It?s a jungle out there, and Amazing Amazon brings the jungle to your party. This cake features two tiers separated by fondant jungle animals. Jungle animal icing decorations peek out of the grass, while an elephant sits among pretzel rod palm trees. Amazing!
*Combine Lemon Yellow and Golden Yellow for yellow shade shown.
In advance: Make 3 palm trees. Combine 1 teaspoon Gum-Tex with 5 oz. of fondant; tint green. Roll out fondant 1/8 in. thick.
Using large leaf Cut-Out, cut 6 leaves for each tree; cut slits in sides to form
Make extras to allow for breakage and let dry on backs of cornstarch-dusted large flower formers.
For bottom layer of leaves, pipe a tip 12 mound of royal icing on waxed paper; insert 4
leaves. Support leaves with tissue and let dry.
For top layer, pipe tip 12 mound in center of bottom layer; insert 3 leaves in mound and support with tissue until dry.
Cut end of pretzel rod level. Turn leaf grouping over; pipe a tip 12 mound on back and attach pretzel rod. Let dry.
Also: Make animals. Tint 13 oz. of fondant yellow, 9 oz. green, 8 oz. each brown and gray,
4 oz. orange, 1 oz. each black, light brown and rose; reserve 8 oz. white.
Make each animal using 2 1/2 in. globe for head and 2 in. globe for body.
Roll out yellow for lion, gray for elephant, brown for monkey
and white for zebra 1/8 in. thick. Cut a 2 3/4 x 9 in. strip for each body and head. Brush globes with piping gel and cover with fondant; smooth with fingers.
For all animals except elephant, make sure to keep globe
openings clear of fondant, so pillars will fit.
For elephant, tape opening on top of head to seal, then cover head completely in fondant.
For all animals except elephant, roll a 1 in. ball of matching color fondant
for snout; flatten into a 1 1/4 in. oval and attach with damp brush. Roll 1 1/2 x 3/4 in. logs for all bottom legs and 1 1/4 x 3/4 in. logs for all top legs; attach with damp brush.
For all eyes, roll and attach
1/4 in. balls; for all top foot pads, roll and attach 1/2 in. flat circles; for all bottom foot pads, roll and attach 5/8 in. flat circles.
For tiger, monkey and lion noses, roll 1/2 in. flat balls; attach with damp
On zebra, indent mouth and nostrils with veining tool from confectionery set.
Attach a small piece of rose fondant for tongue with damp brush. Shape 5/8 in. white balls into triangles for ears and attach with damp brush; shape tiny rose triangles and attach for inside ears.
For zebra hair,
cut a 1 1/2 x 1/2 in. black strip; cut slits for fringe and attach above eyes with damp brush. Draw stripes with black FoodWriter.
For tiger ears, shape 5/8 in. yellow balls into triangles and attach; add rose
triangle for inside ears. Draw stripes with orange FoodWriter.
For monkey ears, roll out brown fondant 1/8 in. thick; cut using medium oval Cut-Out. Trim 1/4 in. off a long side.
For inside ears, roll out rose fondant 1/8 in. thick; cut using smallest oval Cut-Out, then trim a long side to fit. Attach ear pieces with damp brush.
Draw mouth with black FoodWriter.
For hair, cut a 1 1/2 x 3/4 in.
light brown strip; cut slits to fringe and attach with damp brush.
For lion mane, roll out orange fondant 1/8 in. thick; cut 1 1/4 x 3/4 in. strips. Cut slits for fringe and attach in layers around head with damp brush;
repeat as needed to create a full mane. Draw mouth with black FoodWriter.
For elephant, imprint toes with veining tool. Roll out gray and rose fondant 1/8 in. thick; cut ears and inside ears using pattern.
Attach ear pieces with damp brush. Roll a 4 x 3/4 in. rope for trunk; taper at one end, flatten the other end and attach with damp brush.
Ice cakes (3 in. high) smooth in buttercream and prepare for globe pillar construction; insert a pillar at center of top tier to support elephant and trim to height of cake.
Roll out green fondant 1/8 in. thick.
Cut grass sections using pattern; attach at bottom border with dots of icing. Draw grass lines with green FoodWriter.
Attach icing decorations to cake sides with dots of icing.
Insert pillars from set in cake tops;
insert animals on bottom tier. Position top tier on 10 in. plate and position on bottom tier pillars.
Position elephant on a cardboard circle cut to fit and place on cake top. Insert palm trees.
Rated 1 out of
someone should proof read the directions. If the directions were correct the cake would not have been that difficult. Very Disappointed .
1) Your directions say to cut out 6 leaves for the palm tree. then it says to add 4 leaves to the bottom and then 3 leaves for the top. lol 4+3=7. 2) what a joke trying to keep the leaves on the pretzel All broke or looked like a big ugly glob.(terrible) 3) step 5 where is the tiger ????? no picture nothing said except in step 8 roll out tigers eyes. 4) Two 3" cakes on top much to heavy two 2inch cakes much to heavy the animals started sinking into the cake. Directions very very poor. Palm trees can be made with just fondant and only 3 leaves.(no problems) should show picture of tiger and include in directions from the beginning. Maybe a cake board should be placed under fondant to support
top cake not to be so heavy and push animals into bottom layer.
Date published: 2013-03-30
Rated 5 out of
I haven't made this one but it looks like a lot of fun to make and decorate. I love the animals and the colors!
Date published: 2013-03-08
Rated 5 out of
Made this cake took along time to make the animals. Everyone loved it!!was fun to make.
Date published: 2011-05-17
Rated 5 out of
Don't be afraid to give this a try! I made this cake, with little fondant experience, for my nephew's first birthday party and it came out amazing! Everyone was so impressed with it. The cake itself comes together pretty easy. The animals took some time, but I had a lot of fun making them. I would recommend putting a couple of hours per animal for beginners. I started making them 3 weeks in advance. Make sure the elephant tuck isn't too heavy or it will fall off his face. For the lion's hair I actually used a garlic press. The palm trees were a little more challenging to make. I didn't make them much in advance which was a mistake. Good luck, you'll love the outcome :)
Date published: 2011-05-15
Rated 5 out of
I've made this cake twice and all I can say is that it is such a huge hit that it makes it completely worth the time and detail that must go into the project. People stare at it, mouths agape, trying to figure out the constuction and then just getting lost in how cute the animals are. It is quite the conversational piece. This took me quite a bit of time, both times, but I usually allow myself 2-3 days of working time so that I don't feel rushed and skimp on the details. They are worth the attention.
At first, when you are building the animals, it doesn't look like they are going to turn into anything. It kind of looks like a big blob, but then as you follow the directions and add the details, all of a sudden they gain character and just pop to life, so be patient!