With AP tests and finals approaching, nothing will ease your stress more quickly or easily than looking at adorable frog cakes, with a cuteness so pure that it seems unattainable in your home kitchen. However, creating such a cake is actually easier than it looks—as long as you’re following this guide on how to make your own.
Ingredients and tools:
Two round 8” or 9” cakes, chilled
2-3 cans any white frosting
Large round piping tip, detail tip (optional, but recommended)
Plastic sandwich and/or quart-sized bags, or piping bags
Gel food coloring in green, black, red, yellow and blue
Prepare your cakes according to their instructions. Once they’re warm to the touch, freeze them on dinner plates while you prepare your frosting.
Dye a can and a half of your white frosting light green. Transfer it to a quart-sized bag with the corner cut off, making a hole large enough to fit your index finger. If you have a round piping tip, make sure to put it in the bag before the frosting.
Remove your cakes from the freezer and use a long serrated knife to level each, reserving the tops for later.
Pipe frosting onto the first layer and spread it with an offset spatula. Place the other layer on top, cut-side down, and lightly frost the rest of the cake, making a rough pass to cover all exposed surfaces. Move the finished product to the freezer while you proceed with the next step.
Crumble up the cake tops in a bowl and add a spoonful of frosting, forming a dough-like substance. This will be used to make your frogs. Form two equal-sized balls and shape them into domes. Freeze on wax paper while you proceed.
Remove your cake from the freezer and add more frosting, smoothing to your liking. Once finished, move your cake back to the freezer.
Dye the rest of your light green frosting a touch darker. Move it back to your quart bag and pipe frosting over your frogs. Using a small offset spatula or a paring knife, smooth the frosting and put them back in the freezer.
Once the frosting is no longer malleable, about 10 minutes, remove your frogs from the freezer and place them next to each other atop the cake. Pipe two hemispheres the size of a nickel onto the top of each frog. These will be the eyes. Take some of your extra frosting and dye it black, transferring to a sandwich Ziploc bag, and using a detail piping tip if you have one, pipe eyes and a smile. Use the same method to pipe red blush. If the frosting sticks up anywhere, you can use a slightly wet finger to smooth it down.
Using another Ziploc bag, pipe the arms and legs, with larger dots at the end of each as hands and feet.
With the frosting you have left, feel free to decorate the remainder of your cake with flowers and/or mushrooms or write well-wishes for a special occasion.
Enjoy the overwhelming cuteness. If you end up following this guide, feel free to tag us @dbbullseye on Instagram. We’d love to see your frog cake creations.