A few weeks ago, a dream of mine came true. I got to make a sloth cake. A friend of mine’s daughter loves sloths as much as I do and requested a cake that resembled our shared love. I have been loving the Ateco french star tip lately and thought this would be the perfect opportunity to use it. To make this cake, I used fondant colored tan, medium brown, and dark brown. The eyes, nose, and mouth can be piped with buttercream if you want, though.
Ateco plain #8, 808: This tip is extremely versatile and one you’ll use again and again. Decorate cupcakes, crumb coat a cake, or make the eyes on this little sloth cake!
Ateco french star medium, 866: This is my favorite frosting tip as of late. I love to use it on mini cupcakes and for simpler designs like this cake. If you’re making an 8″ cake or larger, this is the tip I would suggest using to make the brown fur.
Ateco french star medium, 864: I wanted to include the tip you’d use if your cake was smaller than 8″. It is the perfect size star for a smaller sloth.
After you make your frosting, you’ll want to crumb coat your cake first. Use a frosting bag fitted with your plain round tip and some uncolored frosting.
Pipe frosting all the way around the sides of the cake and on top. Put it on much thicker on top because this part will show when the cake is finished. Using an offset spatula, scrape the sides of the cake until a thin layer of frosting is left. You’ll be able to see the cake through the frosting. Discard frosting that you scrape off in a separate bowl because it will have crumbs in it. Smooth the frosting on the top of the cake: you should not be able to see the cake through the top frosting.
Take the remainder of your frosting and add 2-3 drops of brown food gel coloring to achieve this medium brown. Starting at the bottom of the cake, pipe stars, completely covering all sides of the cake. On the top, pipe stars in the outline of the face first, then fill in the space between the edges of the cake and the face outline.
Then take a hand full of fondant and color it tan by adding the smallest touch of brown possible. Sometimes just wiping the gel leftover on the nozzle of the bottle on your fondant. I really mean a very small amount. Roll it out using a rolling pin to 1/8″ thick. Cut out the mouth outline shape with a sharp knife. Use your finger to smooth the sides of it and place it on top of your cake.
Take the same leftover fondant and add a drop of brown to make the eye outlines. Roll it out with a rolling pin and cut out the eye outline shapes and place them on your cake.
Take the same leftover fondant and add a couple more drops of brown food gel coloring. Shape into discs to make eyes and a nose. Use the end of a pencil to make nostril indentations. Use white fondant to make mouth and pupils.
The last step is to give this cake to someone you love and they’ll be tied to you forever by the bonds of love! Mwahaha!