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“In the jungle, the mighty jungle, the lion sleeps tonight ….. “
You have that song stuck in your head now, don’t you? Now you know how I felt the whole time I was working on my niece’s birthday cake. Every time I opened the door to my cake room it was like lifting the lid to a music box; the song would immediately fill my head. It was the perfect song for the cake though. My niece recently turned six and had a jungle themed birthday party at a local campground. She requested I make her a jungle cake with animal prints and jungle animals all over the cake. I took out my sketch pad and drew up my ideas.
I got her approval and went to work. After many hours of sculpting, baking and decorating (I’m not sure exactly how many since I don’t ever keep track) I finished and ended up with a cake that was almost exactly like my sketch. Most of the time it seems I end up having to change a lot of things in the process of going from sketch to finished product so it was kind of excited to keep so close to the plan.
Here is the final creation.
I loved this cake and had so much fun with it. Everything on the cake is edible. The animals are all sculpted from modeling chocolate and the tree is made from chocolate and rice krispy treats.
Here are some close up pictures of all the details.
My niece’s favorite jungle animal is the tiger so I made sure he sat on the top of the cake along with a tree and a bamboo number 6.
A cute little elephant seated on a leopard print tier.
The giraffe was my favorite. Notice how I made him eating some of the leaves from the upper tier.
The monkey was just hanging out, chillin on top of the zebra print.
A chocolate sign wishes my niece a “Happy Birthday.”
The king of the jungle sits in the very front of the cake behind the bamboo border of the cake base.
Some jungle foliage.
Lucky for you, I took pictures while I made everything so I have several tutorials to come on creating these jungle creatures.
Plus, there was a secret inside the cake. Take a look.
That’s right! Animal prints!
The top tier was tiger print, the middle leopard print and the bottom zebra print. This was my first attempt at getting creative with cake batter. It was so fun to hear the kids squeal in excitement once they saw the animal prints in the cake slices. I photographed how I made all these, as well, so you will also be getting tutorials on how to create your own animal print cakes.
It was such a special day. But as adorable as the cake turned out, it wasn’t anywhere near as adorable as my darling niece.
I hope it will be a day, and a cake, that she will never forget.
Check back soon because my next blog entry will start the series of jungle themed tutorials with instructions on how to bake animal print cakes.
Until next time, God Bless and Sweet Dreams.