Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Five Fantastic Cakes with Step-By-Step Videos to Make Them

What’s that on your dining room table? A butterfly? A caterpillar? No, wait! It’s a soccer ball! There’s also a huge fire engine. And they’re all edible! Really?

All true, but guess what? They’re C-A-K-E-S! Each one is a clever combination of cakes baked, cut, assembled and frosted to look like a critter, food or fun item. Best of all, you can make each one in your own kitchen! It’s easier than you think! All start with basic vanilla layer cakes, and then get fancy with the frosting. Just be sure to give yourself extra time, recommends Emily Brune, former content director and now the owner of Starlight Desserts in Seattle, who designed and put together half of the cakes. These adorable and fun cakes take some care to assemble, so it’s best to spread out the process over a couple of days—bake the cake one day, cut and shape it the next, and finish it up with crumb coating and decorating the day before you want to serve it.

To guide you, check out Allrecipes’ video series showing tips and techniques for creating and decorating more than 40 fancy cakes. The whimsical creations are perfect for birthday celebrations, holidays or family milestones. Click each cake name below to see its video and discover tips and tricks to create a cake everyone will remember!

Have you created a cake that looks like something other than a cake? Tell us about it! Send a photo to We’d love to see it!

Volcano Cake

Caterpillar Cake

Soccer Ball Cake

Butterfly Cake

Fire Engine Cake

Bunny Cake

Cheeseburger Cake