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Homemade Safari-Themed 2nd Birthday Cake

by Candece C.
(Houma, LA)




Not bad for my first try! My idea came from a mixture of looking at some of the cakes on different websites and some of my own ideas. This cake was for my son's Safari-Themed 2nd birthday party. I prepared the cake with normal kitchen utensils such as using different sized bowels/cups for some of the round surfaces, wax paper to ensure that the fondant did not stick, etc. The animals were made of fondant and hand painted with icing. To mix the colors I used white royal icing and added whatever color I needed or wanted until I got the desired color. I made several animals- an elephant, giraffe, frog with lily pad, lion, monkey with bananas, and a palm tree made of fondant and pretzel sticks. The bottom tier of the cake was a white cake with cookies and cream filling covered with white fondant and sprayed with jungle green edible color mist that can be found in the cupcake section of any grocery store. The second tier of the cake was red velvet cake with cream cheese filling covered with white fondant with black fondant used for zebra stripes. The top tier of the cake was also white cake with cookies and cream filling covered with white fondant and sprayed with jungle green color mist. The animals were placed on after the tiers were constructed. Then the water fall was added using blue icing gel. Royal icing animal panels were added on the bottom tier, bought at Hobby Lobby, I added a few extra details to the animals using a fine piping tip and royal icing. Wooden dowels were used to stack the tiers. I began to prepare the animals about a month ahead of time because it was my first time working with fondant and I wanted to play with the shapes and colors to get my desired results. It was a hit, the guests loved it!

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