My son turned two over the weekend and we had a safari/jungle theme party for him. I think it all turned out great. Here is a bunch of pics and some short examples of how it was made :)
The cake I made was a single 10" layer cake as the base two 8" layers as the middle and a single 6" layer as the top. I frosted the whole cake in white frosting then used piping gel tinted with sky blue coloring for the waterfall. Then I used green and brown frosting to add the effects to the cake like the trees,grass and all the shrubs. I finished it off with a few chocolate candy rocks and some safari animals.
I also made the cake zebra striped. You do this by alternating between white and chocolate cake mix. I also added some black food coloring to my chocolate cake to make it darker.
Here is how it looked cut.
On to the cupcakes. We made 24 cupcakes so that gave us 6 of each animal.
The tiger I frosted orange. (used white and added orange gel paste to it) then used a lighter orange for the mouth circle. Used a small tip on my black frosting to add the lines and a small brown for the mouth. Used orange jelly belly beans for the ears and mini m&m's for the eyes.
For the monkey I frosted him brown with a lighter brown mouth and hair. I used a mini marshmallow cut in half for the eyes topped with a mini m&m. And used junior mints for the ears.
The zebra I cut a slit in the bottom of the cupcake and inserted a vanilla waffer cookie to add definition to the zebras head. Then I frosted the cupcake white and the nose black. Also added black for the lines and hair. Used black jelly belly's for the ears and again mini m&m's for the eyes.
The lion I used the same frosting that I used for the tiger for the face and also the mouth. I then added caramel corn for the hair some cheerios for the ears pretzel sticks for the whiskers and the mini m&m eyes.
For the smash cake I made a safari jeep. I made this out of pound cake so that it was easier to work with. I baked it in two mini loaf pans. One for the car base and then I cut the other one in half for the top of the car. Frosted it add green with a white windshield. Added 5 small chocolate doughnuts for the wheels. (one on the back for the spare tire) and used rope licorice for the detailing around the windows,doors and the grill on front. I used black licorice for a roll bar and come spree candy. 2 yellow for the front lights and 1 red for a steering wheel. I used two white good and plenty's for the door handles. also added stick cookies to the bottom of the jeep and added a small plastic alligator into the back of the jeep.