Coolest Hippo Birthday Cake

This Hippo Birthday Cake was made for my 3 year old daughters’ birthday. Every year I try to make something special for their birthday (I have twins, so I have to find 2 cake ideas every year!!! – go see the polar bear birthday cake ).

I used 2 x 8″ round pans to build this cake. I kept one just like that and I cut the other one to build the top head part. I added the rest of the cake that I cut for the head, on top of the whole round one, so the nose would look bigger.

I covered the cake in sugar dough and I used chipits for the eyes. I placed a little pink ribbon around the head.

My daughter sleeps with this pink hippo stuffed animal since she’s born. I wanted to make something really special for her this year and I think I did pretty good for somebody who never worked with sugar dough before!

9 thoughts on “Coolest Hippo Birthday Cake”

  1. Do you do cakes often? I would never have thought of doing this especially the way you did it. Extremely wonderful.

  2. I have to do birthday cakes once a year. The first year I made 2 sheep, last year was a dragon and a ladybug. And this year was the hippo and the polar bear. First try with sugar dough…

  3. OK, you inspired me to try one of these cakes. Mine came out okay, but yours is awesome! Couldn’t get the cake to dome up as much as I wanted, so he ended up with a flat face… Nice job.

  4. I would love to know how to make sugar dough. I’m 16 and am trying to make a hippo cake for mothers day for my mom, and considering i want to be a baker when i get older, i would love love lovee to know how to make sugar dough.

    You did an amazing job on this cake by the way!

  5. My friend requested me to make this cake for her birthday, I would like to ask for more details.
    For the head, do you need to trim a thin layer off so that it looks lower than the nose? You just make the ears with sugar dough? Did you ice your cake before putting on sugar dough? If putting rest of the cake on top of the nose will it look bumpy after sugar dough? Or should I put in the layer? Thanks!

  6. This is so cute. My 2 year old daughter sleeps with a pink hippo too! Wonder if it’s the same one! HA! Anyway, so cute! Great job!

  7. My daughter will be 7, and she still carries around a stuffed animal hippo, that she loves! This cake is amazing! wonderful job!

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