Pink Poodle in Paris Cake

February 29, 2008

I know – cheater cheater. I’m using this as an entry in a dessert contest – though I did make the cake two years ago. I wasn’t a blogger at the time – so I didn’t take pics of the stages of the cake. . . but will tell you how I did it. This cake was inspired by a dog cake I’d cut out of a Gourmet Magazine article – long before I had kids – and simply loved beautiful baked goods. I believe it was about a bakery in Philadelphia – though I can’t find the original right now (I’ll give credit when I find it).


So, for the body of this poodle, I baked a yellow cake – in one 9 inch round and one 6 inch round. After cooling, I cut each of the two cakes in half and plopped them on the cut side. The two 9 inch halves are the body in the middle – the two 6 inch halves are the crouching legs on either side of the body. The picture below gives a better idea of how this happened.


The head was made with a store bought sara lee pound cake. Because they are nice and firm – I could easilly carve the head that I needed. I rounded it in the back for the neck – left it pretty square in the middle – and then chopped away about halfway down the front for the eyes and tapered the nose. I’m so sorry there’s not a pic of this step. Maybe if I ever make another. . .

The Classic Buttercream Frosting recipe is from The Artful Cupcake, by Marcianne Miller. It calls for

1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter softened.
2 1/4 cups confectioners sugar
Liquid food coloring
2 T milk or fruit juice (optional)

Cream butter, gradually mix in sugar (says to sift – I don’t sift). Beat until icing is pale and fluffy. Mix in color and milk or juice if desired. I used Wilton Rose for the shocking pink effect.

I iced the whole cake with a spatula – and then used a large star tip for the poofy areas – around the legs, ears, feet and tail. This icing gave it a wonderful feathery effect – very fun.

Well Serendipity, I’ve wanted to post pics of this pup for a while – for those who may be doing a Pink Poodle in Paris Party – so thanks for giving me the push to get it done.



  1. Tres cute! I know my daughter will be asking me to make this for her next birthday. Thank you for entering!

    xoxox Amy

  2. “Pink Poodle in Paris Party”….why haven’t I had one of these before?! Pink Lemonade, Pink Poodle Cake, strawberries in pink pudding…the possibilities are endless!

    This one is really cute!

  3. Adorable!

  4. so nice! must be also very good!

  5. […] Second up, Jodi…. who happens to be Julie’s sister. I was a little confused at first (doesn’t take much, ask Alfredo) & then finally realized that Julie & Jodi share a blog to better keep up with each other. Jodi now lives in Colorado after 15 years in California. She has two children as well, a boy & a girl. Jodi also dabbles in MANY things, just lacks the time to do then all (I hear ya, sista!) She made this adorable Pink Poodle in Paris Cake. […]

  6. Super, super cute! I love it!

  7. My daughter was already planning a pink poodle party for our 3 toy poodles and 1 maltese when she saw your adorable cake! Although not normally a baker by nature, she set to work testing it with a trial cake and voila, made a beautiful perfect cake for our pink poodle party! thanks so much for the idea. You had a fabulous idea!

  8. I’m looking for ideas for my daughter’s 6th birthday! This cake is ADORABLE.. What a cute idea!

  9. toooo cute!!!!!!!!!!

    • Why thank you!

  10. This is brilliant! I am making a chocolate poodle cake for my niece and was trying the hard way…carving it out! This is perfect! Thank you so much for sharing your secrets! Didn’t think of the half circles! I’m starting over! This is SO much easier!

    • Thanks for stopping by the blog Sandie. I’m glad you found my tips useful. I’d love to see a picture!

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