Squirrel Cake Tutorial

Skill level: Advanced

I got a opportunity to work with Disney making this squirrel cake holding a giant donut. This project turned out amazing. In this tutorial, you will learn how to create a standing squirrel holding a giant donut. If you’ve ever wondered how to create a vertical donut shape, let me tell you, it’s not easy, but I break down the process step-by-step.

You will also learn how to create the squirrel’s fur, how to paint the donut and squirrel to look life-like, and how to add the expressive eyes and donut frosting.

There’s a lot to cover in this tutorial, so let’s get our tools together, and let’s get started!

2:07:53 Minutes of Instruction

What You Will Learn

  • How to create a gravity-defying squirrel cake holding a giant donut
  • Learn how to make a vertically-standing giant donut
  • How to sculpt and paint fur on an animal
  • Learn how to make expressive eyes and facial features on a squirrel without looking too much like a person

Tutorial Chapters

  1. Cutting Wooden Pieces 0:25
  2. The lower body structure 8:24
  3. The upper body structure 15:35
  4. The donut base structure 19:26
  5. Making it food safe 22:03
  6. The tail structure 23:32
  7. The donut structure 26:14
  8. Modeling chocolate – the base 30:19
  9. Modeling chocolate – the top 38:25
  10. Stacking the cakes – squirrel 41:46
  11. Stacking the cakes – donut 46:31
  12. Crumb coating the cake 57:19
  13. Shaping the donut cake 1:03:34
  14. Shaping the squirrel 1:04:36
  15. Adding the ears 1:12:57
  16. Shaping facial features 1:15:18
  17. Covering the donut in fondant 1:19:38
  18. Texturing the donut 1:26:54
  19. Covering the squirrel in fondant 1:29:24
  20. Making squirrel hands 1:35:12
  21. Making squirrel toes 1:39:32
  22. Texturing the squirrel 1:40:28
  23. Airbrushing the cake 1:45:22
  24. Adding the eyes and eyelids 1:57:59
  25. Making the donut frosting 2:00:20
  26. Decorating the board 2:04:30