Each new cake design takes me on a unique artistic journey, but I most enjoy the process when the theme holds a special place in my heart.
If you know me well, you know that I love dogs because … DOGS ARE AWESOME! Really, what’s there not to love? Dogs embody love, goodness, loyalty, they force you to exercise, and they won’t hog the remote. They will happily sit with you for hours on end while you recover from that nasty flu, and is there anyone else in your life who will greet you with frantic excitement upon your return from a 30-minute trip to the grocery store? Probably not.
From a parenting perspective, dog ownership provides children with an opportunity to connect with animals and teaches responsibility. And then there are the health benefits. The results of a 2012 study by Finnish researchers in the Official Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics concluded the following:
“In multivariate analysis, children having dogs at home were healthier (ie, had fewer respiratory tract symptoms or infections) than children with no dog contacts (adjusted odds ratio, [aOR]: 1.31; 95% confidence interval [CI]: 1.13–1.52). Furthermore, children having dog contacts at home had less frequent otitis (aOR: 0.56; 95% CI: 0.38–0.81) and tended to need fewer courses of antibiotics (aOR: 0.71; 95% CI: 0.52–0.96) than children without such contacts. In univariate analysis, both the weekly amount of contact with dogs and cats and the average yearly amount of contact were associated with decreased respiratory infectious disease morbidity. “
My own dog, a chihuahua named Penny, appears regularly in my blog posts. Behold the cuteness:
Before the cat lovers get all up in arms, I think cats are fab too, but I am highly allergic so I must appreciate them from afar.
Dog vs Cat – The Cake
When my friend asked me to make a cake for her husband’s birthday featuring their pets as figurines, I happily accepted and launched into design mode.
It is important to me that my figurines have character and tell a story. The story behind this cake is the interplay between the dog and the cat. The dog is stealing the spotlight by all-out hamming it up for human attention, and the cat, in true feline fashion, is clearly annoyed at the display. She may even be plotting revenge!
The figurines and paw-print appliqués are made of fondant mixed with a little Tylose powder. Tylose powder, or CMC, quickens the fondant-drying process. The quicker the figurine dries, the less likely it is to warp.