Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Fondant Safari Animals

This week I got a call from a friend asking if I could make a cake.  I had a general idea of what she was looking for, so I went online for some ideas.  In the process I realized that I was going to need to make a few fondant safari animals, specifically an elephant, tiger, giraffe, zebra, and hippo.  The question was then whether I should make them two dimensional or three dimensional.

And so, I drew out a design.

Gotta love the drawings right?  Maybe I should go to art school someday . . . 

I tried the cake idea with 2D animals.  My friend came back and asked that we remove the age and the snake, but loved the rest of the cake.  No problem!  So I thought a little bit more and decided . . . lets convert one of these animals to 3D for the top of the cake.  The birthday girl's favorite animal was the elephant - which made this choice very easy!

I found a great tutorial on You Tube from Tea for Two Bakery in Ontario, Canada.  It was so good, I wanted to share it with you (with her permission of course)!

While watching the video, I attempted the process.  What I ended up with was so amazing, I couldn't even believe I had made it!  Great tutorial Tea for Two!!

Before Eyes . . . 

I was super-pleased with how he came out and so I decided to try and attempt a few 3D birds to replace the snakes on the cake . . . 

Two cockatoos, and two parrots.

(In case you are wondering they are drying on greased wax paper so that they don't stick.)

The elephant took approximately 40 min to an hour, and the birds (all four) took about an hour (including coloring the fondant).  I was in love. :)

I began on the 2D animals next.  There are very few cookie-cutters or outlines that looked the way I wanted the animals to, so I ended up drawing my own outlines for all four animals.  I began last night with the zebra and giraffe.

I should mention that since I am crunched for time to finish the cake, I do not have tutorials on anything I did.  However, I have had a blast making them and could easily be convinced to do one or two tutorials and even post the outlines of the animals for you to use.  Just leave me a comment and I will be happy to reply. :)

Ok, so without further ado . . . the giraffe and zebra.

And this is the pan drying in my kitchen:

Tonight will be lions and hippos, and tomorrow the cake assembly will begin.  Look for more posts as the week goes.  And again, if you want to see any of these as a tutorial or you want the outlines, leave me a comment. :)

Happy Baking!


  1. amazing...great job! ~Mom

  2. Sarah this is absolutely fantastic....great job..

  3. Awesome job Sarah! You are very talented! Joanna