/255817/magnolia-bakery-vanilla-buttercream! however, i usually use half the amount of icing sugar that most recipes call for – it’s pretty forgiving so feel free to experiment! have fun!

  • Brandi Lewis

    Made it today for Easter I used curing gel instead of fondant. Used the left over unused frosting dyed it yellow and made a chick

  • Brandi Lewis

    It’s not letting me upload my photos :( I’ll try again later

  • Brandi Lewis

    made for easter

  • Charlotte

    I made this cake a few days ago for Easter dinner and it was a big hit! I used vanilla buttercream icing and chocolate cake. I used cut marshmallows for the ears and darker pink icing for the nose and inner ears. For the eyes and mouth I used melted chocolate that I applied with a toothpick. Turned out great. Thanks so much for the tutorial!

  • Charlotte

    I made this cake a few days ago for Easter dinner and it was a big hit! I used vanilla buttercream icing and chocolate cake. I used cut marshmallows for the ears and darker pink icing for the nose and inner ears. For the eyes and mouth I used melted chocolate that I applied with a toothpick. Turned out great. Thanks so much for the tutorial! Here is the picture

  • thehomejournalist

    I made this cake today for my daughter who also has a lamb she can’t sleep without. It was perfect! She absolutely loved it.

  • http://www.handmadecharlotte.com/ Rachel Faucett

    Oh how fun! We would love to see pics! We love on a farm too! Rachel

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  • http://www.handmadecharlotte.com/ Rachel Faucett

    That’s so awesome, thanks for sharing!

  • Lindsay H

    Just made today for my daughter’s first birthday. Thank you for a great tutorial! It turned out so cute!

  • Guest

    Thank you for the tutorial! I used it to make a “Year of the Ram” cake as a gift for some Chinese friends celebrating their New Year’s.

  • Guest

    cake

  • Cake 4 Fun

    Thank you for the tutorial! I followed it to make a “Year of the Ram” cake for some Chinese friends.

  • Lolo Chan

    Thanks for your idea! And it’s the cream cake I made! :)

  • Kat

    Great inspiration, thanks! Here’s my Easter lamb….

  • AnitaLinda

    Here’s our LambCake for Easter 2016! Wonderful idea!

  • http://www.handmadecharlotte.com/ handmadecharlotte

    So fantastic, love it!