- 10 inch round cake (can also use 8 or 9 inch, but the pictures show a 10 inch cake)
- Serrated knife - to sculpt the cake
- Chocolate and Vanilla Icing (can be store bought)
- Decorators Bags (2)
- Grass and hair decorating tip (I used Wilton tip 233) - having 2 of these would be helpful because you need to switch from one icing color to the other.
- zippered sandwich bag
- Chocolate Chips (2) for the eyes - I used standard sized chips - not the minis
- Small cinnamon candy or small red round or heart shaped sprinkle (1) for the nose
Step 1: Carving the Cake
Once the cake has cooled, carve it as shown. The head and four legs are separate pieces. The body and tail are all one piece. The pieces don't have to be perfectly sculpted. They just define the basic ferret shape. Position your pieces on your serving plate.
Step 2: Prepping Your Icing
Place the marbled icing in one of your decorating bags. Squeeze the air out and twist the top of the decorating bag.
Step 3: Icing the Body and Tail
Starting at the tip of the tail, begin piping on the icing in the direction of the tail end. You want the "fur" to lay towards the back instead of straight up. Once you cover an area that will have a leg piece against it, lightly press the leg into place in the icing and cover with icing as you did the tail and body, this time pulling the "fur" down towards the plate.
Step 4: Attaching and Icing the Head
Once the chocolate icing is completed, clean your decorating tip (but do not discard your leftover chocolate icing), place it in a new decorating bag and fill the bag with white icing. Fill in the parts of the face that need the white icing. If you are using 2 decorating bags with tips, you can alternate between your icing colors instead of completely finishing one color before starting the next.
Place a small amount of your leftover chocolate icing in a zippered sandwich bag. Squeeze out the air and close the bag. Using your scissors, snip of a tiny piece off one of the bottom corners of the bag. Twist the sandwich bag as you did the decorating bag with all of the icing pressed toward the snipped corner. Using the sandwich bag, pipe two "C's" on the top of the ferret head for ears.
Position the cinnamon candy for the nose and the chocolate chips for the eyes.
Using the edge of a knife, dab a small bit of white icing on the eyes to highlight them.
All done! Enjoy!