I made this jungle animal cake for my daughter, Cara's, 9th birthday. She was having an animal themed party so I showed her some different ideas I had, and this was the one that she liked the most. Her favorite animal was a white tiger, so we made sure that would be one of the animals on the cake. :)
|Zoo Pals plates and cups worked great with the theme. :)|
|My mom found these cute jungle animal candles for Cara to blow out.|
For this cake I baked 3 cakes, a 10-inch round, an 8-inch round, and a 6-inch round. When I stacked the cakes, instead of centering them right in the middle, I shifted them toward the back to give me some extra room in the front for the waterfall and animals (you can see what I mean if you look at the back view of the cake in the pictures above).
After I crumb coated the cakes and let them set, I used a food coloring marker to draw where my pond and waterfall would be. I iced everywhere except where there would be water with buttercream icing I tinted green.
I tinted some buttercream blue and put it in the microwave until it had a thinner consistency, just thin enough to pour easily, but not super thin and runny. I started at the top with the pond and poured the icing out to fill in the space for the water. I continued to pour off the side and down slowly to let it flow down the cakes naturally. After it was set just a little I poured over some spots again to fill in any spaces that were missed and make some more of the drippy water look. I used a grass tip to pipe the grass around the bottom of each layer and all along the edges of the water.
I sculpted each of the animals using fondant and painted on the details with food coloring. I would have liked to make more animals, but I didn't have enough time. I liked all the animals on the cake, but I really liked the elephant squirting water from his trunk, it may have been my favorite. :)
I thought the cake turned out really cute, and everyone enjoyed it, especially Cara! :)
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