How to make Hippo Cupcakes (Part 1 of 4 Zoo Animal Tutorials)

I had some leftover batter from a birthday cake I made for a friend’s daughter, so used it to make some cupcakes to decorate.

I have a little obsession with cake/cupcake/cookie decorating books and decided to use my most recent book ‘The Art of Cupcakes’ by Noga Hitron as inspiration for making some hippo cupcakes. I also used one of the girls’ bath toys as inspiration 🙂

This book has a lot of great ideas, but not really enough pictures or step by step info, so i thought I’d do a step by step tutorial for you.

First of all.. mix a few drops of black food colouring to make a grey colour and roll out thinly.

Cut out a circle of grey fondant large enough to cover the top of your cupcake and stick on using a mixture of apricot jam and hot water.

Start making the mouth by rolling out an oval shape of grey fondant.

Cut the ‘mouth’ and indent a dot on either side. Using a modelling tool or blunt knife, shape the mouth by creating more space between the lips.

Roll out some pink fondant and cut out a tongue shape (basically it is like a ‘B’ shape)

Glue tongue inside the mouth

Make two holes for the eyes and then roll out 2 balls of grey fondant for the ears into teardrop shapes.

Flatten the teardrop and using a ball tool, indent a hole in the ear and squeeze the bottom together.

Fix onto the cupcake using some edible glue or your apricot jam mixture. Also glue on your mouth.

Using a skewer or modelling tool, make two holes inside the mouth

Roll out some white fondant into a thin sausage, cut into two and make one pointed end for each piece.

Dab the hole with some edible glue (or your apricot mixture) and insert the pointy end into the hole.

To make the eyes, use your ball tool to make the eye indents a bit larger

Roll out 2 white balls and 2 smaller black balls and slightly flatten before gluing onto the eye indents.

Finally make the nostrils in the same way as the ears (only smaller) and glue onto the mouth.

In Round 2 of Lily vs Mum, Lily took on the task of recreating the hippo cupcake with interesting results…

She decided she didn’t need to look at my cupcake as she could do it herself 🙂

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8 Responses to How to make Hippo Cupcakes (Part 1 of 4 Zoo Animal Tutorials)

  1. Paula May 12, 2011 at 1:12 pm #

    I love these little hippo dudes! So cute and a great tutorial on how to to them.
    Lily did a super job on her little hippo, and she’s right Mom….she can do it herself and she certainly did.

  2. nell May 12, 2011 at 4:15 pm #

    Lily’s is very Dali-esque – I love it!

    They are seriously cool cupcakes.

  3. Simone May 13, 2011 at 10:25 pm #

    omg how cute. and i love lily’s version as well. you are very talented

  4. Erin @ Making Memories May 16, 2011 at 9:52 am #

    Oh my gosh! These are totally adorable!!!

  5. Sheridan May 20, 2011 at 8:14 pm #

    Cant stop laughing – that is so funny. Lily certainly has a mind of her own and I love it! Amazing cupcakes and I just wanna EAT THEM NOW!

  6. radhika May 21, 2011 at 2:30 am #

    Thanks for the step by step tutorial! Liliy is quite talented!

    I am having a bog giveaway. $30 store credit to get a super hero cape from pip and Bean! Check it out!

  7. Kim August 27, 2012 at 9:16 pm #

    these are so cute….
    How about a step by step tutorial on how to make the fondant, that would be great

    • BronnieBakes Admin August 28, 2012 at 4:00 pm #

      Hi Kim

      I buy my fondant and use the Bakels brand


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