Mad about a Giraffe Cake

              My sister's birthday cake

A couple of weeks ago, I came across a really adorable royal icing giraffe in one of my mum’s old cake decorating books. I thought the idea was cute and that it’d be cool to make a long cake. Since my sister’s birthday was coming up, I had the perfect excuse!

              Royal Icing Giraffe

The royal icing piping was a lot of fun and the giraffe was really cute, except for one major problem. I hadn’t thought of how I could remove the sugar art from the cellophane without breaking it. But just in case things didn’t work out, I made a little royal icing rooster as well, all the while hoping that the giraffe would stay intact. Sadly, the giraffe did break (into several pieces), but I thought I could still salvage it by assembling the pieces on a long piece of fondant.

Royal Icing Rooster

Little did I realise that I’d just created another problem. The fondant stubbornly refused to dry, despite the hot weather. All it did was dry a little in the day, but turn into a soft mush in the evening. This I attributed to the awful humidity that we’ve been experiencing lately. In the end, I turned to air-conditioning for help. The fondant did dry somewhat, but only if I kept it in the air-conditioned room.

Giraffe Collage

In the end, I managed to get sugar paste and royal icing on to the chocolate cake (sandwiched with raspberry jam and chocolate ganache), but this experience has further convinced me not to put fondant cakes up for sale. At least for now. As beautiful or adorable as the end results usually are, the drying process is just too annoying and is most definitely not worth running the air-conditioning for days on end.


12 Responses to “Mad about a Giraffe Cake”

  1. feli Says:


    I blog hopped here from someone’s blog (I forgot who) and just wanted to say that I LOVE YOUR CAKES!!! My sister is a Giraffe Fan and I think she would have love to have a cake like this. :*)

  2. April Says:

    This cake is precious!!

  3. Anonymous Says:

    This is so cute. So which cookbook did you refer to for the template? I have work with fondant they are not so bad. But the one I used are Wilton purchased fondant. They are easy to handle.


  4. Aunt HN Says:

    You certainly have lots of drive to get the giraffe created in spite of the many huddles to overcome them. Well Done!!

  5. Marianna Says:

    Wow, that giraffe is impressive! I don’t know if I would had had the patience to make it! I love your work and talent!

  6. Samantha Says:

    This is the most amazing cake ever! Where did you get the recipe from? And the template for the giraffe? It’s incredible!

  7. Paula Says:

    I love it! The best I have seen. You are very talented. I am looking for ideas for a giraffe cake. Where did you get the recipe/template from?

  8. Zuanell Says:

    Stunning cake!! Iam looking for ideas for my babies 1st birthday. Where did you get the template (giraffe collage) for the giraffe, its stunning!! Its really adorable!!!

  9. Karen Says:

    Thank you, everyone!

    The template is from my mum’s old Wilton cake decorating book “Discover the Fun of Cake Decorating”, copyrighted 1979. You might be able to find used copies for sale online.

  10. Zuanell Says:

    Thank you very much!!

  11. Lanche Evans Says:


    My baby boy is turning one soon and he loves giraffes. Please can you tell how to get instructions/ recipe on how to create this great cake. The cake is gorgeous! Please let me know.

    Thank you so much


  12. Sally McCormick Says:

    I LOVE the giraffe - thank you for the tips on how to put it together!

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