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He Can Spot a Party! Cake

Everyone loves this pup ‘cause He Can Spot a Party! Canine-lover’s cake features a make-ahead cookie hat and royal icing dog bones that stay all around the bottom border.


Difficulty: Somewhat Difficult


Step 1

One to two days in advance, make 16 dog bones and cookie hat.

Step 2

To make bones, use tip 9 and royal icing to pipe 1 1/2 in. long line and two tip 9 balls on each end of bone; flatten slightly with finger dipped in cornstarch and let dry.

Step 3

To make hat, cut pattern from cookie dough; bake and cool. Ice hat smooth with blue royal icing and attach stick to back with royal icing; let dry.

Step 4

Bake and cool cake. Trim ears, tail and mane under chin. Ice sides and background areas smooth with spatula in buttercream icing.

Step 5

Trace dog pattern with toothpick. Use tip 3 to outline ears in black, body and facial features in gray and collar in red.

Step 6

Outline and pipe in nose and mouth with tip 3 in black (smooth with finger dipped in cornstarch).

Step 7

Pipe in muzzle, tongue, whites of eyes and pupils with tip 3 (smooth with finger dipped in cornstarch). Pipe in collar with tip 9.

Step 8

Outline and pipe in identification tag and ring with tip 3. Print tip 3 number on tag.

Step 9

Cover body, face, ears and tail with tip 16 stars.

Step 10

Use tip 3 to print name on hat. Insert hat into cake; add pull-out fringe and pom-pom with tip 3.

Step 11

Pipe tip 21 shell bottom border and position bones.