Walrus Cake (Wally, for short!)

This spring I had the opportunity to make a Walrus for a wedding/groom’s cake. I was really excited (and nervous) about making him. The customer asked that I try to replicate this picture.

I fell in love with Wally (that’s what I called him) while making him. In fact, my entire family fell in love, so it was hard to bring him to his final destination! He was a lot of fun to make, and while he didn’t end up looking exactly like the picture he was modeled after, he had his own distinct personality.

Need to make your own Wally? Here is a quick guide for you. You’ll want to use a pound cake or Madiera cake recipe that is good for sculpting. Also keep in mind that you don’t want too much icing between the levels of cake.

  1. Bake your cakes and allow them to cool. I used two 12-inch round cakes for my walrus. Prepare a thick buttercream frosting. Cut out your cake board to desired shape and then begin sculpting your cakes.
  2. Add height to your walrus and then add his head. Use your knife to trim little pieces of cake as needed. Place all the cake trimmings in a bowl. You’ll use them in step 3.
  3. Combine all the cake trimmings with frosting and mix until you have a nice, spreadable mix.
  4. Use an offset spatula to spread the mix over the top of the sculpted cake. Smooth out any imperfections until you reach your desired coverage.
  5. Roll out your chocolate fondant (I love this one  from Albert Uster Imports) and cover Wally. I covered each limb one at a time.
  6. Continue covering his body and adding details.
  7. Now cover his head, being careful to trim carefully to avoid noticeable seams.
    * You may also do this all in one step by covering his entire body. I opted for smaller areas because he was so large.
  8. Begin to add his features.
  9. Add his tusks. The tusks are made from gum paste  and are held into his head with straws.

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