Canine Cake Attack!

May 13th, 2010 by Shawn Broda

Remember the old school excuse, “The dog ate my homework!” How about, “The dog ate my cake?” That was new to me until 2 weeks ago when it actually happened – the dog ate my cake!

mickey mouse cake before mishapI had to leave town for a business trip the day of my nephew Carter’s 3rd birthday, but I already promised him a Mickey Mouse cake. Shaped pan, Decorator Icing, no worries, Mickey would be easy – Auntie Shawn was on the job!

I decorated the cake the night before and brought it to my sister’s house in the morning before I left – it was adorable! The kids ooh’d and ahh’d over the cake and helped me decorate the coordinating cupcakes. Just as we were finishing up and saying our goodbyes, I heard my brother-in-law shout, “Wrigley, no!” Unfortunately, Wrigley is their Wheaton Terrier – still a puppy, but tall enough to reach the top of the washing machine where we put the cake. Wrigley was pawing at the cake, trying to pull it down, and took out Mickey’s face below the nose in the process. Ack!

Once the shock wore off, I realized I needed a quick fix or I would be late for my flight, so we sprung into action. I performed emergency surgery and sliced off the doggie-mangled portion of the cake, and I used the white icing left over from the cupcakes to ice the open side of the cake. Luckily, my sister had a black icing tube on hand, so I used a star tip to repair the edge of the ear that was damaged and redo the border. Add a number “3” in the newly open space on the cake board, and voila! The cake was in good enough shape for Carter to blow out his candle (and this didn’t traumatize him at all, he thought it was neat that Wrigley wanted to share his cake, what a trooper!).

I gave my sister a picture of the pre-mangled cake to show at the party, and they picked up a 1/4 sheet cake at the grocery store just to make sure they had enough dessert. When I checked in the next day, I found out that the mishap didn’t deter anyone from enjoying Mickey Mouse – the cake, all of the cupcakes and the extra cake were gone. I guess when it comes to a hungry crowd, they don’t mind sharing with a furry friend.

Note to self and to my sister – put the cake up high next time!

Shawn Broda Shawn is a Senior Class Marketing Manager for the Wilton Educational Marketing Department. She joined Wilton 15 years ago as a Product Development Coordinator, and learning how to decorate the Wilton Way was the best part of her training! In addition to working with customers in North America, Shawn also works with the International Sales team to expand Wilton Method classes around the world. Celebrations provide a common thread between cultures, and she is amazed and inspired by the excitement people have for Wilton products and programs, no matter where they live. Shawn loves cooking, baking and decorating, especially when she can share her creations with others.

17 Replies

  1. Ann says:

    Glad you could salvage the cake! I had a soccer ball roll off the board once when I transported it & luckily the black tube icing saved me too! That was my own fault, I can’t blame it on the dog though.

  2. Julie says:

    When I was about 12, I entered and won a Wilton decorating contest at a local JC Penney. When we picked up the cake, I wanted to save it until my older brother could see it since he had bought me my original supplies. Unfortunately, we too did not store it high enough because my poodle ate the face out of it. We figured it was because the face was where the smooth icing was-the rest was done in star tip. After I was done being upset, we decided to get a picture so put the dog back up by the cake. Needless to say, at that point, he wanted nothing to do with it!!

  3. JeanA says:

    I made an ‘airplane cake’ for my brother about a year ago. I had never carved a cake before. I carved it from a double layer large sheet pan and after it was iced I left it on the dining room table. Later in the day, I looked and my Lasha Alpso was on the table eating the cake. I almost died! Had to turn around a make another cake. It turned out well, though. I made a double layer large sheet cake, iced it like blue sky with clouds and then I carved an airplane to scale (Beechcraft) covered it in fondant and mounted it above the sheet cake on clear pedestals. I put a gumpaste banner from the tail of the plane saying ‘Happy Birthday.’ It turned out nice and gave me the fever to “really” learn how to decorate cakes.

  4. Tracy says:

    I know the feeling. I had my two round cakes cooling on the racks, had my kitchen cleaned up, and I was in my basement cleaning. My husband came down to the basement for 2 minutes. When he went back up, my 120 lb Bullmastiff had taken a bite out of not just one but BOTH cakes. I was furious.

  5. Donna Flewelling says:

    I’m a Wilton Method Instructor and several of my student’s cakes have been ate by their dogs! Amazing. The first time I heard of this I thought it was just an excuse not to bring a cake to class but I have heard the same story several times now so I know it really happens!

  6. Connibug says:

    OMG LOL I had a cake made for my neices 30th b’day. I was getting my coat on and came back in to see a corner of the cake eaten and my Puppy at that time eating and licking her chops! I said “ATHENA NOOOO!!” well hubby came running in and said to cut off the bite side and repair it. Luckily I had cake pieces and Fondant left over so I too did a repair job and you couldn’t even tell! It was a learning experience for me too as far as NOT leaving the Cake alone or where she can reach it and how to repair a Cake!

  7. michelle says:

    I had just about the same thing happen to me a few years back. My son’s school was having a cake walk as a fund raiser for the school, so I decided to volunteer my novice cake decorating skills to the cause. I had an Spider man shaped pan from his 4th birthday party so that’s what I was going to use. I baked the cake decorated about 95 % when I had to get my son from his kindergarten class…..I should mention here we did not have a dog at the time however, my mother in law and her dog was staying with us while she was looking for a house to buy I should have known better to take the cake of off the kitchen table but I was already running late to pick up my son..the school is right across the street I ran there to get him 5 mins I was gone no more then 5 min and the darn jack russell jumped on the table and devoured my cake!!!!! I was so MAD that is not even the right word….this was at 2:30 the dance/cake walk started at 6:30pm. I had to bake another cake, let it cool make more icing and get it all done before 6 pm. Thank fully I got it all done.

    Btw the way no dogs were hurt in the process only my cake…lol…

  8. suzy says:

    this happened to me not once but twice for the same birthday!!!

    i had baked a dora cake for my nieces birthday had it all decorated and ready to go. I set it on a counter which i had done many many times before and went to bed. when i got up the next morning my little chihuahua was on the counter eating dora’s feet. i was so mad at him at that moment…he went outside…my boyfriend went to the store to get more cake mix and of course livin in a small town they dont have my brand…he knew how upset i was so he mixed and baked me a new cake…i iced it and made it to my nieces party. the kids were all playing in the yard and the cake was sitting on the picnic table and i turn around and there is a dog leaned up on the bench and eating dora’s feet again!!! mind you my sister in law did not have a dog and i have no idea where this dog came from…needless to say I REFUSE to make that Dora cake ever again and my other nieces have asked 🙂

  9. Billi says:

    Why was this cake not thrown out? A dog touched it, it’s unsanitary.

  10. Baker Grammy says:

    The portion of the cake that the dog touched was cut off. You obviously don’t own a dog, to be so harshly judgmental about them. My dog gives me kisses every day, wanted or not, and I don’t throw out my face.

  11. Joy says:

    I also have had this happen, unfortunately more than once! With the same dog I may add…..shame on me I know.

    My daughter who was deathly alergic to eggs was having a birthday and I made a beautiful princess cake for her from scratch (using no eggs) I left it on the edge of the counter and the little sucker got up on his hind legs and ate the whole edge. I had to remake another one and was up until 3 am!
    The next one, I had locked him downstairs and was making a 3 layer retirement cake for a friends husband. One of my children let them up and he ate the top layer cake(pre-frosting -thank goodness!) I had to bake a new layer for the top, but I made it in time.

    Those darn dogs!!!!!!!!!!! I do recommend putting it up really high, even if you THINK he/she may not be able to get it. you will may end up unhappily surprized at the little stinker!

  12. Billi says:

    It doesn’t matter that the portion of the cake that the dog touched was cut off. It’s unsanitary to serve that cake to anyone. There are sanitation laws for a reason.

  13. Hunter says:

    Your face isn’t food that is going to be consumed by people at party. I’m sure there were people at that party that were avoiding the cake that was touched by the god, and it was for a good reason. I don’t own a dog and I didn’t find that statement harsh. It was truthful. Sanitation laws exist for a reason

  14. Margaret Kemp says:

    Dogs eating my cakes has never happened to me thank goodness. Twice with wedding cakes the decorations have been broken while being transported. One I was able to repair, the other not. Left me with a red face.

  15. Phyllis says:

    Get a Life. Mishaps are “all the rage”. Love the funny stories. Thanks!

  16. jr says:

    @ Billli you prolly have more bacterias than a dog..! get a life..!

  17. Billi says:

    Actually I have a life as a certified pastry chef! And my mouth may have more bacteria than a dogs but I’m not going around licking myself and then eating a cake that is supposed to be served to people. Trust me I took sanitation classes and passed the test multiply times as you need every 5 years. I know the rules of a kitchen and the proper serving techniques. They don’t involve serving a swerving a cake half eaten by a dog.

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