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.
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!
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.
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!