I made this giraffe cake for my daughter. The cake is gluten free and lactose free and Melman was created using a Rice Krispie base, coat hanger for his neck and lollipop sticks to reinforce his legs. His feet are pecans. I molded his body first and allowed it to dry and then created his eyes and shaped his teeth and tongue. I used embroidery thread for his eye lashes and the tip on his tail.
When I was incorporating the color into the fondant, I found a bit of vegetable shortening on my hands first made it easier to work with fondant and I got less color streaks. Melman’s ‘spots’ were added last and attached with tinted royal icing.