*Combine Red-Red with Christmas Red for red shown. Combine Leaf Green with Lemon Yellow for green shown. Combine Violet with Rose for violet shown.
In advance: Prepare base board using 1/2 sports ball and football pans with neck and leg patterns for size. Cut to fit and wrap with foil.
Bake and cool 1/2 sports ball cake, football cake, mini ball cake. Trim 1/2 in. off bottom of mini ball cake where neck will attach, 1 1/2 in. off each pointed side of football cake to round for body. Prepare cookie dough and roll out. Using patterns, cut 3 necks, 4 legs and 2 ears; bake and cool. Attach lollipop sticks to upper back side of 2 legs and to backs of ears with melted candy. Sandwich 3 neck cookies together with melted candy. On base board, assemble giraffe by arranging football cake body, cookie neck, 1/2 sports ball cake head, mini ball cake muzzle and 2 cookie legs (without sticks). Attach pieces together with icing.
Using tip 3, pipe in nose and mouth. Using spatula, ice inner ears smooth. Cover spots, muzzle, hooves and giraffe's body and head with tip 16 stars. Cover cookie legs on sticks and edge of ear cookies with tip 16 stars; insert into cake. Tint fondant violet, blue, orange and green. For hat, cut ice cream cone to 4 1/2 in. Brush cone lightly with piping gel. Roll out violet fondant 1/8 in. thick and cut a 4 1/2 x 6 in. strip; wrap around cone, trim to fit. For fringe, roll out green fondant 1/8 in. thick. Cut a 2 1/2 x 3/4 in. wide strip; cut slits on one long edge and roll up. Attach to tip of hat with melted candy. Cut fringe for bottom of hat as above, using a 5 1/2 x 3/4 in. wide strip; attach. Add 2-3 rows of fringe as needed. Cut number for age; attach to hat with damp brush. For 2 horns, roll out sky blue fondant 1/8 in. thick; wrap around 1 1/2 in. of lollipop stick. Roll 3/4 in. ball and insert on stick. Attach hat and candy-coated chocolate dot eyes with icing. Insert horns. For tail, roll a
rope of fondant 1/2 x 5 1/2 in. long; attach. Roll out orange fondant 1/8 in. thick. Cut fringe same as for top of hat. Attach with damp brush.
Fashion a feline figure by combining Animal Crackers Pan and Sports Ball Pan cakes with cookies cut using our paw, tail and legs patterns. Dub this kitty regal by adding a personalized iced-cookie crown.
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Rated 5 out of
This cake is so adorable! I made it for my son's 2nd birthday. It is not technically difficult, but it is very time consuming. I used the no-fail sugar cookie recipe on cake central and my cookies did not spread at all. They were the perfect shape. Doing all those stars took forever, but it looks awesome. I did mine in more natural giraffe colors. Make sure when you put in the ears and horns that you leave room for the hat. At least it is easy to cover mistakes with the star tip! My giraffes muzzle fell off too, so I pinned it back on with another lollipop stick. I also used one to prop up the hat. I love this one, and can't wait to serve it at the party tomorrow! I am sure it will get lots of oohs and aahs!!! :)
Date published: 2012-02-25
Rated 4 out of
This was fun to make. The birthday girl was afraid of the cake but everyone else loved it. The legs and ears need to be better supported than just with the lollipop stick.
Date published: 2011-06-22
Rated 4 out of
I made this cake for my nephew's first birthday. It was very cute.
Date published: 2011-05-15
Rated 5 out of
I am a beginner and I found this cake somewhat difficut (mostly because the instructions are quite vague) but the results were successful and worth the effort. It was an adorable cake and it got rave reviews at the party! It took me about 20 hours to complete.
You do not need to buy the cake boards (cake is too big for them anyway), the fondant cutter (a regular knife works fine), and the paint brushes (still have no idea what I was supposed to use them for anyway). In addition to the items listed, you will also need clear vanilla and clear butter extract (if using the modified Wilton recipe for buttercream frosting), pastry bags and lots of toothpicks for frosting. Wilton sells yellow candy melts and squeeze bottles for candy melting and I used those to secure the ears and legs and they worked GREAT and the color was perfect with the yellow frosting. I had a very hard time achieving the orange frosting shown (I used the reds and yellows listed and my orange was crazy bright) so I would recommend purchasing orange gel color in addition to the colors listed.
The directions don't really tell you how to support the weight of the heavy party hat, but I used a toothpick dug into the foam core board underneath and it held up perfectly well.
The sugar cookie parts spread out in the oven so I used a knife to trim them down right when they came out of the oven, and that worked well.
For recipes I used the yellow cake from America's Test Kitchen (requires two batches), the Swiss Meringue Buttercream from Carole Walter's "Great Cakes" book, and the Wilton white buttercream recipe. I really liked the yellow cake but the Swiss Meringue recipe was really difficult (the emulsion broke twice but I was able to rescue it following her directions).
Date published: 2012-01-09
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