Greetings from beautiful Fraser Island!
We’re holidaying at the lovely Grandview on Fraser at Orchid Beach. The weather has been a bit cool, but we've found some lovely little sheltered spots to hide from the wind and catch a few fish. We’ve been watching humpback whales playing from the deck of the house we're staying. Fraser is a ridiculously beautiful place.
The Little Sister will be celebrating her fourth birthday here on Friday. She’s requested a dingo cake. I had intentions of making a little beach scene with a couple of dingo figurines for the top, but I have exhuasted all options for locating said dingo figurines.
Seems a little bad press and no one wants their children playing with dingos. I feel almost compelled to start a one-woman PR campaign for the poor little blighters.
Anyway, their maligned status has thrown a rather large spanner into my birthday cake plans and now I’m stuck in a fairly remote part of the world armed with only a bag of icing sugar, a pat of butter, some food colouring and my abject fear of disappointing the Little Sister.
Pressure makes diamonds folks.
Perhaps I’ll cover her cake with easy chocolate buttercream icing, add eight little eyes and tell her it’s a family of dingos having a mud bath.
easy chocolate buttercream icing
½ cup cocoa
4 cups icing sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
⅔ cup boiling water
Combine all ingredients and over low speed for 30 seconds. Increase the speed to medium and beat for another minute until smooth.
Allow the icing to cool for 15-20 minutes before icing your cake.
Then smother that cake in icing like you're dunking dingos in it.
So good friends, any bright ideas to help me avert a dingo cake disaster?
Well that is a tough one, could you present the cake on the beach as a dingo walks past? Make a cake of dog food? colour the cake a little redder and make a face, the cake could be the dingo's head? As you can see, I don't do anything other than a plain old chocolate cake here for birthdays. Good luck, and enjoy the rest of your stay xx
Emily @ Have A Laugh On Me says
Yes I've never got the fear/hatred of the poor dingo, you steal one baby* and everyone hates you....
I'm sure you'll come up with something my clever friend!
*tongue in cheek.
I didn't even know what a dingo was - just had to google it (don't laugh). I see now, the bad rep situation. I'd go with the mud bath, lol. Good luck and enjoy the whales you lucky things :))
Ooh, that is a tricky one! Do you have craft supplies? You could have a dingo craft session and then decorate the cake with those creations?? Or yeah, dingos in a cave at nightime?!
Lauren - Gold Coast Mum says
Ooh HELLO. I need all the help I can get when it comes to cakes/icing 😉 Delish!
My son has requested a dingo cake for his third birthday as well! Desperately trying to find inspiration ?
Amanda Smyth says
Hi Rachel, I've just uploaded a video of the cake we made - hope this helps! https://youtu.be/KNr04m1rZwI
Oooh thank you! I watched it -- super cute! I might see if my mom can help me make something similar.