Many many thanks to all of you who sent ideas (and encouragement) after last week’s puppy cake post. I promised follow-up on that cake and food for fun is here to deliver.Its deLizious facebook debut noted a resemblance to the Wizard of Oz’s cowardly lion and it also brings Rowlf of Muppet fame to mind. I’d have done best to follow Anna of Anna’s Cuisine‘s advice but the wheels were already in motion.
In addition to the butter cake layers, I had made another batch of batter and baked it into cupcakes. Next step was the frosting: Quick Fluff Buttercream, from The Marshmallow Fluff Cookbook, was as simple as combining three sticks softened unsalted butter with one seven-ounce jar Marshmallow Fluff. Would something so simple tasty any good?
Turns out no. The frosting was far too greasy, so I stirred in another jar of fluff. A bit sweeter and less oily, the frosting was on the right track. Wanting it thicker, I tossed in a handful of powdered sugar. More flavor? Dash of vanilla. A tablespoon or so of fat-free half-and-half still didn’t give me exactly what I was looking for.
Remembering a sea salt caramel sauce residing in my refrigerator, I figured it a good stir-in. Just starting to sugar out, the caramel sauce added creamy, a bit of brown, lots of sweet, some salt, and a sugary crunch. Stirring in a few large spoonfuls of caramel brought the frosting to just-right status.
Next up: Color. Lacking brown food coloring, I mixed purple, orange, and yellow together into a light brown. For filling the round layers, caramel sauce met more marshmallow fluff. The cupcakes were frosted with a pastry bag and star tip and the cake layers were filled, stacked, and frosted. I almost had my puppy!
Because the birthday girl wanted lead in the final design, I handed the decorating reins over to her. Multicolored m&ms made up curlicue whiskers and wide-open eyes. A puppy figurine landed smack-dab in the middle of these eyes and the big 8 candle took residence on the “puppy’s” left cheek. Cute in a crazy way, but a genuine likeness? Not so much.
Surrounding this crazy puppy cake with DIY marshmallows seemed the obvious choice. Following Shauna Sever’s Marshmallow Madness recipe for Classic Vanilla Marshmallows, I stirred in more of those mini m&ms at the finish for confetti cake ‘mallows.
While not a traditional birthday treat, it went over well and was great fun to put together. Including the birthday girl in the decoration made it all the more special and this is a cake that won’t soon be forgotten. Thank you all for sharing it with me!