DIY Fluffy Lamb Cake Decorating Tutorial

DIY Fluffy Lamb Cake Decorating Tutorial

Need an idea for your lit­tle one’s next birth­day party? Make a sweet, fluffy lamb cake with this sim­ple 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!

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  • 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! ^__^

  • http://ehkitchen.net/ 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!