This is my son’s first birthday cake. I was inspired by one of his cute bibs (as seen in the photo) and made a template for the cake by enlarging the picture on a photocopier.
I made two square cakes and two muffins and used the template to cut out a head shape (including ears), neck and body shape.
After putting the head, neck and body together I iced it in yellow butter-cream and then added giraffe splodges in orange. The legs are two soft liquorice strips and the feet are the two muffin shaped pieces of cake.
The mouth, nostrils and eyes are all pieces of liquorice and then I used two lollipops as the ‘horns’.
This was my first attempt at cake making and one tip I discovered afterwards is to use cake that is a day old as it won’t crumble as much when being iced. My freshly made cake feet almost disintegrated when I iced them!