This jolly giant is standing tall to wish someone a very happy birthday! A cute cake that’s great for both girls and boys, this Jolly Giraffe Birthday Cake for Kids is a fun project for decorators of all skill levels. Easy to personalize, this cake also comes with a printable PDF, making decorating this birthday cake easy as pie. Use the Guitar Pan to create the head of the giraffe cake and have fun adding your own personalized touches.
Tint 10 oz. fondant yellow. Roll out 1/4 in. thick.
Use pattern to cut 4 ears (flip pattern for 3rd and
4th). Attach matching layers, securing with damp
brush. Let dry on waxed paper-covered board.
Roll out remaining yellow 1/8 in. thick. Cut a 3 x 3
in. square. Set Cookie Treat Stick across fondant
edge with 1/2 and 2 1/2 in. exposed on either end.
Brush fondant with damp brush. Roll up fondant
to cover stick, being sure fondant adheres to
stick. Cut off excess and smooth seam. Repeat
for 2nd horn. Roll two 1 1/4 in. diameter balls; push
onto exposed 1/2 in. of sticks for tips. Stand in craft
block to dry.
Also: Make leaves.
Tint 12 oz.
fondant green. Add 1 1/2 teaspoons Gum-Tex. Roll out 1/8 in. thick. Cut 35
leaves using largest Cut-Out. Place leaves on thin foam and draw veins
with veining tool. Let dry in various positions on cornstarch-dusted large
Flower Formers. Reserve excess fondant. And: Cover base board with
70 oz. blue fondant; reserve remaining blue.
Bake and cool guitar cake and 2 mini loaves. Cut 3 1/2 in. off neck of
guitar. Position guitar on a cut-to-fit Cake Board; position on prepared
base board, 5 1/2 in. from top edge.
For eyeballs, using 2 oz. reserved
white fondant, roll 1 1/2 in. diameter balls; attach with icing. Mark muzzle
area; build up and round area with icing, about 1 in. thick. Cover cake
and edges and sides of ears with tip 16 stars. Attach ears to board. Pipe
tip 3 dot pupils, nostrils and outline mouth. Insert horns in cake.
loaf cakes and cover with green fondant; position horizontally at bottom
of neck, centered. Attach leaves with icing. Tint reserved blue fondant
a darker shade; roll out 1/8 in. thick. Cut name and age. Attach to board
using damp brush. Sprinkle on confetti.
To create a variety of curved shapes, use both sides of Flower Formers to dry leaves. You can also add a colorful flair to leaves by brushing them with a mix of clear vanilla and icing color or use pearl dust and brush color onto leaves.
The star tip creates the most celebrated, easily accomplished decorations! The serrated edges of the star tip make ridges in the icing as you squeeze it out. Because fill in requires so much piping from the same bag, keep replenishing icing in bag.