Noah's List: Elephants, Hippos, Lions and Giraffes. And just for good measure, one white dove on top!
They requested a lemon flavor, which is one of my favorites. I made lemon butter cake with lemon buttercream frosting, and then covered it with brown fondant. I used fondant sculpting tools to simulate the effect of boards along the side of the cake and the little house on top is actually a mini cereal box covered in fondant. The roof texture was created by cutting small rounds of fondant, or scales, and then layering them on a flat piece of same colored fondant to create the effect of roofing tiles. I placed rolled up straws underneath to add some lift to the roof, which worked out nicely. I sculpted the animals from fondant and tried to match their colors and facial expressions to the partyware. Finally, I placed all of the animals on the boat and added some leftover blue fondant along the bottom to create the water.
Closeup of the back of the boat: the lions, one giraffe, and the dove.
Closeup of the front of the boat: One hippo, one giraffe, and one elephant. The other hippo and elephant are peeking out the portholes on the side!
All told, I really like this cake. I was worried that I might have got the colors wrong or that it wouldn't work out, but in the end I think it came out wonderfully. I got some great compliments on it at the party when I dropped it off. This cake almost gave me a heart attack though because it almost bit the dust on the way there–I turned a corner and the tray it was on started sliding and the cake started sliding on the tray. It was by the grace of God that I managed to catch it justintime before it hit the dashboard of my SUV. Fortunately the only damage it sustained as a result was one of the lions needed to be put back in place and the elephant on deck had some head issues, both of which were easily rectified.
I do have to laugh though...given all the rain we had this week and weekend, this cake was very appropriate in theme. The humidity did give me a little bit of trouble but the cake looked great and it appears that everyone at the baby shower loved it too, which is the most important thing of all.