This Elmer the Patchwork Elephant Cake is a cake that I made for my daughter based on the Elmer the patchwork Elephant story book.
First of all you need to bake a round sponge cake. This then needs to be sliced in half. Make up a batch of buttercream. Use this inbetween the halves of your sponge and put back together and also all over the outside of your sponge cake. Roll out enough ready to use bloc icing to completely cover your sponge cake.
Trim around the edge. Then colour up some ready to roll icing in bright colours. Roll out and cut into square's and arrange over your sponge cake to make a patchwork effect. Next colour and make your elephants head as seen in the photo out of another piece of ready to use icing. I shaped the head out of one piece,score lines lightly to make the creases of the trunk and make two small indentations with the end of a wooden spoon to make the nostrils. The ears are made out of ovals of ready to use icing, slightly stretched to give the desired shape. Add two more ovals to the inside of each ear.
The ears can be supported with pieces of scrunched up clingfilm until they dry. Add on the eyes. Then make 4 chunky carrot shaped pieces to serve as Elmer's legs. On each end add a flat circular piece of icing to make the feet. Add a final piece of icing to give Elmer his tail.
I started this Elephant Birthday Cake by using a 10 inch, rather deep (3 inches?) square cake tin and made a cardboard cut out of my elephant that fit within the pan. Then I lined my tin with baking paper and doubled my banana cake recipe. I baked the cake at approx 160-170 degrees, so 10-20 degrees less than the recipe suggested and it took around an hour.
Once the cake was baked (nothing sticking to a skewer when poked in) I removed from oven and let it cool in the pan for around 20 minutes before removing it onto a wire rack and slipping the baking paper out from underneath. I then let the cake cool for a couple of hours until it was luke warm, placed my cardboard cut out on top of the cake and used a sharp but NOT serrated knife to cut the outline of the elephant. I then let the cake cool completely.
Using a jar of Betty Crockers vanilla frosting I sealed the edges of the cake with a thin layer, then put the rest in a bowl and stirred in about 10-15 drops of blue food coloring (one or two drops at a time) until the color was ok. I spread it over the whole cake with a knife, then used a chocolate fudge icing pen to do the outlines and a white chocolate one for the toenails.
I created this Standup Elephant Cake for my mother’s birthday using ideas I found from different websites including this one. I used the standup teddy bear cake pan from Wilton and used a box pound cake mix. I then cut up some large marshmallows and used them for the feet pinning them in place with toothpicks. I then used a bendable straw and placed four to five large marshmallows on the straw and placed on the cake for the elephant’s truck.
I cooked a large chocolate chip cookie and cut out the shapes for the ears. Once I had the shapes for the ears I placed them in the freezer to harden them and make it easier for icing. I than decorated the cake with a star tip in the colors of blue, pink, and white.
I enjoyed making the cake and even if it didn’t turn out quite perfect and was a big surprise for my mom who loved it and showed it off at work.