My brother-in-law turned 50 yesterday. He and my husband, Stephen, own and run a herp (reptiles) farm and for a while they had a show on the Discovery channel called “The Swamp Brothers.” So, of course, I had to make him a gator cake. I used the Merckens candy melts in green and added a couple of drops of black to it for the alligator. After I shaped the body I rolled out thin ropes and placed them on the back in the pattern of the osteoderms. I got this tip from “KathysCC” a user on cakecentral.com
. I then took another piece of modeling chocolate rolled out very thin and pressed it into an alligator skin impression mat and laid it on top of the “osteoderm” tubes. Then I just pinched with my fingers.
I rolled the legs over the impression mat as well. DH helped a lot with the details. I wanted to put a lot more teeth and the bloody leg was all his idea. He also rolled out the snake for me and “aged” the tree stump for me.
I filled and covered the cake with IMBC and then poured ganache on top for the “mud.” All the other decorations are modeling chocolate too.