Coolest Elephant Birthday Cake

I could not find a bakery in Los Angeles willing to attempt this Homemade Elephant Birthday Cake for under $500.00; and that was without the handmade touches and a much, much smaller Ellie made of gumpaste for the top. So, I decided to do it myself. This was a first for piping flowers, but I am an artist and gourmet cook and decided to give it a whirl. They turned out excellent.

The cake itself is 3, 12″ tiers. It is a coconut cake from a recipe I improvised using cream of coconut and coconut milk and is delicious. The filling was fresh strawberries and white chocolate/whipped cream. I used a stabilizer figuring for extra time since I had never piped animals or done flowers before. The Ellie was hand molded a week in advance from Rice Krispy treats, then carved to capture the gentle slope of the head and belly. Ears were made from royal icing on a heavy card stock and worked very well

being fit into the head. I measured and created slits for that.

The little foot pads were also made from royal icing. The outer cake icing was a Swiss Meringue Buttercream. Some of the flowers, as well as the balloons I had made ahead; always contemplating the worst timing scenario. The giraffes all have tiny little noise makers I made by hand, there are

butterflies made from royal icing, and Ellie has her hat I made also.

On Flicker, you can see more detailed pictures at MagnificentCakes on Flicker. I have done other cakes and they have all turned out so beautifully, I thought maybe I’d try selling them. I must tell you, I am extremely artistic, patient and detail oriented, and very much a perfectionist, very particular about ingredients, a gourmet cook and baker, and this was not easy.

I love the lettering on top (see on Flicker). I did do this from a sketch I made (that is how the

bakeries quoted it) and the finished product looked just like the picture. I wanted a cake

made for a baby girl; sweet, innocent, feminine, yet fun. I think this was spot on. Should I

do a video for this? Let me know what you think!

Homemade Elephant Birthday Cake

3 thoughts on “Coolest Elephant Birthday Cake”

  1. I love your cake. I would love to see a video of you creating it or making another cake. I am always intrested in learning new ways of making a cake beautiful. Thanks for sharing your amazing ability to make cake awe inspering.

  2. Wow! You are talented! I would love to try and duplicate your cake. PLEASE do a video on it! Yours in the elephant cake I have ever, ever seen! Hats off to you for a job done excellently done!

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