My mom is hosting a cast party for a production of Steel Magnolias and she thought it would be awesome to have an armadillo cake sitting out on the buffet table. So I made one:http://www.fileden.com/files/2006/6/17/73517/IM000001.JPGhttp://www.fileden.com/files/2006/6/17/73517/IM000002.JPGhttp://www.fileden.com/files/2006/6/17/73517/IM000003.JPGhttp://www.fileden.com/files/2006/6/17/73517/IM000004.JPG
I couldn't frost a cake to save my life so there's little bits of red cake through out it. Honestly though, it doesn't bug me - I was having fun
I had a very hard time finding any instructions on how to make this on the internet so, if anyone is interested in making this, here's what you'll need:
- 2 boxes of Red Velvet cake mix
- 1 large container of white icing
- 1 regular size container of either white or (if they make it) red icing
- Red food coloring if you use white icing
- Cocoa powder
- A football shaped cake mold
- A rectangular cake pan, big enough to cut a football shaped piece out of
- A mini loaf pan (The ones that are about 4" X 2")
- Black decorater gel
Just as a tip, whenever you stop working on this cake, PUT IT IN THE FRIDGE! It makes things a lot easier! Oh yeah, it's probably a good idea to make sure you assemble the cake on the plate you're planning on serving it on - I got about half way through frosting it before I realized I was going to have to move it
Make the cake according to the directions on the box. Pour into greased pans (I lined the rectangular pan with tinfoil to ensure it would come out) Don't worry about filling the small loaf pan to the top - it'll rise like crazy (Well, it does in my oven anyway).
Let them cool and put them in the fridge for a couple of hours until they firm up a bit. Take out the small loaf pan cake. Carve into a face shape (It's sort of like a triangle with a rounded back - you might want to look up a picture of an armadillo to decide how to do it).
Next, flatten out the football cake's bottom and the top of the rectangular cake and stack them. Cut the rectangle cake into a football shape using the cake as a guide. Fill with red icing (Or white icing mixed with a bunch of red food coloring. Mine was a little pink, but I think they'll get it
Put the larger container of icing into a mixing bowl and beat with a beater. Add in some cocoa powder and keep adding it until it's a light brown. Color doesn't really matter though. The last time I made one it was purple
Frost the body.
Take 2 or 3 skewers and cut them so they are long enough to go all the way through the body and have about an inch sticking out to hold the face. Stick them into the front of the cake, keeping in mind that that will be where the base of the head will sit. Make sure they are pretty close.
At this point I frosted the head while I was holding it in my hand. It might be easier to frost it after you stick it to the body, but then again, it might rip. Just be careful.
Anyway, after it's attached, touch up any finger marks that may have somehow, mysteriously, planted themselves into the icing, and "texturize" the body. I started at its butt (
), and, using a spoon, sort of dipped the tip of it into the icing, pulled it back, and slid it up and off the cake. It might sound a litle confusing, but just try it - you'll get it. Just repeat, in rows, until you get to the head.
Work some cocoa into the white fondant and grab a semi-large pice. Roll it into a tail shape with a fat base to stick into the cake. Get four equal size lumps, flatten them, and cut them so the each one has three claws.
Now, roll out a little bit and cut two leaf shapes from it. bend it a little in the middle and cinch the bottom ends together. Let them sit out or in the fridge a while to harden, then stick them in the cake. Use the decorater gel to put a "x" in place of the eyes, and enjoy!
I'm going to line my tray with crushed oreos when we get to the party to cover the mess I made with the icing....