Ever heard the advice "measure twice, cut once?" Unless you are a blackbelt paleolithic pastry chef who can think in three dimensions of cake, you will probably want to make a paper template to design the head, legs, and tail. I drew the template below, and you generally want to cut the paper in the same shapes I used. Mouse over the shapes for a description.
- Cut a 9-inch circle of paper and lay it on top of the second cake. Draw the tail and head in one half, the legs in the other.
- Cut out the paper pieces and arrange them on your body segment to see how they look. Tweak and repeat as necessary.
- When you are feeling lucky, carve 'em and stack 'em. Oh, and you may want to fix the head to the body with some toothpicks. Just in case the birthday party gets a little rowdy.
- Move all pieces to the cake board.
- Use white frosting to join the body halves together, then join the appendages to the body.
- Trim the corners and square edges off the feet and shoulders if you like.