My son turned 4 on Saturday. He ordered up a “Giraffe Cake”. I asked if it would be ok to make giraffes to put on the cake instead of a big cake that looked like a giraffe and he said, “Yes, and monkeys, and hippos, and tortoises ’cause those are my favorites.” So I went to work.
My son’s favorite color is green so naturally the icing had to be green. I tinted vanilla buttercream grass-green and also a little moss-green for a contrast. I also made a small batch of chocolate buttercream for the tree trunks. The cake was chocolate, his favorite. I stacked 6 inch layers on top of 10 inch layers. The animals were all made from modeling chocolate. This was my first attempt with modeling chocolate and I love it! It’s so much easier to work with than fondant and it tastes way better.
He was pretty pleased with his fourth birthday cake. I have to say that I was too!