This Giraffe Birthday Cake was my first attempt at cake decorating, being for a special occasion, my first child's, first birthday. He has a jungle themed nursery so I had to go with a giraffe cake. I got some great ideas from this website but ended up drawing my own design and cake template based on a painting in my son's room.
The cake was a dense chocolate cake which is dairy and egg free but contains oil as a substitute. There are many recipes available online for chocolate oil cake. The density of the cake was great as I was cutting the initial shape, there was minimal crumbling and the cake held it's shape well even though it was relatively high. The only decoration I used was the butter frosting, in it's original white, bright orange and with cocoa added for the chocolate brown spots.
I also used some bought red and blue icing in ready to squeeze-on tubes which was very convenient for the small amounts I needed. The finishing touch was the number one made from cake offcuts, iced in leftover frosting and coated in 100's and 1000's. This was the perfect size for my son to pick up and devour, while the adults at his party enjoyed the moist, rich chocolate cake.
Very happy with my first cake decorating efforts and I can't wait 'til next birthday!
My daughter wanted a Giraffe Birthday Cake, so I came up with this cute one. I used the Wilton doll pan for the body (I had to shave down the sides of the cake to shape it into a smaller body), mini ball pan for the legs. I shaped the head out of rice crispie treats.
After baking all pieces, I crumb coated (thin layer of icing on cake) all pieces individually. Put them in refrigerator to set up. After frosting is set, add another coat of frosting, then back in refrigerator to set up again.
I used Duff's buttercream fondant to cover each piece individually. Attached legs with buttercream frosting. I shaped the head out of rice crispie treats (it weighs less than cake and will not be too heavy for your cake). Frost rice crispie treat with frosting then covered with fondant. Attached head to body with wooden dowel for support.
I hand painted the yellow onto fondant with yellow petal dust mixed with vodka (the vodka dries quicker), and attached the little brown squares made of fondant also. Created a bow from fondant and attached around neck.
The ears and horns were made of fondant and were attached with toothpicks. Eyes and nose were made of fondant also.
My eldest son chose a Giraffe Birthday Cake for his 9th birthday. This cake was based on a photograph that we took of a real giraffe during a family trip to South Africa in 2008. I traced the enlarged photo and used this as a template to cut the cake to size. The cake was a chocolate mud cake, and this proved to be a very easy cake to work with as it didn't crumble much.
I froze the cake to make it easier to ice. I used two shades of light brown/beige for the body/head colour, and chocolate icing for the giraffe's spots. If I had more time I would have used melted chocolate drizzled into shapes onto a baking tray and then cooled for the spots, but had to make do with icing. I think it came up okay. Strip licorice was cut to use as outlines on the nose, eyes and ears.
The cake is being used for two parties. Firstly, my son is having a small party with his friends and they will use the bottom part of the neck. We will then take the rest of the cake to his Nan's house for our family party, hopefully with the head still in one piece!