I made this giraffe cake for my son’s 1st birthday. It was my first attempt at a cake this large. It turned out to be 3 1/2 feet tall. I used my son’s giraffe toy as a guide. I took the toy measurements and multiplied them by 4 to get the size that I wanted.
Next we got plywood and cut the base and the body and cut 5 dowels (4 for the legs, 1 for the neck). We then screwed the dowels to the base and the body. Next I made rice krispy treats to shape the legs, neck and head. I made three 12 inch square cakes and carved them for the body.
Next everything got covered in buttercream and then the fondant. I put fondant on the legs and body first and did the neck separately.
TIP: Make sure the rice krispy treats have time to cool and harden before putting on the fondant or attaching the neck. When attaching the neck, make sure to place dowels in the body to support the neck. The tail, ears and things that come out of it’s head are made from gum paste.
I have never taken a cake class. It’s pretty much trial and error. It is very important to use a pliable fondant. I used satin ice. This cake was so fun make. I’m not sure how I’ll out do it next year.