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!