3D Elephant Cake

3D Elephant Cake

$350 - $390 ($90-$120 for Baby)

Learn how to make a 3D Elephant Cake and sugar elephant figurine.

In this tutorial, I show you how to make a 3D elephant cake along with a modelled elephant figurine. The main thing I would like to demonstrate is a very simple and methodical way of making a 3D animal cake that securely stands with 4 legs.

Downloadable Course Material

If you would like to approximately match the size of the artwork in the tutorial, print the downloadable files at 100% size. If you require your artwork to be smaller or larger, just adjust the print size accordingly.
3D Elephant Cake Course Material
This PDF document contains templates and guides to help you with this tutorial.

Part 1
The Plan
Tools, Materials, Ingredients & Recipes
Layering the Cake
Baby Elephant
Part 2
DAY 2 - Baby Elephant (continued)
Fondant Work
Adding Colour
Final Thoughts
Total Duration

While not everything on this list is absolutely required, these are the things used in this tutorial video. Of course you are welcome to find alternative ways of doing things and we would love to hear if you've discovered an easier method or better tool to achieve good results. Please note that some items may be listed as sets, and it is usually recommended to have full sets, it may not be neccessary. In most cases, only one item from a set is actually used in the tutorial. Please watch the tutorial before purchasing any items to make sure you are not buying anything you don't need.
Tools & Materials
Cutting & Slicing
  • Set of knives
  • Craft knife
  • Pizza cutter
  • Box cutter
  • Set of scissors
Rolling & Coating
  • Set of PVC pipes (30mm to 40mm thick, 40cm & 20cm long)
  • Rolling pin (30cm long)
  • Powder shaker (Filled with starch)
  • Needle or pin (to pop air bubbles)
  • Perfections strips
  • Fondant smoother
Colouring & Painting
  • Airbrush set
  • Gel colours
  • Luster dust
  • Set of brushes
  • Clean sponge cubes
  • Titanium dioxide
Masking & Layering
  • Set of icing spatulas
  • Set of scrapers (hard and flexible)
As food barrier
Small elephant toy
For taking pictures to prepare an actual size plan.
Latex Disposable Gloves Shop Online
Disposable food safe thin latex gloves.
6mm, 3mm drill bits and drill
To make holes on cake boards and internal platform
Cake Board Watch Tutorial
9mm thick, circular MDF which is 40 cm in diametre, covered with green velvet and protected with cellophane sheet
A piece of wood coated with fabric and temporarily covered with cellophane to keep fabric clean until the cake is complete. For more information, watch our tutorial on how to cover a cake board with fabric .
Threaded Rod (6mm) Shop Online
60 cm total for cutting legs
Threaded rod that is 6mm in diametre. Measurement can also be referred to as M6.
M6 Nuts
16 X
3mm galvanised wire
20cm for the trunk internal support
6mm MDF Internal platform
for internal support. Special shape cut according to top profile
Zip tie
For joining trunk support to the internal platform
Wrench Set Shop Online
Metal saw
Recipes & Ingredients

1.5kg Baked any shape and sliced into 1cm thick layers.
Includes the off cuts which will be used for cake paste.

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One comment

  1. Debra Carter says:

    Can you explain why you think Titanium dioxide is food safe?

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