I will fully admit that when I heard the request for a fairy cake I was less than enthused, but then I realized I could use this as an excuse to model animals and it turned out being one of my favorite cakes so far.
After some initial sketching I decided that this would be a woodland fairy cake, and her house would be a tree stump. My first step was to saran wrap some cake dummies the size I wanted my cakes to be. I then used rice cereal treats to make the tree limbs, using the dummies and board as my guides so I knew everything would fit together correctly.
My favorite part of this cake was making the animals. I began by smooshing rice cereal treats into the general shapes I wanted
Defining the eye sockets :
I cut out an ear shape, and thinned the edges a bit with a ball tool:
Attach the ear with a little water, and then blend the seam smooth:
this post from the blog "peas love carrots" , where she used cake crumbs for moss. It had the perfect fluffy moss look I wanted. If I were to do it over again I would make one bigger cake to crumble, instead of what I did, which was make a dozen cupcakes with different shades of green. I did like the variation in color, but there wasn't much cake left after cutting away the brown, and harder to crumble little chunks. I ended up using a cheese grater
Here it is after painting and with modeling chocolate stones added: