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My son chose the theme of his 5th birthday to be animals. I baked a large rectangle cake and then cut the bottom into an arc or the shape of the bottom of a boat. I used normal icing, colouring it blue and put that over 1/2 the cake to make the sky. I then coloured some fondant icing to brown and made that the bottom 1/2 of the cake.
I chose my son's favourite animals (elephant, lion and giraffe) and made paper cut outs of them to check proportions. I then coloured fondant icing different colours and made the animals. I outlined detail in string licorice or black tube icing. It was a brilliant success.
Trujillo Alto, Puerto Rico
When my son turned two, I decided to make his birthday with the jungle theme, since he loves all kinds of animals, especially the giraffe, elephant, monkey and zebra. I made the invitations, bought the decorations, but what was I to do with the cake?
So we decided to make one of our own. Since my mom used to make the cake designs for our birthdays when we were little (a long time ago) she decided to do it again for her first grandson.
We decided to create a giraffe, and, using a "Little People" giraffe model, this is what she created.
My mom made two big rectangular cakes and cut them into the different shapes to make the body and face. She then painted vanilla flavor frosting with yellow food coloring and, for the spots, she used chocolate bits.
Everyone enjoyed the cake, since it was one of the most beautiful cake designs and also delicious, so thanks mom!!!
The party theme was 3 little piggies, for our triplets 1st birthday. I came up with the cake idea on my own.
Once I had the idea for the theme for the party, I traced a picture off of the wall border in our triplets bedroom. I then took it to a copy store and had them blow it up as large as I wanted the cake to be. I then made 3 cakes that were baked in 9x13 Pyrex pans.
Once cooled, I took the cakes out of the pans and placed them on top of a board that was covered with coordinating wrapping paper. Once all 3 cakes were on, I placed the blown up drawing on top and began to cut all around the cake. Once the cake was cut to size I put the extra pieces aside for people to nibble on.
I then started to cut my template little by little, frosting everything color by color, like a paint by number. I used more frosting when I had variances in the height of the cakes. The black was actually shoe string licorice.
Angie surprised me when she sent me this picture of her son's birthday cake with our Safari printable invitation design SCANNED onto the top of the cake. Talk about finding creative ways to use our free printable invitations!
McHenry , IL
My little one at the time was in love with raccoons; we had a wild one who would visit us each evening. So, it was only fitting that he should have his own for his birthday. The raccoon's coloring was a mixture of chocolate & vanilla frostings marbled together; the warm eyes were M&M's. For his cute button nose I used a junior mint. This by far is one of my favorite cakes, mostly from how happy my son was to have his own special birthday raccoon!