Lions, and tigers and bears…oh my! Today I am showing you how to make a surprise inside Tiger Cake. This animal print cake is perfect for a children’s birthday party or for a jungle themed party! Inside black, orange and white will shock your guests, and you’ll be pleasantly surprised at how easy everything is to do in this cake decorating tutorial.
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Making a Rainbow Leopard Cake and a Pink Zebra Cake was so much fun, so I wanted to do another animal print themed cake. Being that tigers are so beautiful, I wanted to tackle a tiger print cake. This cake is easily adaptable for different colour themes- who says a tiger has to be orange and black, right? Well, evolution does, but that’s not my point. Hosting a tiger themed birthday party would be so much fun to put together and have this cake be the center piece. It’s just perfect for it- or a jungle party, or a safari party or a zoo party or a wild animal party! The possibilities are pretty much endless.
In decorating this cake I use a dry brush to get the look of the animal fur. The brush strokes give the effect of the fur so that the black stripes look better integrated into the cake in this way. Letting the base buttercream crust slightly (which it will do if you are using my homemade buttercream recipe) helps to prevent colour blend into the black stripes. When initally blending the yellow and white buttercreams into the base orange, use a small offset spatula to carefully blend the edges of each colour into each of the layers.
Layering the colours for the surprise inside is simple, other than that when adding additional batter, make sure that you pour it directly on top of the previous colour. The weight of the cake batter will cause the layers to spread out to the edges. If you need to, tap the pan on the counter to help the spread along. Tapping the pan will also help to remove any air bubbles that might be trapped from the addition of the various layers of colours.
Surprise Inside Tiger Cake
- Vanilla Cake Batter plain, orange and black
- Vanilla Buttercream, orange, white, black, yellow
- Marshmallows (regular size)
- Preheat oven to 350F/180C. Spray two 8″ round cake pans with non-stick spray.
- In the center of each cake pan, place a 1/4 cup of black cake batter. Place 1/4 cup of orange batter directly on top of the black batter. Repeat with black, and then orange batter again.
- Next add 1/4 cup of plain batter and repeat with black and orange again. Add plain batter every third addition of orange and black.
- Bake in preheated oven for 35-45 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Allow cakes to cool for 10 minutes in the pans before removing and placing onto a cooling rack. Allow to cool completely before leveling.
- Place one leveled cake layer slightly off center on a cake board, secure with a swipe of buttercream and cover top with orange buttercream. Place second layer on top of first, and cover entire cake in orange buttercream.
- Apply to stripes of yellow buttercream across the top of the cake and blend into the orange buttercream with an offset spatula.
- Add a single line of white buttercream down the center of the yellow buttercream and blend in.
- Apply thin lines of black buttercream from the white area outwards towards the edge of the cake. Use a dry paintbrush to spread the buttercream to give the effect of animal fur. Continue the black stripes down the sides of the cake. Keep the black lines thin near the white area, and wider the further it is from the white area.
- To make the tail, line the marshmallows up from the front to the back of the cake and attach to the cake board with a swipe of buttercream on each. Cover all of them in orange buttercream. Apply a yellow and white stripe of buttercream down the top of the tail, and smooth out with an offset spatula.
- Stripe the tail with a dry paintbrush as was done on the cake.
- Serve cake when desired. Cake is best kept in a sealed container in the fridge and consumed within 2-3 days.
Watch the Rainbow Leopard Cake:
Watch the Pink Zebra Cake: