The brief was a happy brown dog with houses for 5 year old Rachel and that was it not a lot to go one except it needed to be vanilla sponge for 10people.
I started with a sketch of a work in progress.
I started with 3 layers of 7" round vanilla sponge filled with vanilla buttercream and seedless raspberry jam then coated them with a peppermint green buttercream to the sides of the cake. I cut out a round of mid green sugar paste and placed it onto of the cake.
The cake board was covered in poppy red sugar paste and the cake placed off centre on top.
I made the happy brown dog complete with red collar and golden dog tag he came out a little larger than I anticipated so I just went with it as he was sooooo cute! Because of the size of the model I had to place he houses to the front of the cake otherwise I would run the risk of the dog looking like 'Digby'.
I made the houses using shades of brick with one house having a thatched roof ( it just seemed more romantic) I used sugar paste and stuff them to the buttercreamed sides of the cake.
The finishing detail was the writing a large number '5' using white sugar paste rolled out thinly to create the shape on top of the cake.I then used this technique to create 'Rachel' on the cake board. The finishing touch was a a red gingham ribbon around pad the board. And voila the cake is complete.