I have made these cute little elephants for a few cakes in the past and everyone seems to love them. As it turns out they are relatively simple to create. If you aren’t used to working with fondant, think of it like play-doh, except it’s more expensive and tastes better. Well, a little better ;)
Some elephant cakes:
For the tutorial I decided to make a girly elephant in pink and green.
Start with a large ball of pink fondant and small amount of green fondant. I use about a 2/3 fondant to 1/3 gum paste ratio. This makes it easy to mold, but will also dry hard.
Shape the body into an egg and insert a piece of spaghetti. I used bucatini which is hollow and sturdier and most importantly, I had it in my pantry.
Stick the body onto some styrofoam or an egg carton to dry while you are working on the other parts.
For the head, make a ball out of some of the remaining pink fondant – Don’t forget to save some for the arms, legs, and ears.
Roll down half of the ball with your fingers to create an oblong shape. Then, continue to shape the stretched piece until it resembles an elephant’s head with trunk.
Use a toothpick to make creases where the trunk curves up. It’s the details that make the elephant!
For the arms: Roll a piece of fondant into a little log. Press onto the end of one to create a larger, flat side. Using a toothpick, press into the flat side to make toes. Finally, curve the skinny side so you can apply it to the elephant’s body.
For the legs: follow the same procedures, but instead of curving the skinny side, flatten it, since it will be sitting under the body.
Angle the legs and dab a little water on the skinny ends. Set the body on top and support the back with a bowl or other firm object.
Using a large piping tip (or whatever round cutter you can find) cut out pink circles for the ears and smaller green inserts. Add a dab of water to the pink and press the smaller circle on top. Here they’re looking a little like green eggs….
I want this elephant to look like a stuffed animal, so I added dots around the green circles with a toothpick to look like stitches.
Using a bit of water, attach the ears to either side of the head.
Attach the head to the body on top of the dry spaghetti noodle. If the trunk or ears start to flop, use a paper towel to support them until they are dry. This shouldn’t take more than an hour or so.
Finally, add some nostrils to the trunk, little, tiny black fondant balls for eyes and a cute green bow.
Don’t forget the side smile!