Animal cakes are mostly for kid's birthday parties but they can be made appropriate for all sorts of occasions. There’s a huge trend for cakes to be made of tiered structures decorated with lots of really cute fondant animals, but for my selection of animal cakes I've ignored those. No skills in fondant modeling required here.
1. Lamb Cake
I never thought of sheep as making great subjects for animal cakes but here you go. Those adorable curls are made from white chocolate.
2. Lion Cake
Here's a lion that's not at all scary. You can eat him rather than he eat you.
5. Owl Cake
Lots of buttercream needed for this one.
6. Pig Cake
Ok, so at the beginning I said no fondant modeling, but everyone can make a pair of piggy ears yes?
7. Puppy Cake
Easy to make if you're not confident of your cake sculpting skills.
8. Giraffe Cake
Spots made from toasted coconut flakes - yum!
9. Dolphin Cake
Flipping heck. It's Flipper.
10. Bee Cake
What a cutey.
11. Guinea Pig
Via 6 Bittersweets
Glance quickly and you think it's a real guinea pig.
12. Rabbit Cake
This is the sort of animal cake you can make with limited skills.
13. Doggie Cake
Easier than it looks because there's just a long round or rectangular cake under all that icing fur.
14. Teddy Bear Cake
So cute for baby's birthday or a baby shower.
15. Armadillo Cake
Via Armadillo cake
Don't forget, the innards must be made of red velvet cake (a la Steel Magnolias).
16. Cute Dalmatian Cake
Via Dalmatian Cake
Maybe not so easy.
17. Penguin Cake
Do you know of Pingu? I would so make this cake because I love that crazy penguin.
18. Dog Cake
Via Dog Cake
Oh could anyone bear to cut into this to eat him?
19. Kitty Cake
Anyone should be able to produce this special little cake. You could even use a store bought pound or fruit cake and just decorate it.
20. Cat Cake
Via for ARTS SAKE
He looks kinda scary and hard to make. I think I prefer the previous cat cake.
21. Bass Fish Cake
Remind you of Billy Bass the Talking fish?
22. Owl Cake
Via My Owl Barn
Lots of fondant feathers needed for this.
23. Poodle Cake
24. Cat Cake
What's not to love about cats and chocolate?
25. Dog and Cat Cake
Feline and canine lovers unite.
26. Pig, Cow and Sheep Cake
When you can't decide which farm animal cake to make.
27. Yorkshire Terrier Cake
A work of art.
28. Teddy Bear Cake
I once made a pottery figure of a bear and his fur came from pushing clay through a sieve. I wonder if the same technique is used here.
29. Butterfly Cake
Made from two round sponges. Can you do that, do you think?
30. Lamb Cake
What a sheepish smile!
31. Caterpillar Cake
Via Caterpillar Cake
Change the front end and you could easily make it into a serpent cake.
32. Lion Cake
I love the way his mane is made from easy fondant cutouts.
33. Butterfly Cake
Stock up on lots of food colors for this one.
34. DIY Owl Cake
A chocolate and coffee owl. How wise.
35. Cow Cake
Ermintrude from the Magic Roundabout, anyone?
36. Hedgehog Cake
One of the oldest and most classic animal cakes.
37. Giraffe Cake
Cute beyond cute.
38. Teddy Bear Cake
Via My Cakes
A great excuse to make a whole load of chocolate buttercream. No fighting over who gets to lick the bowl though.
39. Elephant Cake
Jumbo cake for a jumbo party.
40. Fish Cake
Stick candles in to make it a make-a-wish-fish-cake.
41. Spider Cake
For Halloween or a little monster's special day.
42. Whale Cake
Have a whale of a time at a party with this cake.
43. Penguin Cake
Easier than it looks.
44. Black and White Cat Cake
Via Pussy Cat Cake
Fun smiley kitty.
45. Monkey Cake
Via Wyatt's Birthday
The cupcake tail and arms and legs are great.
46. Spooky Centipede Cake
Hope you like black licorice.
47. Ladybug Cake
Another of the classic animal cakes.
48. Puppy Dog Cake
Perfect for a sweet little girl.
49. Wide-Eyed Owl Cake
I've seen quite a few animal cakes made from a single
square cake. It's a very effective decorating technique.
50. Teddy Bear Cake!
Even more chocolate buttercream.
So there you have it. Animal cakes that most of us could probably make a decent go of (and a couple we probably wouldn’t ever attempt). Which would be your favorite animal to bake as a cake?