If the man or woman in your life is an avid hunter, there is no better treat than a dear head cake. To sculpt a deer head cake, you need to make the mount and body using regular cake, and form the head out of Rice Krispies and marshmallows. Use a picture as a reference and get creative to make a cake shaped like a deer that will delight everyone who sees it.
Things You'll Need
- 4 boxes of cake mix
- 12x18 sheet cake pan
- 2 8-inch round cake pans
- 22-gauge wire
- Light brown fondant
- Rolling pin
- Large square cake plate or cardboard
- 3 Tbsp. butter
- 1 10-ounce package regular size marshmallows
- 6 cups Rice Krispies cereal
- Serrated knife
- Dark brown icing
- Light brown icing
Prepare cake mix according to the directions on the box. Pour half of the batter into a 12x18 sheet cake pan, and separate the remaining batter into the 2 round cake pans. Bake as directed, and then cool completely.
Shape the 22-gauge wire to look like deer antlers. Cut a piece of wire that is six to eight inches long, and curve it to the right. Wrap a shorter piece of wire near the bottom, middle and top of the curved wire, so that all of the shorter pieces face in the same direction. Cut another piece of wire in the same length as the first, and curve it in the opposite direction, so that if you lay both "antlers" on the table, they are curving towards each other. Attach the three shorter pieces of wire in the same way that you did with the 1st longer piece of wire, making sure all pieces face the 1st antler.
Roll out a ball of light brown fondant until it is about ¼ inch thick. Cut the fondant into strips and meld it around the wire antlers, covering the wire completely.
Melt the butter and marshmallows in a saucepan over medium heat. When the mixture is completely melted, add the Rice Krispies cereal and fold the cereal into the marshmallow until it is completely covered. Dump the mixture onto wax paper, and as it cools, shape it into a deer head. To do this, separate the mixture into two parts, form one part into a ball to make the deer's head, and mold the other half into a tube shape with one rounded end. This forms the deer's snout and nose. Press the tube shape into the ball. Allow the mixture to cool.
Use a toothpick to trace a deer mount onto the sheet cake. Use a picture to guide you. The mount should be the same height and width as the sheet cake; you only need to trim the bottom into a pointed shape and give the top of the cake a scalloped edge. Ice the sheet cake in dark brown frosting.
Lay one round cake flat about two inches from the bottom of the sheet cake "mount." Place the other round cake at an angle on top of the first cake, so that the top of the cake is touching the sheet cake, and the bottom is elevated onto the first cake. Slide some of the cake you cut away from the sheet cake underneath the second cake to support it. Ice the deer neck and body in light brown frosting. Use a strip of leftover fondant from the antlers to make a lighter colored brown patch down the center of the deer's body.
Place the Rice Krispie head on top of the deer body cake, and slide the antlers into the head. Use black icing to draw on the deer's eyes and black nose.
Tips & Warnings
- Use a rod to attach the head to the body if you are going to be moving the cake or want it to be more secure.
- Warn guests that the antlers have wire inside them so they don't eat them and injure their mouths or teeth.
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