1. Place the cake in the center of the cake board. Using the icing spatula, cover the entire cake in a thin layer of icing.
2. Working on a clean surface dusted with confectioners’ sugar, cut off a piece of fondant, a little bigger than the size of an egg, and set aside. Roll out the remaining fondant into a shape similar to the cake pan, leaving it one-eighth-inch thick. Keep in mind that the fondant needs to cover the sides of the cake too, so make sure there are at least two extra inches on all sides. If the fondant is too sticky to work with, add confectioners’ sugar as you would add flour to a dough.
3. Gently lift the rolled fondant and place on top of the iced cake. It will start to take the form of the cake on its own. Using your hands, lightly rub your hands over the cake until you see the shape of the character. Repeat the same motion on all sides, making sure there are no air bubbles. Keep on smoothing it over until it’s set.
4. Using a sharp knife, cut around the perimeter of the cake and remove all excess fondant.
5. Divide the fondant that you set aside earlier. Using the gel food coloring, color a little more than half pink (or red). Color a small part black, and a very little bit of yellow, just enough for a nose.
6. Using the cleaned cake pan, press the black fondant into the cavities of the eyes, the yellow fondant to get the shape of the nose, and the pink into the bow. Using the pan gives you great guidelines to help you get that perfect shape. Form whiskers out of the remaining black. If you’d like to write a message, shape some fondant using small alphabet cutters. With a very little bit of water, “glue” the pieces onto the cake. Start with just a drop of water and use more only if needed, since too much moisture will cause the colors to run.
7. I like to finish off my cakes with a ruffled icing border. Cut the tip of the icing bag off, place the inner coupler part inside and fill with icing. Using any star tip, give continuous pressure to your icing bag and work your way around the edge of the cake in an up-and- down motion. This will give your cake that professional finishing touch.