This cake was for my cousin's son (who I guess is also my cousin...duh!). Anyway, he's a teenage boy who loves LSU (Louisiana State University.... if you don't know colleges) and he wanted an LSU cake!
His mom sent me this picture of the Fleur de Lis Eye of the Tiger... a classic LSU image. So, since my friend Kristen had already made a cake with this exact image (she's the best!)... I went right ahead and used her design!!
For the Fleur de Lis, I asked Kristen how she did it, and pretty much copied her technique as best I could (through emailed instructions). First, I printed out the image, then used a Xacto blade to cut out each piece like it was a puzzle.
I then traced and cut them out on white, gold (colored with golden yellow gel) and purple fondant, then put it together on the cake. I used my extruder to make the tiny purple border to go around it. The whole process was tedious and time-consuming (and mine is not perfect), but the effect was awesome!
Guess what else I did? I made the inside match with purple and gold tiger stripes... yes I did!
I made my vanilla cake, then split the batter into two bowls and colored it (one gold, one purple). Then I followed my How to Make Zebra Stripes Inside a Cake tutorial to get the tiger stripes effect! Isn't that cool!?!
Here's a very similar cake done mostly in buttercream:
Did I miss anything? Any questions about this cake? Please leave them in the comments and I’m happy to answer & help!