Baby showers are becoming more and more popular even here in Malta. Lately I was entrusted to make a cake for a baby shower. The party organiser contacted me and told me that they were going to be approximately 25 persons, that the theme is going to be wild/jungle animals and that the mother-to-be doesn’t know the sex of the baby because she wanted it to be a surprise.

After a bit of thinking I came up with this idea: Making a 2 tier cake covered with 2 different animal prints, together with some cute animals toppers.

I started by baking a 9 inch round chocolate cake and a 7 inch round chocolate cake. I filled them with chocolate buttercream and dirty iced them with chocolate ganache. I covered the biggest cake with orange coloured fondant and the smallest one with white fondant. Then I rolled out some black fondant and cut out some stripes . With the black wider stripes on the orange fondant it looked like a tiger print whilst the white with thin black stripes cake looked like a zebra print. I stucked the smaller cake on top of the bigger one and piped some green royal icing leaves all around the edges of both cakes. With a blossom cutter I made some small red flowers and placed them on the leaves.

I thought that 3 animal would look good on the cake and chose a giraffe, an elephant and a monkey. I modelled the animals with the help of a book on sugarcraft animals modelling and secured them to the cake with some royal icing. The cake was ready but still there was something missing. Usually I write a message on cakes so I thought that this cake too needed some sort of message or phrase and which phrase was more appropriate than the title of the famous song ‘Born to be Wild’.

The mother-to-be was so impressed with the cake and whilst I gave her my best wished for the coming baby, I wished her also that he/she will be calm and not so ‘wild’.