Items you will need
- Half sheet pan sheet cake, baked and cooled
- 11-by-18-inch cardboard piece
- Carving knife, large and small
- Melon baller
Lizards are part of a large group of reptiles that are relatively small in size. These reptiles are known for their vibrantly colored skin and their twisting s-type body. Capturing the detail of a lizard in a cake can pose a challenge, especially if you are new at cake decorating. Rather than carve a cake freehand and run the risk of taking off too much cake at once, the use of a cake guide or carving guide is usually the safest option.
Sketch a lizard body on a large piece of cardboard. Use sample photos online or from a magazine. Do not worry about sketching any details inside the lizard’s body and focus only on the overall shape.
Cut out the lizard shape on the cardboard with scissors. Hold the cut template up to your prebaked sheet cake to ensure the entire body will fit. Size the body shape down accordingly.
Place the cardboard shape on top of the sheet cake. Press the cardboard down gently with one hand and use the other hand to carve the cake out around the shape. Cut small sections at a time and remove scrap pieces before continuing on.
Lift away the cardboard template and ensure you did not miss any sections of the lizard’s body. Use a smaller carving knife to cut out details of the feet.
Remove sections of cake where the eyes will go with a melon baller.You will place rolled balls of fondant here later to form more realistic eyes.
Cover the cake with a smooth layer of fondant and add details using fondant cut outs or a brush to finish.