I've decided to take up surgery as a hobby. To be more specific, Species Changing Surgery. I have all I need: knives, prosthesis, frosting. No training needed, on the job experience is enough. Did I mention that the animals I'm working on are made of cake? That's right, I recently turned a teddy bear into an elephant. (Or as my friend called it, an teddyphant)
I've shown before my transformation of this same teddy bear into a monkey. In case you missed it, here is the before/ after.
For Joseph's birthday I transformed the same teddy bear into an elephant. I actually got the idea from the pan maker's site (Wilton Stand Up Cuddly Bear) He had wanted one for at least the last 7 months. Here is the process
WASC (White Almond Sour Cream), which uses a box mix and tastes yummy while adding density.
2- Cut out elephant ears from cardboard. Wrap in aluminum foil. Tape dowel rods to back. Add dowel rods to marshmallow for arms and trunk. (I put 4 for the trunk, but cut one off at the end because it was too long.)
3- Make buttercream frosting and use Wilton gel dyes to color. I needed white, black, pink and LOTS of gray.
4- Frost front of ears pink. The edges don't matter as they will be covered by gray.
5- Cut off bear ears. Add elephant ears, arms, and trunk by inserting dowels into cake. Frost bottom of feet pink. Frost eyes following (more or less) shape of cake.
6- Start adding gray. Continue adding gray until you think there is nothing left in life but making tiny gray stars. Then take a break for a couple minutes to regain sanity and continue. (see how the trunk it too long? Looks much better in the final picture with just three marshmallows).
7- Add finishing touches like outlining the eyes, adding small white tusks, making gray frosting dots along hands and feet for toes, and writing "Happy Birthday."
8- Make a wish and blow out candles.