My husband and I made this elephant birthday cake for our daughter's "Zoo Theme" 2nd birthday. The base was a piece of plywood that was covered with aluminum foil and then covered with a thin layer of rice krispie treats (as well as coconut clouds and coconut grass!)
The elephant was made from three 9 x 13 cakes (Chocolate, Yellow and Spice). I drew a template on card stock and after we butted the 3 cakes together, I laid the template on the cakes and cut around the shape.
We used some of the scraps to give dimension to the trunk and tusks.
My husband made a basic homemade frosting (buttercream) and we dyed several different batches for all of the colors needed.
We used a very simple decorating tip set that we found at Safeway, and stuck them into Ziploc baggies to hold the frosting. Nothing fancy! We had never attempted piping before and we did not want to invest in any professional tools!
Our daughter loved her cake, so we feel that it was a success!
These two cakes were made for my daughter's 2nd birthday which was Bollywood themed. The pink elephant cake was a solid chocolate biscuit cake and we dyed the icing and hand cut the elephant shape.
The golden elephant cake was a strong Madeira sponge (to take the weight of the icing). It was iced with roll-out icing and then sprayed with edible golden metallic spray. The detail of the rug and head-dress were added with colored sugar balls and edible glitter. The log that the elephant is carrying is a chocolate flake!
The feet don't have such a good finish because I mislaid my green edible glitter which was to cover a row of whipped cream to give a grass effect!
Two really pretty and age appropriate themed cakes. I will upload another Bollywood cake I did for my cousin's birthday at a later date - it was the silhouette of the Taj Mahal with "Happy Birthday" and "13" written in the Hindi script.
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I made this elephant cake for my college Republican club campaign party. I made a rectangular cake and printed a picture of the elephant off of my computer to use as a stencil, sorta, and cut each of the three colored sections out separately then put them together with icing. I think that it gives it a more defined look with the colors instead of just trying to ice the entire cake at one time.
The stars are fondant. The rest of the icing is my mom's recipe for butter cream icing with food coloring for the red and blue.
The trunk was the hardest part. Honestly, I broke it, but that's what icing is made for and you can't even tell. I'm not the biggest fan of the stars, because I was still experimenting with fondant.
The cake is white, but I added red, white, and blue sprinkles to the batter to make confetti cake.
This Elephant Cake was made for a lady that loves Elephants! The top cake was a Wilton elephant cake pan on top of a 12x18 sheet cake! The elephant was iced with star tip #16 and outlined with tip #5!
The flowers, stems, leaves and bow were all made a few days before out of gum paste and attached with gum glue and secured with toothpicks! The grass was tip # 48, and the top border was a reverse shell with tip #21, while bottom border was tip #21 regular shell!
Ears & eyes were filled in with tip #12 and eyelashes were tip #5! The sheet cake was thin iced and final iced with white homemade butter cream!
I made this 1st Birthday Elephant Cake for my son's first birthday. I traced the picture from a wall sticker in his room and then made it bigger by photocopying it to the size I wanted.
Once the cake (vanilla) was made I put the template on top and cut around to form the elephant. Then I made blue butter cream for icing and decorated the outline with licorice strip. The toes were pink jelly beans and the eyes were jelly lollies.