Ella’s 1st Birthday Elephant Cake

Today we celebrated the 1st birthday of the very gorgeous Ella…

The inspiration for Ella’s cake came from this beautiful cake by The Cake That Ate Paris

and also this image from the birthday invitation…

I didn’t take too many photos of the cake-making-process because I wasn’t sure how many times it would take me to get it looking right πŸ™‚

I stacked my 3 cakes together (lemon mud and chocolate cakes), ganached them and covered them in pale pink fondant. For tips on ganaching and covering cakes, check out these amazing tutorials.

I purchased an elephant cutter for the cookies and simply cut out an elephant and stuck it to the bottom tier with some water. Using some paler pink fondant, I cut a circle out, cut that in half and attached it to the elephant for the ear. For the eye, I cut out a small black circle and then dotted a small dot using some white food colouring.

I rolled out some different shades of pink and some white and red fondant and cut out circles for the balloons, before sticking them onto the cake (and onto the other balloons) to make the balloon pattern.

I drew on the balloon ‘strings’ using a black edible marker – not much room for error!! I should have waited a few hours for the fondant to dry before attempting this as the lines looked a little wonky!

I made some chocolate cupcakes using some ruffle flowers in the pink colours

The cupcakes are iced using some Italian Meringue Buttercream mixed with chocolate ganache.

I made some sugar cookiesΒ in the elephant shapes and decorated them in fondant (using the same method described above for the cake)

I also made some small loveheart cookies for the lolly bags. These were covered in fondant and names were written using my edible marker.

Here’s a pic of the stunning table! Decorations by my friend’s talented sister-in-law and photographs by my gorgeous friend (and the birthday girl’s mum)


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7 Responses to Ella’s 1st Birthday Elephant Cake

  1. Paula February 22, 2012 at 1:06 am #

    The cake and cookies are the sweetest. Everything for this party looks just adorable.

  2. Kelsy March 28, 2012 at 2:59 am #

    How did you do the dots on the cake? Also what size cake pans did you use and how many pieces did you get out of it?

  3. BronnieBakes Admin March 28, 2012 at 7:48 am #

    Hi Kelsy

    Which dots do you mean? The balloons were made with a small circle cutter and the pearl edging around the seams of the cake were made using a First Impression pearl mould.

    I made a 6″ and 8″ cake (oh, and a tiny 3″ for the top) and it was all eaten at the party! There were about 40 people there. It really depends on how big the pieces of cake are, how much the guests want cake (sometimes I find they are too full on cupcakes) and the time of day etc. i always do a 6″ and 8″ for my kids parties (40-60 people) and always have enough!


  4. Feliss September 12, 2012 at 12:02 pm #

    Hi Bronnie,

    I’m attempting your beautiful Elephant cake & was wondering what size First Impressions pearls mould you used? Also, roughly what size diameter circles you used as balloons?

    Thank you for your help.

    Best wishes,


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