I made this pig birthday cake for my sister’s birthday. The cake was requested by her husband for her 33rd birthday. And he let me decide on the theme for the cake. He knew I would choose something sarcastic or humorous and was perfectly ok with it.
I simply love it when I am left to decide on the design of cakes. It allows me to come up with something unique for the cake design. And that was exactly what I did for this cake.
My sister used to be nicknamed ‘piggy’ at home. So I decided there could not be a better theme for her than a piggy themed cake for her birthday.
A pig birthday cake design with a touch of humor
The design of this birthday cake was inspired by this hippo in a bathtub design created by Maisie Parrish in her book Fun and Original Character Cakes. I decided to use some of the elements on that design into my pig birthday cake and changed the hippo to a piggy.
I must say, this was a super fun cake to decorate. This was partly because I got a good chance of getting on at my sister. And also partly because I got to decide on the design. The cake itself was the bathtub and it was a rather small cake. The rest of the decorations were all in fondant and gum paste.
All in all, I hope you will find this pig cake design as exciting as I did decorating it.
How to Make a Pig Birthday Cake
These were the main supplies I used to decorate this cake:
- Cake – the cake was baked in oval-shaped cake pans. I used my butter pound cake recipe for the cake.
- Buttercream – Buttercream was used to fill the cake layers as well as to crumb coat the cake.
- Fondant – The entire cake was covered in fondant, including the cake board. I used Satin Ice in white, red, pink, and blue. I also tinted some white in moss green for the tiny leaves on the cake board.
- Gum paste – I used very little gum paste in this project ie to make the headwrap for the pig. I tinted the gum paste in Ivory food color.
- CMC powder
- Flower plunger cutter – I used this to cut out the tiny flower on the pig’s head wrap.
- Square plunger cutter – I used the largest cutter for the checked patterns on the cake board.
- Pizza cutting wheel
- FMM Block Letters cutter
- Wilton Pattern Press set
- Sugar craft knife
- Fondant glue
And this was how I put the pig birthday cake together:
Baking the cakes
- I started by baking the cake first. For this project, the cake made up the bathtub. And I baked it in 2 oval-shaped cake tins and that was the closest shape cake tin that I had to that of a bathtub.
The checkered cake board design
- While waiting for the cakes to bake, I prepared the checked cake board. To achieve the checked pattern on the board, I simply used my square plunger cutter and cut out a reasonable amount of pink and white squares. I then arranged them on my cake board that has been generously applied with shortening. The shortening acted as glue to hold the fondant cutouts in place and also made it easy to re-position the cutouts without affecting their shape.
- For the edges, I went on and added square cutouts even though parts of them were sticking outside the cake board. I carried on attaching the squares until the entire cake board was covered. And then I turned the cake board over. I used my pizza cutting wheel to trim off all the excess square cutouts that were sticking outside the perimeter of the cake board.
- And then I turned the cake board over again and left it aside for later use. For easier handling of the square fondant cutouts, I actually left them to rest for a few minutes after cutting. This was to allow them to harden slightly before arranging them on my cake board. That way, the square shapes of the cutouts remained perfectly angled as they were cut.
Pig birthday cake
Carving the bath tub birthday cake
- Once the cakes were baked and have cooled down, I leveled and sandwiched them together with buttercream. I then trimmed and refined the shape of the cake to assemble that of a bathtub. To do this, I rounded the top edges of the cake. This was to become the bottom of the cake (i.e. the bathtub). And I did it this way as it was so much easier to carve the cake this way. With the cake still in the same upside-down position, I applied a thin layer of buttercream. After that, I covered it with white fondant.
- I smoothed the fondant well, trimmed off the excess and then, turned the cake over onto a cake board. Upon turning, the bottom of the cake was now the earlier rounded top of the cake and the earlier bottom of the cake has now become the top.
- Next, I added the trimming to the top edges of the bath tub. To do this, I rolled a long thick piece of white strip. And I attached it all round the top edges of the bath tub. I then carefully lifted the bathtub and transferred it onto my earlier prepared pink and white checked cake board. I placed the bathtub cake towards the end of the cake board. This is to allow some space on the front on the cake for the birthday wordings.
A cute pig birthday cake with a 3D pig in a bath tub shaped cake
The 3D fondant pig
- And then I made the pig. I used pink tinted fondant and added some CMC to it. This is so that the piggy would hold its shaped and dry firmer. I started with the body and then made the head. After that, I added all the facial features including the towel wrapping. I made the towel with gum paste. Gum paste is much more elastic and was able to be twisted without tearing.
- I attached the head to the body using glue and added both its arms. And then I placed the body (without the legs) onto the bathtub cake. I positioned it such that the head was resting on the edge of the bathtub.
- Next, I formed the legs and added them on. Next, I added the large blue fondant brush which I attached to the pig’s hand using glue. The brush bristles were made with tiny white hand-shaped balls.
The bubbles in the bath tub cake
- After that, I pinched lots of white fondant pieces in random sizes. I formed them into smooth round balls and added them randomly into the bathtub. Where needed, I used shortening to them to hold them in place.
A fondant pig in the bath tub birthday cake
The birthday cake wordings
- With that, the pig and the bathtub were done. Next were the birthday cake wordings. I cut the letters in white using my FMM block letter cutters. I arranged them on a brown plaque which was cut by hand using the pizza cutting wheel. For added deco, I used my old Wilton pattern press tools to press the scrolls designs around the edges of the brown cut out. I attached the letters plaque on the cake board, right in front of the bathtub cake.
Hand rolled roses
- Finally, I added some tiny hand-rolled red roses and hand-formed green leaves on 3 sides of the fondant plaque cut out. I secured these in place with glue.
Pig in the Bath Tub Cake – A Pig Birthday Cake Design
And with that, the pig birthday cake was complete.
Hope you enjoyed this sharing.
Pig Birthday Cake
Happy Decorating 🙂