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Wildlife Safari Cake


Let lively jungle-themed products help you easily create this African safari adventure. Lifelike toppers and icing decorations add the perfect finishing touches. Depending on how many guests you expect, choose either the Wildlife Safari Cake and Safari Cupcakes, or make them both!
Makes: Cake serves 20.
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Step 1

Several days before decorating cake make palm trees. Cover backs of each mini ball cavity with an aluminum foil square; spray with vegetable pan spray. Using tip 366 and royal icing, pipe 6 leaves starting at the top center of the mini ball and pulling icing out to sides of the mini ball forming the top of the palm tree. Let dry overnight. Carefully remove foil from tree top; turn over tree top and pipe tip 12 royal icing mound in center. Trim 1/2 in. from end of pretzel rod; insert into icing. Let dry completely.

Step 2

Bake your favorite 2-layer cake recipe or mix in round pan. Cool cake in pan on wire rack 10 minutes. Remove from pan and cool completely. Arrange cake on foil-wrapped cake board.

Step 3

Tint small portion of icing dark green; tint remaining icing light green. Ice cake smooth with light green icing; add blue gel on cake top for water "lake". Pipe tip 16 dark green pull-out grass tufts; insert palm trees. Sprinkle granulated brown sugar "sand" around tufts of grass. Attach icing decorations to cake sides. Add tip 16 pull-out grass bottom border; position toppers.

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Kelly Green Icing Color

Kelly Green Icing Color

Royal Blue Icing Color

Royal Blue Icing Color

Pretzel rods

Pretzel rods

Your favorite 2-layer cake mix

Your favorite 2-layer cake mix

granulated brown sugar

granulated brown sugar

vegetable pan spray

vegetable pan spray

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Mini Ball Pan

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Tip: 12

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Tip: 16

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Small angled spatula

Small angled spatula

8 x 2  in. Round Pan

8 x 2 in. Round Pan

Cake Circle

Cake Circle

Fanci-Foil Wrap

Fanci-Foil Wrap

Aluminum foil

Aluminum foil

Craft Foam

Craft Foam

A variety of leaves will help give your cakes a more realistic garden feel. Add piping gel to your icing to help keep your leaves from breaking.

The grass tip creates the most celebrated, easily accomplished decorations! The serrated edges of the grass tip makes ridges in the icing as you squeeze it out. Our step-by-step video shows you how!

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Wildlife Safari Cake is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 12.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I made the 3 tier cake for my grandson's first birthday. I made the palm trees with royal icing and they came out perfect. I used the mini wonder pan instead of the the round pan and it made the palm fronds hang down a little more. The cake got a standing ovation when it was brought out. The smash cake was the mini teddy bear that was decorated as a lion, using gold for the body and darker brown for the mane and outline. The mane was made using a grass tip.
Date published: 2011-05-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I really enjoyed making this cake for my Granddaughter's 1st Birthday. It was a huge success. Making the palm trees was the hardest thing for me. But after that is was pretty simple. Love it!
Date published: 2010-12-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I really enjoyed making the palm trees. The animals were a hit with the kids.
Date published: 2010-12-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love, love, love this cake! I made this for my son's 2nd birthday, but I made it the 2nd level of the Amazing Amazon cake. It turned out beautiful and everyone loved it! I've been itching to make this same cake again ever since because I thoroughly enjoyed it! It's so much fun and just so cute. I recommend making the palm trees well ahead of time, and make extras in case any of them break!
Date published: 2010-12-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I have used the royal icing pretzel trees on 2 different cakes and the river on 1 cake. The two cakes I used these trees on were a jungle themed cake and a Diego cake. The river went on the Diego cake. The trees are easy to make. However, you must allow adequate time for them to dry. The leaves need time to dry so they do not break when the foil is pulled off. When the trunk is attached to the leaves, it needs even more time to dry because a large glob of icing is needed to hold the pretzel stick tree truck to the leaves. The most difficult part is getting the tree truck to stay in place while it is drying. Watch the video, you can see the trouble she has getting the truck to stay upright when she puts it in the icing glob. I used foil balls help hold the trunks in place while they dried & some still tilted slightly. However, this did not detract from the overall cake. The slightly tilted trees looked nice & natural on the cake. The drying problems give the "somewhat easy" difficulty rating instead of just "easy." Using tinted piping gel for water is easy and looks fantastic. I had a river flowing diagonally across a rectangular cake. I used a white cake, but the dark blue tinted piping gel looked very dark against the cake. So I cut out the path of the river into the cake to remove the crust of the cake & get down to the white portion of the cake. This allowed the color of the piping gel to show more clearly. I had to be more careful in smoothing out the gel to not pull crumbs up into the gel, but it was not difficult to do this. One more tip - don't fully mix the icing color into the gel, having swirls of dark blue and light blue in the gel make it look much more like real water. The water part of the cake gets an "easy" rating.
Date published: 2010-12-03
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