This Hippo head cake looks like a lot of work but it's really easy to make. My 12 year old daughter Alivia loves hippos. She has very large hippo collection. When she asked me last year to bake her a hippo cake I thought, "she must think I've got talent!" I was quite surprised at how easy it was and how great it came out.
You will need two boxes of cake mix (flavor of your choice, 2 Extra large marshmallows (let sit out over night for firmness), frosting, two round 8" cake pans, 1 loaf pan and a cupcake pan. Pour batter evenly into both cake pans, loaf pan and only 2 cupcakes for the cupcake pan.
After cooking and cooling. Place the two round cakes on top of one another and place the Marshmallows where the teeth would go to hold the mouth open. Place the loaf cake in the back (this is where the bottoms of the cupcakes go (decorate for eyes), place the muffin tops on top of the round cake towards the front (nostrils).
We used blue frosting. Fondant can also be used. Have fun!
Mom and I made this hippo cake for my daughter Margaret's 3rd birthday. She is a hippo fanatic. We combined ideas from other pictures and worked out a design as we went along.
We used the marshmallows as teeth to prop the mouth open and added fondant eyelashes and lips! We also put on a little tail with a pink bow on the rear end. This was our first time using fondant, and we were pleased with the results.
The hardest part was deciding how to stack the cake to make the form of the animal. We cut two cakes into several different pieces and we think it turned out great! when you use fondant it covers areas that have to be filed in with icing and makes it a nice smooth top.
Thanks so much to the person who posted the original hippo cake using fondant. It was a great help to see the picture and have something to go on. I would encourage anyone to try your hand at making a hand shaped cake. You never know what you can do until you give it a try!
This Hippo Birthday Cake was made for my 3 year old daughters' birthday. Every year I try to make something special for their birthday (I have twins, so I have to find 2 cake ideas every year!!! - go see the polar bear birthday cake ).
I used 2 x 8" round pans to build this cake. I kept one just like that and I cut the other one to build the top head part. I added the rest of the cake that I cut for the head, on top of the whole round one, so the nose would look bigger.
I covered the cake in sugar dough and I used chipits for the eyes. I placed a little pink ribbon around the head.
My daughter sleeps with this pink hippo stuffed animal since she's born. I wanted to make something really special for her this year and I think I did pretty good for somebody who never worked with sugar dough before!
A girl from work collects Hippos and was given a Wilton Hippo pan years ago. It has been sitting in her kitchen and has never been used. When it came time for her birthday, she knew I did cakes and asked if I would make one for her. Wasn't sure how to quite decorate a Hippo cake but I thought this one turned out pretty well. I made it with a marble cake mix and did up a few different colors. Since many Hippos are portrayed as purple and pink, I went with this idea. I used the Wilton colors with a combination of purple and black to give it a more grayish tone and then used pink for the pads of its feet and a white eye and teeth. I used a number of different sized star tips for the main design. I think "she" is adorable!