I made this giraffe cake for my son's 1st birthday. It was my first attempt at a cake this large. It turned out to be 3 1/2 feet tall. I used my son's giraffe toy as a guide. I took the toy measurements and multiplied them by 4 to get the size that I wanted.
Next we got plywood and cut the base and the body and cut 5 dowels (4 for the legs, 1 for the neck). We then screwed the dowels to the base and the body. Next I made rice krispy treats to shape the legs, neck and head. I made three 12 inch square cakes and carved them for the body.
Next everything got covered in buttercream and then the fondant. I put fondant on the legs and body first and did the neck separately.
TIP: Make sure the rice krispy treats have time to cool and harden before putting on the fondant or attaching the neck. When attaching the neck, make sure to place dowels in the body to support the neck. The tail, ears and things that come out of it's head are made from gum paste.
I have never taken a cake class. It's pretty much trial and error. It is very important to use a pliable fondant. I used satin ice. This cake was so fun make. I'm not sure how I'll out do it next year.
My son's favourite giraffe that never leaves his side (TY Pluffies Tip Top Giraffe) cake that I made for his third birthday.
Materials: 1 10" cake pan, 1 Betty Crocker cake mix, 1 jar white icing Betty Crocker, 1 pkg. Wilton white rolled fondant, Wilton frosting tip # 233, chocolate sprinkles, Wilton gel food colors leaf green, buttercup yellow, black, & brown, star shaped cookie cutter, Wilton alphabet cutouts, toothpicks, wax paper, powdered sugar.
Bake the cake and set aside. I took a picture of his giraffe and printed it out in black & white and traced it on to wax paper. Colored the fondant and rolled it out then cut out the giraffe , stars, & name. Iced the cake then laid the giraffe on. Using the #233 frosting tip I made "grass" around the cake and then threw some chocolate sprinkles on the sides ( to cover my not so great icing job). Laid one star down, put the toothpick in the middle, brushed a little water on to glue down the top star. Then brushed the back of each letter with water to glue down on each star. It was a hit.
I am totally a novice at cake making but each time it gets a little easier and its fun!
I made this Baby Giraffe Cake for a friend’s one year old granddaughter. It took a total of 12 hours to complete. I used four 9x13 pans, cupcakes for the legs, and a bowl shaped pan for the head. I cut the cakes in half and stacked them on top of each other. I frosted each layer before stacking. I then shaped the cake and frosted the entire thing with a thin layer to prepare it for fondant. I used a simple white cake mix and doubled it. I also used a homemade Marshmallow fondant I found online, and a simple butter cream icing of my own creation. Everything is edible.
I used light and dark brown for the coloring. The horns are held in by toothpicks and made entirely out of fondant (same as the ears). The ribbon around the neck is fondant, and I used a bell shaped cookie cutter to make it. To make the spots I used a small circular cap and simply cut out pieces. I then trimmed the pieces with the same tool.
I hope to make this cake again in the future to perfect it.