Animal Cracker Pan

This cake pan is my favorite cake pan in the whole collection. I absolutely love the animal faces that you can make - they are so cute. Unfortunately I was unable to make every animal that is possible, so I had to pick two to show you. My choices were the monkey and the pig, but it is possible to  make a panda bear, a giraffe, a reindeer, a leprachaun, and a cat.
 
 
 
 The Monkey
 
Materials:
1. cake - this pan takes one cake mix or one two-layer cake
2. a batch of frosting - about 3 cups
3. black food coloring/dye
4. pink food coloring/dye
5. brown food coloring/dye
6. tip 316
7. toothpicks
8. tin foil
 
Time:
To Bake: about 35 minutes, but check the recipe 
To decorate: about two hours. Beware, the star technique is time consuming!
Total: about 3 hours 
 
Decorate:
1. Bake the cake and let it cool
2. Prepare the cake board by covering it in tin foil.
3. Prepare your batch of frosting. All of your frosting should be medium consistency.
4. Start by cutting off the ears of the cake and reattaching them lower on the head to make it more monkey looking. To reattach, sandwich
    both pieces of cake with some frosting, although you don't need a lot.
5. Start with the eyes. Place a little dollop of white frosting on top of the nose portion of the cake. Use a toothpick to shape the white into
    elliptical eyes.
6. In a separate container, dye a small amount of frosting black. You only need about 1/4 of a cup
7. Place some small circles of black onto your white eyes. Again, use your toothpick to shape the frosting
8. Use a toothpick to shape two ellipses as nostrils of the monkey.
9. Roughly outline the mouth of the monkey. It is like an upside down triangle but with curved corners. Fill this area with black frosting and
    use a toothpick to shape it into place.
10. Dye a small amount of the frosting pink. You only need about 1/3 of a cup.
11. Use a toothpick to place an oval of pink frosting at the base of the mouth - that is the tongue.
12. Fill in the ears with pink frosting as well. When you bake the cake the inner ear is indented, that is the area that should be pink
13. With the rest of your white frosting, you want to dye it light brown. Don't add too much dye because to make the dark brown you have
       to add more brown dye to the light brown frosting. Note: it is a good idea to keep a small amount of each color in case you mess up
       one area as you continue to decorate. That way you will have a little bit of frosting left over to fix any imperfections.
14. For the brown frosting you are going to use tip #16 and the star technique. Cover the nose portion of the cake (this part is slightly
      raised). Form the top half of a heart, without the tip, on top of the nose around the eyes, and fill this area with stars.
15. Once you have all areas that need light brown frosted, add more brown dye to the light brown frosting (remembering to keep a little
       light brown frosting in case of a mess up).
16. Once you have your dark brown frosting, cover the rest of the cake in stars.
 
Note: It is recommended to apply a thin layer of frosting on your cake before applying the stars. Otherwise you will have to be very careful with the spacing of the stars. If you want to add this extra layer, you will have to adjust the directions and materials list.
 
 
  
 
The Pig
 
Materials:
1. Cake - this pan takes one box mix or one two-layer cake
2. A batch of frosting - about 3 cups
3. black food coloring/dye
4. pink food coloring/dye
5. toothpicks
6. tip #16
7. tin foil
 
 
Time:
To bake - about 35 minutes but check the recipe
To decorate - about 2 hours. Beware, the star technique is time consuming!
Total - about 3 hours 
 
Decorate:
1. Bake and cool your cake.
2. Prepare your surface by covering it in tin foil
3. Prepare your frosting. All of your frosting should be in medium consistency
4. Tint 1/4 cup black
5. Tint 1/4 cup dark pink
6. Tint the rest (about 2 1/2 cups) light pink
7. Start by using a toothpick to place two circles of black above the nose - these are the eyes
8. Make two smaller circles of black frosting for nostrils on the nose.
9. Make the mouth out of black frosting as well - the shape is almost like a rectangle with the edges turned up
10. Fill in the inner ear with the dark pink icing.
11. Cover the rest of the pig using tip #16 and the star technique. When you get to the outer ear, build up the frosting a little at the tip of the
      ear so that the ear looks more pointed.
 
Note: It is recommended to apply a thin layer of frosting on your cake before applying the stars. Otherwise you will have to be very careful with the spacing of the stars. If you want to add this extra layer, you will have to adjust the directions and materials list.
 
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