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Pete the Puppy Cake

As I wind down my animal cake series, I knew I needed to make a puppy! To mix things up, I decided to make Pete with maple cake layers, and a maple buttercream. I also used some fondant accents to create his face, and a touch of cocoa to shade some of his fur. The recipe can be found below:

Maple Cake Batter:

  • 3.25 cup flour
  • 3 cups granulated sugar
  • 2.5 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter (2 sticks), room temperature
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 cup egg whites (about 7 large egg whites)
  • 1.5 cups buttermilk, room temperature
  • 1 Tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp. maple extract (optional)

Maple Buttercream:

  • 6 sticks (3 cups) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 12 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 2 Tbsp. heavy cream
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1.5 tsp. maple extract


  • pink fondant
  • white fondant
  • black fondant
  • grass piping tip
  • small paint brush
  • cocoa powder
  • parchment paper


Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease and line three 8? round pans.

Mix together all dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt) in a stand mixer with a paddle until fully combined.Mix chunks of butter slowly into the dry mix on a low speed. Continue to mix until no chunks of butter remain, and the mixture becomes crumbly. In a separate bowl, combine all wet ingredients (vanilla extract, egg whites, buttermilk, and vegetable oil), and whisk to combine. On low speed, add 1/3 of the liquid ingredients to the dry/butter mixture. Mix until fully incorporated, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed. Mix in the remaining wet ingredients in two installments, on a medium-high speed until fully incorporated.

Divide evenly between the prepared cake pans. Bake for 30 minutes, or until a skewer comes out clean. Allow to cool for 10 minutes, then run an offset spatula around perimeter of the pan to separate the cake from the pan. Place cake layers on a rack to finish cooling.

While the layers bake,  make the fondant cake decorations. I used just a touch of pink fondant to make a small tongue, and shaped an oval out of black fondant for the nose. I also used some circle cookie cutters for Pete’s eyes. Place prepared fondant onto parchment paper to allow it to firm.

Next, prepare the frosting. Beat the butter on high for 30 seconds with a paddle attachment, until smooth. Slowly add in the powdered sugar, 1 cup at a time. Alternate with cream, adding 1 tablespoon at a time. Once fully mixed, add in the vanilla and salt, and beat on medium low until the ingredients are fully incorporated, and the desired consistency is reached. If the frosting is too thick, add in cream (1 teaspoon at a time). If the frosting is too thin, add in more powdered sugar (quarter of a cup at a time).

To assemble the cake, frost each cake layer with yellow buttercream, and apply a thin crumb coat. Freeze cake for 5 minutes to allow the crumb coat to set.  Make a small mound in the center of the cake for the puppy’s snout, and add two oblong mounts onto opposite sides of the cake for the puppies ears .


Place remaining frosting into a piping bag with a grass tip, and pipe “fur” onto the entire cake. Add fondant accents (eyes, nose, and tongue onto the cake. Place cake into the fridge for 15 minutes to allow the buttercream to firm. I also added a bit of cocoa to the tips of the ears and the snout using a small, clean paint brush.


Eric Hofmann

Monday 23rd of November 2020

@Chelsweets, thank you for Pete! I turned it into Lila the Labradoodle (my daughter named it) and it was fabulous! Made an Ina Garten Chicolate cake (Beatty’s) and all the accents were edible. Meaning, no fondant! I’m anti-fondant. Used Oreos and frosting for the eyes, an Oreo for the nose (who knew you could cut Oreos with scissors!) and tape bubble gum for the tongue. Oh, and powdered sugar in lieu of cocoa since we inverted the colors. Thanks again! Wish I could send you a few pics.


Wednesday 14th of March 2018

What kind of flour did you use? Self raising?

It looks as if you have 2 types of buttercream, one white and one tan coloured- is the recipe the same for both?


Wednesday 14th of March 2018

all purpose! same recipe, just added a bit of cocoa to make the tan frosting for the fur!


Saturday 24th of June 2017

I'm making this cake for a friend's daughters 1st birthday. They're requesting cream cheese frosting. Could I decorate this cake using cream cheese frosting? If so, do you have a recipe to recommend?


Saturday 24th of June 2017

I think it would be more difficult to pipe with cream cheese frosting, but I've never tried it before!


Wednesday 26th of April 2017

I want to make the rose water cake but decorate it like this dog cake. How can I get the exact same colors of the dog cake but have it taste the exact same as the rose cake?


Wednesday 26th of April 2017

I'd just swap out the extracts!

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