This Easter lamb cake is so adorable, you’ll want to make one every year! It really is simple,too. The secret is in your supplies. 😀 These cupcakes are really cute on the side, or all by themselves!
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The first step is having the right cake. I don’t think I’ve ever made a cake from scratch in my life, and I get compliments on them all the time. I use a good mix, large eggs, and put in a lot of love. I always tell the kids that’s Mommy’s baking secret 😉 . For this cake it is VERY IMPORTANT that it is the correct consistency or it will fall apart. Mixes are actually recommended, otherwise it should be something heavier, like a pound cake. I used a regular Pillsbury mix for this one.
Next, you need the pan. My pan was given to me by my grandmother, after many Easters of her lamb cakes. But, it is still available. There are also newer versions. For the pan I used, click HERE or on the image.
If you’d prefer a different version, click HERE or on the image below.
Prepare and bake as usual, distributing batter between front and back parts of pan. After cake has baked and cooled, use knife to skim off “hump” on each side.
Remove from pan and ice backside of 2 parts so you can stick them together. I assembled them onto a cutting board you can find HERE, that I had set on top of a cake decorating turntable. Check one out HERE. You will not believe how much easier it is to ice and decorate a cake when you can spin it.
Start by putting a smooth layer over the lamb’s face area. The smooth icing part is where I always take a trip to sucksville, but this time it didn’t turn out too bad. Next I used an icing/piping bag and Wilton tip #18 to make the lamb’s “wool”. If these aren’t supplies you have, you can either click HERE and HERE to find them (or if wanting to start a good decorating tip set click HERE), or if this might be your one time thing, this is how to do it: In most grocery stores there are mini sets of decorating tips, usually plastic. They should have a star tip in that set, which is what #18 is, so you can make that work. Take a food storage bag, snip off a very small corner, and stick tip through opening. Add icing to bag. Done.
There are a few techniques you can use to make it resemble wool. I used a swirl motion like this:
Yes, I realize that looks like a drunk monkey did it. It was much harder than I thought to draw online on an editing site. This was actually as good as it got!
Once the wool was finished, I had to add the facial features. I was very hesitant to color a bit of icing black and pipe on the dots. I was afraid it would run, or be crooked, and I knew as soon as I started trying to fix it, it would become a huge mess and undo my work. I had my handy helper Dax working on the cake with me and thought I’d see if he had any ideas. I mean, what 4-year-old can’t come up with awesome ideas for everything? In about half a second he came up with cutting up a raisin. My little genius. I thought it worked perfectly, because I could shape them exactly as I wanted in a snip then smush method, and they weren’t so dark they looked creepy. For the nose I used a pink decorating bead. I have these in multiple colors, and you can usually find at least a small pack at the grocery store also.
The finishing touch was to surround with Easter basket grass. It makes for an awesome display, and when it’s time to serve, just remove grass and well, what do you know, it’s already on a cutting board. Now who’s a genius? 😎
For the side cupcakes, I just gathered a few supplies to decorate some cupcakes with white icing. Bunny and pastel cupcake liners, pastel sprinkles, and, of course, bunny feet! If you can’t find these at the store, just click on image.
These also have the pink beads for cake above…….
Simple, pretty cupcakes!
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