Safari Cake for Baby Shower

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In this video tutorial, I'll show you how to make an adorable Safari Cake for baby showers! 

Safari Baby Shower Cake- Free Video Tutorial

In the decorating video at the bottom of this post, you will learn how to make a cute lion, elephant, monkey, and snake, as well as other fun decorative details!

We have lots more animal themed cake tutorials for you to check out in our Cake Decorating section. Have fun with this one!

Materials for Safari Cake

For today's cake, we did 8 inch and 6 inch stacked tiers. As always, each tier is on it's own cake cardboard.

The top tier is supported from beneath with four bubble tea straw supports (cut to the height of the bottom tier). 

Gum Paste (you can also use fondant with a bit of tylose powder kneaded into it to speed up the drying and firm it up). 

Template for "Boy" Letters

I used a Martha Stewart letter mold for "It's A". I've had it for so long I don't believe it is still available, but there are many similar ones online (or you can use letter cutters, tappits, piped buttercream, candy melts, etc.)

Vanilla Buttercream- We used our Fluffy Vanilla Buttercream (Our Classic Vanilla recipe is a good choice also)

Piping Tips: 233 Grass Tip, 352 Leaf Tip **I also used a piping tip 10 to cut out polka dots for the letters.

Coloring Gels: I used Wilton Leaf Green, Americolor Sky Blue, Americolor Black (to create grey), Deep Pink, Lemon Yellow, Super Red (flowers), Chocolate Brown, Orange, Americolor Egg Yellow (lion), Americolor Copper (Monkey's mouth, ears, etc)

Pink Petal Dust applied with a dry paintbrush for rosy cheeks

Food writer pen- black

White sugar pearls or balls of fondant for eyes in the bushes

Plate or palette for mixing "paint" for snakes

Vodka or lemon extract for creating edible "paint"

Extruder- optional- used for creating the vines (I have a Makin's Ultimate Clay Extruder)

Edible glue such as tylose powder with a small amount of warm water mixed in is helpful when attaching animal parts etc, piping gel works also. (You can find a recipe here: Tylose Glue)

Miscellaneous: I always use a turntable when frosting my tiers. Each tier is on it's own cardboard cake circle cut to the size of the cake. I frosted with a small offset spatula, and smoothed with a bench scraper. 

Safari Baby Shower Cake

Jungle Cake Tutorial

Some of the details of today's safari cake are similar to our Jungle Cake Tutorial!

Make sure to check out our Jungle Cake as well (which incorporates 3d fondant animals). We have a Jungle Sheet Cake tutorial too!

You may like to incorporate details from these cakes as well!

Learn to make an adorable jungle cake! Free Cake Decorating Video

Kids Birthday Cake 

Today's safari cake could easily be made into a young birthday cake! Just eliminate or change the message on the front, and add a cute number cake topper on top! 

*We have a free video tutorial for How to Make a Number Cake Topper if you would like to see! We also have many more birthday cake ideas to share with you.

This cake could be made from all sorts of cake recipes, from lemon cake to almond cake, white velvet cake, yellow cake, and more!

Cute Safari Baby Shower Cake Tutorial

Enjoy the video!

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  1. This just steals my heart, Melissa! Such adorable animals and wonderful colors...I can't wait to try this charmer!♡

  2. Whenever I use a buttercream based cake and try to match a fondant covered board the colors are never the same. How did you get the fondant and buttercream the same green color?

    1. @dbrown1450- Hi there, I think it's difficult for them to match completely. The buttercream on my cake and the fondant leaves are close, but not an exact match.

      With fondant being so white, and buttercream (unless shortening based) having a slight yellow tone, they don't always match when tinted.

      Many decorators swear by adding the tiniest bit of lavender coloring gel to the buttercream when mixing to make it whiter, but I haven't experimented much with this. If it is close, I'm happy.