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Coolest Giraffe Birthday Cake 19

by Molly
(Des Moines, Iowa)

Homemade Giraffe Birthday Cake

Homemade Giraffe Birthday Cake

This Giraffe Birthday Cake idea was shamelessly borrowed off this site from Tami B. of Del Rio, TX after I couldn't locate a giraffe cake pan for the pink and purple giraffe cake requested for my Goddaugther's birthday. (Thanks, Tami!)

I printed off the picture of Tami's cake and used it to draw a 9x13 template. I baked a 9x13 cake, set the template on top, and used a butter knife to cut out the giraffe's head. I had to piece together the ears and antlers from scraps leftover from the bottom part of the face, and "glued" them on with frosting.

I used Tami's method of cutting out portions of the template (eyes, part of ears, part of mouth), setting on top of cake, and sifting powdered sugar over the top to help guide the frosting process.

I used Wilton's recipe for buttercream frosting as well as the Wilton dyes in violet, rose, and black. The black portions were piped in then patted down using cornstarch on my finger. I did the rest in stars, except for the final outlines of the eyes/nose/mouth that were piped on.

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Giraffe Birthday Cake 10

by Monica Arbery
(SA, Australia)

Giraffe Birthday Cake

Giraffe Birthday Cake

This is my son’s first birthday cake. I was inspired by one of his cute bibs (as seen in the photo) and made a template for the cake by enlarging the picture on a photocopier.

I made two square cakes and two muffins and used the template to cut out a head shape (including ears), neck and body shape.

After putting the head, neck and body together I iced it in yellow butter-cream and then added giraffe splodges in orange. The legs are two soft liquorice strips and the feet are the two muffin shaped pieces of cake.

The mouth, nostrils and eyes are all pieces of liquorice and then I used two lollipops as the ‘horns’.

This was my first attempt at cake making and one tip I discovered afterwards is to use cake that is a day old as it won’t crumble as much when being iced. My freshly made cake feet almost disintegrated when I iced them!

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Very creative!
by: Stephanie Johnson

That's really cute and clever. Love the licorice accents. =)

Giraffe Cake
by: Merry

Thanks for the great picture. I decided I am going to try pretzel rods for the legs instead of licorice. I think it should look fun!
Thanks again.

Giraffe Cake
by: Anonymous

Another way to not have the cake crumble when frosting it is to put it in the fridge for an hour or so or in the freezer for about 1/2 hour...that is what i do when making character cakes...

Crumbs in the Icing
by: Anonymous

Another suggestion to avoid crumbling and crumbs in the icing is to apply two layers of icing. First put on a thin layer of icing that "catches" the crumbs. Let it refrigerate and then apply your finished layer later, and you shouldn't have too much trouble with crumbly cake and crumbs in the icing.

Giraffes Rule!!!!!
by: Anonymous

I love this giraffe cake! It is really adorable! My friend and I are giraffe fanatics! I am thinking about making her a giraffe birthday cake and I will consider your idea! Keep Baking! And good luck in the future!

giraffe bday cake
by: Peta

Another tip to save cakes from falling apart when icing them is to make them a week in advance, cut the shapes out that you need and freeze. Only pull it out when you are ready to ice.

Thanks
by: Anonymous

That's awesome, thanks!
I've been searching the internet for a giraffe cake and I really liked yours. It is probably the cutest one i've found.
I coppied your design and made a template from your pic and made the cake too.


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Coolest Giraffe Cake 22

by Levanya P.
(Dublin)

Homemade Giraffe Cake

Homemade Giraffe Cake

This Giraffe Cake was made by myself and my husband for our son's jungle safari theme first birthday party in the African plains in Dublin zoo. The cake was a masterpiece and took a long time to do. The frame is made of wire. The body of the giraffe is made of Swiss roll (for the shape) and the legs are rice crispie buns.

The entire wire structure was covered with foil and then fondant icing was covered and placed over the whole thing. Dark brown fondant pieces were stuck on with icing for the giraffe spots and the tail is rice paper.

The face is also fondant icing. The legs and body is edible so the kids ate the rice cripie legs and the body and the head still stand in his room on the wire stand.

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Coolest Giraffe Cake 17

by Sharon Y.
(Berkshire, England)

Homemade Giraffe Cake

Homemade Giraffe Cake

My 12 year old daughter loves giraffes.
I used two Betty Crocker devils food cake mix as I find they are really light and easy to sculpt.

We made this Giraffe cake by baking first a rectangle cake and then a circle cake and cutting the shape, following a picture on a birthday card.
The rectangle cake makes the neck and the circle cake makes the head.

Extra pieces cut off made the ears and horns.
Frosting is vanilla (Betty Crocker) with a little yellow food coloring, and chocolate, piped with a fluted tip for mane, and a plain tip for the giraffes spots. The eye was made using black writing icing (Dr Oetkers)

It was pretty easy, and definitely had the WOW factor!

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awesome!
by: Anonymous

That is a great giraffe. My daughter is about to turn 19 and she loves giraffes too. I'm going to try to make this cake for her. Thanks and keep up the good work.

Madera Childrens Hospital
by: Anonymous

We are so thankful for this hospital and they have giraffe theme so we are going to try this beautiful cake for our lil ones first birthday and to remember all those great people there at the childrens hospital that helped her get to where she is today! Healthy as a...as a..GIRAFFE! Thank you for this! God bless you and your family!

Thank you!
by: Anonymous

My daughter is 12 & totally in to giraffes also. This is the prettiest giraffe cake I've seen. Thanks!

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