I had a great time crafting this elephant. I created a template from a "how to draw an elephant" instructional website, used it to cut out the fondant, and then rolled over it gently with crumpled parchment to emulate the elephant's wrinkles. (My initial plan was to use plastic wrap, but it wasn't strong enough to make the impressions.) I tucked the tusk underneath and layered on a gently flared ear to add some three-dimensionality. I meant for it to look like he was walking in the tall grasses, so I let the blades come up around his knees.
The elephant looked a little lonely. It needed a pop of color. Josh suggested a little birdie, and I pictured him riding along on the elephant's shoulder. The sun and clouds just finished it off.
R's a chocolate fan, so the cake was my usual chocolate recipe with vanilla frosting.
I love celebrating with these kids and watching them grow every year. Happy belated birthday, Ra!
Print chocolate cake recipe.
Print vanilla frosting recipe.