Going to the Zoo

A zoo half-cake for my daughter's 2nd birthday. I wanted something small enough to take WITH us to the zoo, but I didn't want cupcakes, so I cut an 8" cake in half. Pirouette cookies around the outside, fondant decorations, yellow cake w/chocolate BC frosting. On this cake I learned how much sturdier Wilton fondant is for figures; the panda is the only one made of MMF and he never dried! Next time I'll check out gum-tex.

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Thanks so much for the great feedback. They were truly a gas to make. I did a search on "zoo" here on CC and looked at other cakes with animals. I didn't take notes or print anything out, I just sort of filed the info in my brain and then went downstairs and "went for it". I am so happy I resisted the urge to add smiles to all of them; I think they show more character w/just the eyes. (Well, actually you can see I pressed in a smile on the monkey but I thought he needed a face.)

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That is just adorable! I love the expressions on their faces. Reminds me of Wallace and Kromit characters. Very well done.

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Very cute! I like how all the other animals are looking at the panda bear as if to say, what's the matter with you, why aren't you dry yet???

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LOL! That is a hilarious comment about the panda :lol:. They are saying "why did your belly get so saggy? You were supposed to be round like us!" Thanks for the comments, you made my day!

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I LOVE this cake! It's sooooooo cute! Those animals are absolutely to die for and I love your letters (again!) - I'll have to try that - I never thought of rolling letters from fondant. :)

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you're figures came out great...I am sure she loved this cake...my 2 year old daughter sure would!! Great job!!

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This is so precious! I'm really looking forward to learning about fondant so I can do neat stuff like this. Excellent job!

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Thanks so much for the great feedback. They were truly a gas to make. I did a search on "zoo" here on CC and looked at other cakes with animals. I didn't take notes or print anything out, I just sort of filed the info in my brain and then went downstairs and "went for it". I am so happy I resisted the urge to add smiles to all of them; I think they show more character w/just the eyes. (Well, actually you can see I pressed in a smile on the monkey but I thought he needed a face.)

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That is just adorable! I love the expressions on their faces. Reminds me of Wallace and Kromit characters. Very well done.

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Very cute! I like how all the other animals are looking at the panda bear as if to say, what's the matter with you, why aren't you dry yet???

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LOL! That is a hilarious comment about the panda :lol:. They are saying "why did your belly get so saggy? You were supposed to be round like us!" Thanks for the comments, you made my day!

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I LOVE this cake! It's sooooooo cute! Those animals are absolutely to die for and I love your letters (again!) - I'll have to try that - I never thought of rolling letters from fondant. :)

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you're figures came out great...I am sure she loved this cake...my 2 year old daughter sure would!! Great job!!

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This is so precious! I'm really looking forward to learning about fondant so I can do neat stuff like this. Excellent job!

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you have 40 comments - don't need me to tell you that your ALL your work is just beautiful. you are very creative and talented.

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Very creative! Your critters come to life!! I am thrilled you have shared your work with us! What an incredible inspiration you are to me!!

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Great figures. I agree that Wilton fondant is much sturdier. FYI - Satin Ice brand tastes better, but it's way too soft for modelling.


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