Making a 3D Snoopy Kennel Cake

Last week I made a 3D cake of Snoopy lying on top of his kennel and it is possibly my new favourite cake. It consisted of a kennel made entirely of cake, with a sugar modelled Snoopy a lying on top of the roof with a little sugar modelled Woodstock perched on his tummy.  I had a very similar Snoopy money box as a child which I loved, so I jumped at the chance to re-create it in cake. It was a fair bit of work, but I loved the end result and it was a big hit!

To make the kennel, I baked a 10 inch square madeira cake. I tried creating the kennel at first with butter cake and it was a disaster, really horrible to carve. It seems madeira is a lot easier to work with if you are going to be carving to make a 3D cake. I halved and buttercreamed the cake, then took a sharp, long bladed knife and cut off bits to make a triangular roof shape. I did this quite precisely, measuring length and angles as I went to ensure a uniform and balanced roof. Here is the roof (you can see some of the bits of cake that were cut off in the background):

The roof of Snoopy's kennel carved out of cake

The roof of Snoopy's kennel carved out of cake

I took the remainder of the cake and did a little bit of measuring and carving to create as perfect a rectangular piece as I could for the kennel base. I spread buttercream over the top of the kennel base and stuck the roof on top of it like so:

The kennel cake assembled and ready to cover

The kennel cake assembled and ready to cover

Then it was just a matter of crumb coating and covering the base with white rolled fondant, colouring some fondant red and covering the roof, and using a knife and a ruler to cut some shallow lines along the fondant of the roof and kennel base. I then left this to dry.

While the kennel was drying, I moved on to creating the sugar models of Snoopy and Woodstock. I did each bit of them in separate parts – the head, nose, ears, torso, arms, legs, etc were all done as individual bits. I included little details such as indentations on Snoopy’s paws to show “toes” and “fingers”, and little feathers on Woodstock’s wings. Woodstock was quite hard to make as he was so small and very fiddly! After they had dried a little I used sugar glue to stick Snoopy together and secure him on top of the roof and did the same with little Woodstock. Here’s a close up of the assembled Snoopy and Woodstock:

Close up of sugar Snoopy and Woodstock

Close up of sugar Snoopy and Woodstock

Next I took a tiny bit of fondant, coloured it black, rolled it out thinly and cut out an arched doorway which I sugar glued on one side of the kennel. I then coloured the remaining white fondant green and covered the cake board. While the fondant on the board was still wet, I took an icing tip to it to create grass texture.

And voila! Here is the finished product, a cake of Snoopy and Woodstock on top of Snoopy’s kennel:

Sugar Snoopy and Woodstock on top of a kennel made of cake

Sugar Snoopy and Woodstock on top of a kennel made of cake

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17 Responses to “Making a 3D Snoopy Kennel Cake”

  1. This is so good – love it!

  2. Georgina Shea says:

    You make it sound so easy! I love it and Snoopy! When covering the kennel, did you cover the roof and base separately and then put together of cover when cake was assembled? If so, was it tricky?!

  3. Thanks Georgina! I actually covered the roof and kennel base separately and then sandwiched them back together. I have covered similar cakes before fully assembled, it’s not too tricky, you cut out individual pieces for each side and stick them on. But I have had problems with pieces falling off in the heat when that happens so decided to err on the side of caution and go for covering the kennel in one single piece of fondant and the roof in another piece.

  4. Kara Buntin says:

    That’s really cute!

  5. Binky says:

    Great great job! I can believe we both made a Snoopy Cake on the same weekend! I tried covering the cake with one big piece of fondant (before adding the roof) and the panels were just easier for me. This is great!! ^_^ Woodstock was such a pain, wasn’t he? I actually had to make him twice!

  6. Binky says:

    *I CAN’T believe we both made it. Haha

  7. I know haha! Woodstock was indeed a pain, I actually had to make his head and torso twice as well!

  8. fUn says:

    Do you sell this snoopy cake?

  9. Margie says:

    I was looking for a sugarpaste Snoopy, and I found him here! He’s so cute! I am making the dog house from gingerbread and putting Snoopy on top as you did on the cake. Thanks!!!!!

  10. Robyn says:

    Hi. I have a question: did you cover the bottom of the roof with fondant, or just leave it uncovered and cement it to the top of the house with icing?


    • Hi Robyn,

      I covered the roof with a bit of excess around the edges which I tucked in under the bottom so the parts not sitting on the house were covered in fondant but the part touching the house weren’t if that makes sense?

      Charmayne from Delicious Cake Design

  11. karla says:

    Hi, how many servings did this cake make? I love love love Snoopy and I’m hoping someone will want a Snoopy cake.

  12. Robyn says:

    Thanks Charmayne! I’m giving it a try this weekend!

  13. Diana says:

    I love this cake! I was asked to do a snoopy cake for a teacher of the year. I need it for Wed. afternoon. Will the fondant be dried by then if I start it this evening? Also, Do you have a good Madeira recipe you would care to share that people would enjoy? thank you for sharing your creativity.

  14. Cora says:

    Hi! It looks like you didn’t use dowels and boards – in hindsight, would you recommend using them?

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