This summer I received a request to make cupcakes and a cake with an adorable elephant cake topper! I was really excited, only to learn that that I’d be on vacation on the date of the event. However, we talked about options. The hostess was having trouble finding someone to make the cake and cupcakes and I was willing to make the elephant since he could be made ahead of time. She decided to just have the elephant as the topper for the cupcake tower and made a plan to bake the cupcakes.
This little elephant is perfect for a baby shower! He is fun and not that tricky to make.
Making the Topper
Roll out a large ball of gray gum paste. Place it on your cake base, securing with a little bit of Royal Icing. Then, roll out two smaller balls of gum paste. Use a leaf veining tool to make little toe marks in the feet and then affix them to the cake base with Royal Icing.
Now, Roll out 2 balls of gray gum paste for arms. Curve them slightly and make sure that the ends are nice and flat. Use the same leaf veining tool to make finger marks in the arms. Now, use a bit of Royal Icing and a small toothpick bit or piece of spaghetti to attach these arms to the elephant body.
Add the head/trunk. This is the trickiest part of the elephant. You will want to have a head/trunk combo that is one piece of gum paste so that there is no seam in the head/trunk area. Start with a piece of gum paste about the same size as the body and then roll it into the head/trunk combo. It may take a couple of times to get the trunk length just how you would like it and the head round enough etc. Affix the head/trunk combo to the body of the elephant with a toothpick and some Royal Icing. You may also use a piece of dried spaghetti or other pasta shape. Curve your trunk slightly to give it a natural, casual feel.
Add eyes and eyelids. You may use pre-made eyes, eyes you made yourself from Royal Icing, or you could make eyes with a little bit of gum paste and fondant. I used my home made Royal Icing eyes. After you put the eyes on your elephant, use a little bit of gray gum paste to make the eyelids.
Cut out the ears. I used a strawberry cookie cutter and just used the bottom 2/3 of the cutter to cut an ear shape. Attach the ears to the elephant’s head with a little bit of Royal Icing.
Now you have an elephant! If you use him on a cake you would not need to glue him to the cake base, but you should put supports underneath him so he doesn’t sink into your cake. My little elephant got a nice bow added for the party to let everyone know she was a girl!!