Today's Jungle Sheet Cake design is perfect for jungle or safari themed birthday parties!
What makes this cute design even more fun is that we've created a zebra print pattern on the inside of the cake. We hope that you enjoy the video!
We used simple templates to cut out our fondant animals, and painted them. I love the painted effect! You could also tint your fondant if you would rather and layer on the details. Have fun with this design- and if you try it, we would love to see in the comments below!
Materials For Jungle Sheet Cake:
Fondant (I kneaded a little tylose powder into my fondant as an optional step- it makes it set up more quickly)
Coloring Gels: Americolor Egg Yellow (lion & giraffe), Chocolate Brown, Avocado Green, Leaf Green (I used a combination of greens), White, Super Black, Orange, Sky Blue
Vodka, Everclear, or Lemon Extract- Combine with coloring gels to create your "paint"
Small paint brushes (that you keep on hand for cake decorating only)
Extruder- Optional- I used a clay extruder for my vine across the top of the cake
Letter Cutters- I have a set of Wilton letter cutters that I used for my "Happy Birthday" message
Piping Tips: Tip 21 for piping around the sides of the cake, Leaf Tip 352 or similar for borders
xacto knife or sharp knife for cutting out fondant shapes using templates
Miscellaneous: Disposable Piping Bags, Spatula, cake board, cake base, rolling pin for fondant
For the Zebra Print Pattern on the Inside of the cake
I used Duncan Hines cake mix to create a zebra pattern for my jungle sheet cake.
I made one batch of White Cake Mix and one batch of Devil's Food Cake Mix. I liked the consistency of the batter. If you are working from scratch or a doctored cake mix, choose one that isn't too runny or too thick.
We used a 9x13 sheet cake pan (greased & floured as usual and with parchment on the bottom)
The zebra cakes that I have made in the past were round cakes (as we demonstrated in this Zebra Print Cake Blog Tutorial). Round zebra cakes are a little more predictable because you add the scoops of batter until all sides meet the edge of the pan.
With a sheet cake, you'll likely need to do as I did and have more than one "spiral" of batter. Every slice was different- some more perfectly striped than others, but overall I got the zebra pattern that I was looking for- It's a fun theme and also a fun alternative to marble cake!
More Animal Themed Cakes
Here are a few more animal themed cakes that we've made over the years! These are all free cake video tutorials, and we have a jungle themed one as well!