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Amazing Amazon Cake

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!
Makes: Cake serves 60.

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Step 1

*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 individual leaves.

Make extras to allow for breakage and let dry on backs of cornstarch-dusted large flower formers.

Step 2

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.

Step 3

Cut end of pretzel rod level. Turn leaf grouping over; pipe a tip 12 mound on back and attach pretzel rod. Let dry.

Step 4

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.

Step 5

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.

Step 6

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.

Step 7

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.

Step 8

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 brush.

Step 9

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.

Step 10

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.

Step 11

For tiger ears, shape 5/8 in. yellow balls into triangles and attach; add rose triangle for inside ears. Draw stripes with orange FoodWriter.

Step 12

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.

Step 13

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.

Step 14

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.

Step 15

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.

Step 16

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.

Step 17

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.

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Kelly Green Icing Color

Orange Icing Color

Golden Yellow Icing Color

Lemon Yellow Icing Color

Brown Icing Color

Rose Icing Color

Black Icing Color

Royal Blue Icing Color

Meringue Powder


Pretzel rods





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12 x 3 in. Round Pan

8 in. Round pan

2 Globe Pillar Sets (2 each)

14 in. Cake Circles

Fanci-Foil Wrap

Decorator Preferred® Smooth-Edge Seperator Plates (10 in.)


Embroidery scissors

Waxed paper

Facial tissue

Elephant Ears, Grass Patterns

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Amazing Amazon Cake is rated 4.6667 out of 5 by 24.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I love this cake! I made it for my son's 2nd birthday. However, I used the elephant as the 4th pillar, and for the top cake I used the Wildlife Safari Cake (found here: It turned out to be an absolutely awesome cake! I've been wanting to do another just like it ever since! I highly recommend that you start working on the animals at least 2-3 weeks ahead of time! Just make sure you store them away from light so that the colors don't fade. Also, if you use royal icing to make the palm trees (rather than fondant), make those well ahead of time as well, and make extras in case they break!
Date published: 2010-12-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 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 5 by from Have only just finished making this cake for my nephews 1st Birthday and as the Jungle Pals icing decorations are no longer available I used the "Happy Birthday" fondant imprint mat on the blue fondant to cover the cakes. Turned out brilliantly, simple and easy and took the plain look away from the blue. The instructions are a little bit wrong. The Tiger (the 4th animal) was not included properly in the instructions and I also did him orange with black stripes instead of the yellow with orange stripes as the instructions suggest. Other than that the instructions were clear and easy to follow. It was my first attempt at molding things from fondant and it turned out great.
Date published: 2011-01-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I made this cake for a friends daughters 1 year old birthday. I made the animals 2 weeks in advance using homemade fondant and piping gel. I only made 3 animals for the base then used a plain rod for the fourth post. I added a party hat on the elephant so it hid the top of is head a bit. I didn't have the candied animals so I rolled the blue fondant over the happy birthday mat to add a little something more. I made the palm trees a week in advance and instead of doing it the way they suggested I glued the palm leaves on the pretzel rods and let each one dry before doing the next. Make extras just in case they break! It was a great cake and really fun putting it all together!
Date published: 2011-03-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 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!
Date published: 2011-05-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I made this cake for my grandson who was visiting. I started 2 weeks before to make the animals. The instructions were excellent and once I made the first animal the rest were much easier. Hints - do start early, while being medium difficulty, it does take time. Also for palm trees, once they are made, stand in a tall glass, they are veryfragile. Make extra leaves to allow for breakage. My grandson was so awestruck that he didn't even want to cut it (at first). He still talks about this cake 6 months later.
Date published: 2010-12-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I used some of the ideas from this cake to create a baby shower cake. Specifically, I used the lion, elephant, bear, and the grass. Crafting the animals take considerable time. I suggest giving yourself at least 2 days per animal due to the detailing and dry time. After a couple of unsucessful attempts on the elephant ears, I ended up using a similar technique as the lion mane. I gently laid the elephants head on a flattened round gumpaste and cut around the peramiter of the head. It gave me a better aspect of the rounding of the inner part of the ear that would be attached to the head. Also, I could eyeball the overall correct size of the ears with the head on the flattened surface by cutting a straight line directly over and under the head. when I removed the top and bottom excess, I was left with the actual head height. Much easier.
Date published: 2010-12-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I made this cake for my brother and his wife's baby shower. It took me a long time to create the animals, but once it was all done. It was well worth it. They loved it so much. I never recieved so many compliments on one cake before. My suggesstion would be to sart working on the fondant characters first. You can keep them in the fridge, so that once your ready to make the cake all you will have to do is assemble.
Date published: 2010-12-03
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