For my son’s 2nd birthday we took him to the zoo to celebrate and then had a zoo-themed party. I got the idea for this cake right off this website and changed it up just a little bit to suit my tastes.

I baked a chocolate cake in the Wilton teddy bear pan for this elephant cake. Once it was cooled I sliced off the ears. The elephant’s ears, trunk, hat, and the tail of the balloon are all cut out of a giant chocolate chip cookie that I baked. (Just use the tube…less stress). Secure them all in place with a little bit of icing. The elephant was iced with canned vanilla frosting colored to my liking. I used a big star tip for all of it.

The balloon is a strawberry cake baked in a 9 in. cake pan and iced with a star tip in canned chocolate frosting. You can do the details on the balloon to suit your child’s age/favorite colors, etc.

This was only the 2nd “fancy cake” I’ve ever made. I was happy that it turned out this well. I wasn’t at all embarrassed to serve it at his party, which was what I was afraid of! The true test came when my son saw it. And yes, he did know it was an elephant. He doesn’t say that word yet, but he began to make his elephant sound as soon as he caught a glimpse of the cake.