For my daughter's 1st birthday, I had bought a teddy bear pan and a 3D mini-bear pan from eBay and this was my plan. I wanted something original so I looked on this site for some ideas. When I realized that a bear wasn't my only option with this pan, I was really pleased and I settled on the elephant.
I made 2 boxes of Duncan Hines chocolate cake and divided it into my 3d bear, my bear and my ball pan also. I followed the cooking instructions of each pans. then I took some Pillsbury cookie dough and made a big pizza cookie. once it was done(I over cooked it just a bit so that it would hold better), I cut out of it 2 big ears and 2 small and also a big and a small trunk. My kids had a blast eating the leftover cookies and that kept them busy while I was decorating the rest.
I used one of the ball half as the balloon and cut out a hat out of the other half.
I glued the ears and the trunks with icing and started piping the details according to the pan instructions. I filled them in and smoothed it out with a knife diped in hot water. That technique works great. I filled everything else with a star tip. At this point I should have put the frosting in the fridge in advance because the stars didn't come out great, but over all, I really like the way the cakes turned out.
To make this 3D elephant cake, I used the Wilton 3D bear cake pan. After the cake was cooled, I cut off the bear ears. Then I iced the cake smooth with a blueish grey icing.
With some fancy paper, I fashioned a party hat and taped it together. I attached some ribbon to the top. I also covered a cake circle in the same paper. I also took some medium weight cardboard and drew one elephant ear by freehand. I cut it out, and cut out a second ear using the first one as a stencil.
I used a rose colored icing to cover the front of both elephant ears. Once that dried completely, I inserted the ears into the cake using toothpicks which were taped to the cardboard.
I then piped stars over the entire cake (except for the palms of his feet) using the same blueish grey frosting. I also piped stars on the back and borders of his ears. I filled in his palms with the rose colored frosting and smoothed it with a finger dipped in cornstarch.
For the trunk, I took a bamboo skewer and threaded several large marshmallows onto it, and shaped them into a trunk. I inserted this into the cake and covered it with frosting. In order to support the weight, I put a balloon under the elephant's trunk and also decorated the area around the cake with balloons.
Finally, I placed two googly eyes that I purchased in the craft section of a craft store onto the elephant's head.
Baking for kids is something that I will continue to do for as long as I can and when a kid has a request, I try to go out of my way to satisfy their wants.
For my nephew's school party, he wanted an elephant cake which proved tricky at the beginning but easy at the end. I enjoy working with fondant and my only regret was that I should have made the ellie's bottom a bit larger. However, my little client is very happy.