Elephant with a Cupcake!~ A Blog Tutorial

Hello everyone! Happy Friday!

Today’s tutorial is short and sweet…but I hope it brings a smile to your face! We wanted to create an animal of some sort…and after a bit of consideration, a pink polka dotted elephant won out over the rest. ;0) – We started by making a 9×13 sheet cake and reserved enough batter to make a cupcake too. Our elephant loves cupcakes!

After baking the sheet cake, I drew out a template, which you can print out and use if you would like~ Click HERE to see!

Because I was working with a fairly dense cake, I had no trouble carving out my elephant shape while the cake was at room temperature. If you are working with a fragile cake, you can carve it while the cake is partially frozen.

Here we go! ~

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You’ll have a few scraps leftover~  don’t throw them away!  You’ll want at least one of the scraps for a party hat ;0)

 

 

After carving, I frosted my cake with a crusting vanilla buttercream.  This has been tinted with a little Americolor Deep Pink coloring gel.

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Once my buttercream had had a chance to crust (5-10 minutes assuming that your cake wasn’t frosted while cold),  I smoothed it with a Viva brand paper towel.  There are other methods for smoothing, or you could comb the cake with a decorating comb.  Anything goes! ;0)

 

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After smoothing the frosting, I used an xacto knife to cut away the excess cake cardboard.  All of my cakes rest on a cardboard, which makes it easier to transfer it to it’s final base later.  (If you’d rather do this “cut away step” before frosting the cake, that works too!)

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Now, to give our elephant a sweet face & some personality!  This is the time for you to have fun with your design–but feel free to copy mine if you’d like!

I piped on some polka dots with a Wilton (medium round) tip 12.  My buttercream dots are also tinted with Americolor Deep Pink coloring gel.

I piped on and filled in my elephant’s ear using my Wilton tip 12 also, and then smoothed it with a Viva paper towel after it crusted.  The small dots and outlines on my elephant were piped with a Wilton tip 3 (smallish round tip).

My elephant’s eye is a chocolate chip (with a small buttercream dot in the center).  The eyelashes & mouth were drawn with a toothpick!

 

You’ll see the full photo soon…but here’s a sneak peek!

 

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Our elephant could have been done at this point, but we wanted to give her a party hat & cupcake.  It is a birthday party, after all! ;0)

We cut a small wedge of scrap cake into a triangle and frosted it with some buttercream tinted with Americolor Electric Green.  I found it easiest to pipe on my frosting with a Wilton tip 12 and then smooth it. You could also just use a star tip to get a different effect.

I frosted the party hat cake while it rested on a paper plate.  After smoothing it, I chilled it in the freezer for 10 minutes to firm things up,  so that I could then pick it up and place it on our cake board, right where it belonged.

 

 

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We decorated the party hat with Wilton Jumbo confetti sprinkles, and added fringe with a Wilton star tip 12.  Our cupcake was “glued” to the board and elephant trunk with some dots of icing.  Then, I used my 2D large star piping tip to pipe on a little frosting.  Don’t go too heavy on the icing, or it may tip over!  I added a few sprinkles..and a candle with a buttercream flame piped onto the wick!

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That’s all there is to it!  I think that this sweet elephant would be the perfect guest for any little one’s birthday party.  I hope that you agree!  ;0)

 

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Thanks for stopping by the blog, we’ll see you next time!

 

 

 

Category: Animals/Animal Print, Blog Tutorials, Buttercream Techniques, Kids, Miscellaneous Kids Themes, Themes and Occasions

17 Comments

  1. karen says: #1

    Adorable!

  2. Nellie says: #2

    cute cake to make with children

  3. MsGF says: #3

    Very cute and simple too! Love it!

  4. Lynn Sutherland says: #4

    so cute! thanks for another wonderful idea! :)

  5. Anita Barron says: #5

    That’s so precious, any child would love this cake

  6. Delores Coston says: #6

    That is so cute. Thanks for giving us the templates along with the how to blog. Going to see if I can make this for my granddaughters…. They are going to love it…

  7. trina karnes says: #7

    I love it I was wondering what cake recipe did you use

  8. BeBe says: #8

    We used the White Almond Sour Cream recipe

  9. Linda St-Hilaire says: #9

    I can’t see all of the photos are they larger ?

  10. Melissa Diamond says: #10

    Hi Linda–There are two that were more closeup shots (5th and 7th photos) that only show a section of the cake, is that what you mean?

  11. Maryati says: #11

    Sooo cute!!!!

  12. Joy says: #12

    What a darling little cake. Any child (or adult who acts like a child) would be thrilled to receive this cake! Another great idea and great job!

  13. 777Marianela says: #13

    You are so incredibly talented and creative! God bless you,

  14. Claudina says: #14

    Una torta de elefante es precioso exelente para un compleaños especial para los niños,Muchas gracias por compartir,Cuidate que el Dios te bendiga.

  15. Natasha says: #15

    This cake would look really cute as a baby shower cake as well ! :)

  16. Jo says: #16

    Lovely creation!!

  17. Peggy says: #17

    Can you tell me how many people this cake will feed?

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