This perky pachyderm cake brings a ton of birthday greetings to the party (he?s made from our Stand-Up Cuddly Bear Pan). Treat the guest-of-honor to a special Jumbo Muffin of his own or add more muffins for larger parties.
Cut elephant ears out of cake board. Cover with Fanci-Foil Wrap. Tape two dowel rods to the back of each ear. Ice front of ears smooth. Insert ears into cake. Cover sides and back of ears with tip 18 stars.
For paws, attach marshmallows to dowel rods and insert into cake. Ice top and bottom paws smooth with spatula.
Insert dowel rod for trunk. Build up with tip 1A. Ice tip of trunk smooth.
Outline facial features and fold lines on paws with tip 4 strings. Pipe in tip 4 eyes (smooth with finger dipped in cornstarch).
Pipe tip 18 stars on face, body, paws and trunk. Pipe tip 8 dot toes and pull out string tusks. Pipe tip 4 string eyelashes.
Ice cupcake smooth with spatula. Print tip 2 message. Position candle.
One of the most popular techniques, stars come in a range of sizes and styles. Experiment with open and closed stars for variation in look. The star technique is timeless and can be used as a classic border or as a stunning fill-in for the top of a dessert.