Long on Birthday Fun Cake
Sporting a perky birthday hat, this colorful creature is ready to party! Use our patterns to turn Sports Ball Pan, First and Ten Football Pan, and Mini Ball Pan cakes into a good-looking giraffe.
Makes: Cakes serve 18; each cookie serves 1.
Skill Level: None
Long on Birthday Fun Cake is rated out of 5 by 4.
Rated 5 out of 5 by Sassyzan from 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 5 out of 5 by sgedey from 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
Rated 4 out of 5 by scottylynn from 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