Gabriel was turning one. So naturally, his brother Noah had to pick out his cake. (This is the same Noah of the dinosaur cake.) He decided on a large elephant. So his mother decided to go with a jungle animal or circus animal theme. She had the elephant pan, but she also wanted some cool cupcakes to go with it.
First I made the elephant.
I love these "character" pans because they are so low-stress. You just bake it in the shape, then pipe stars to fill it in. And done.
|It looks kind of creepy at this stage.|
Then I did the outline and all of the smooth parts. To achieve this look, simply pipe the frosting in the shape that you want and then smooth with a finger dipped in cornstarch.
|Finished Elephant - So cute!|
Next came the cupcakes. I was going to make three different kinds, lion, monkey and elephant, from a recipe in my Hello Cupcake book. Here are the ingredients I used:
Twizzlers (the kind you pull apart)
Chocolate Jimmies (yeah I didn't know what these were either. It's sprinkles)
I used candy melts to make the ears and trunks for the elephant using the template from the book. I let these dry overnight. I should have waited to put them on until I brought them to the party. They looked really good on the cupcakes, but the next day they were kind of falling over and breaking. So now I know to wait to put those final touches on at the last minute.
The lions were definitely the hardest because I had to cut up the licorice and it took FOREVER! But they turned out really well. They got an orangey face, then surrounded by pieces of licorice. I added the heart from the Runts and piped the mouth and whiskers. Mini blue M&Ms for the eyes and regular cheerios for the ears.
Here is the whole setup:
|Wasn't quite sure at first . . .|
|Wait, this tastes pretty good!|
And it's gone.
Happy 1st birthday buddy!