Try this easy but immensely kid-pleasing decorated cake for a jungle- or safari-related themed kid’s party. You’ll need:
Hard board surface on which to build the cake
Green colored sprinkle sugar
Cake decorating icing to write happy Birthday or a package
of Happy Birthday Pick Candles
Small hard plastic toy jungle animals (or Lion King™ characters)
to fit the theme
First, you’ll need to bake your cake. We like a good boxed mix, but of course a scratch cake is great. Chocolate or vanilla will work. To make the cake moister, try adding a handful of chocolate chips into the batter before baking. You can match chocolate chips to a chocolate cake or white chips to vanilla, or go for opposites for a contrasting “confetti” sort of effect.
Bake the cake in a rectangular cake pan per the directions, and let it cool completely.
While the cake is cooling, prepare a board to support your cake creation. Foam core works if you have it readily available or select a large cutting board, corrugated or other sturdy flat surface. Cover the board with foil.
Place the rectangular cake on the covered board. Create zebra stripes across the entire cake – remember to continue the stripes onto the sides of the cake – by alternating white and chocolate icing. The stripes do not have to be perfect.
Using leftover white frosting, ice the part of the board that’s sticking out beyond the cake. Sprinkle green colored sugar on the white icing to create a grassy feel. At this point let’s note that you will need to decide whether you are going to write “Happy Birthday” on your board or on the top border of your cake. This will depend on how much board is sticking out. If you choose to write on the board, do leave some space in the icing without the green sugar.
Create a leafy jungle border by placing plastic leaf garland around the top outside edges of the cake, except for leaving space across the front for the Happy Birthday message or toothpick candles.
Add the toy animals to the top of the cake. It is best to have one animal for each child at the birthday party so you can place one on each piece when you serve it. You can clean off the animals later, and send them home in gift bags at party’s end.
A last trick we like is to store the cake in the oven to keep it fresh until party time. Obviously you want to be sure the oven is completely cooled before you do this. Place a piece of tape on the oven control knob to remind everyone it’s in there.
We’re sure the young “party animals” will love this cake. For more ideas for a safari/jungle theme, check out our Jungle Party Supplies catalog.