Zebra cake!!

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As I previously posted, Sam has been very specific in her birthday cake requests.
This is the sketch she gave me…

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So, she wanted the bottom layer to be zebra skin to match her room.
I treated myself to some new cake pans yesterday, so I baked the cakes last night. I mixed all the fondant colours yesterday too, so I am all set to go. Except the fact that I forgot to buy vanilla icing, and just don’t have enough time to make it from scratch, so I used chocolate icing instead. let’s hope it doesn’t show through the white fondant!

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Then I started with the white fondant…

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Rolled it flat, so that it was big enough to cover the cake…

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Btw, notice that I rolled the fondant on a sheet of waxed paper…very important! If you don’t use waxed paper, your fondant has a good chance of being connected to your tabletop! It also makes it so much easier to lift, as you will see…
Then I rolled out a piece of black fondant as thin as I could roll it.

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I used a paring knife to slice the black fondant into strips. I tried to cut the strips so at least one end was pointed.

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Then I picked up the strips and placed them onto the white fondant…

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I continued until the entire circle of white fondant was covered.

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Then I put a sheet of waxed paper on top and rolled the two layers together.

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This pastry tool worked really well to smooth it out…

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To put it on the cake, I flipped it over using the waxed paper on the top and bottom.

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Then I rolled the fondant onto the cake…

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Smoothed it out…

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And trimmed the edges…

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Ta-da! Bottom layer of cake zebrafied! Now all I have to do is make the animals, rainbow, trees, and background.

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29 responses »

  1. That’s amazing! Do you have a pic of the finished cake complete with bears (i believe they are…) and trees? The non-baker in me is inspired!

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  3. I had trouble with the speed falling off after moving to the cake, did you secure them on the white with water or just rolled it in? I mistakenly rolled the fondant onto the pin to lay on cake instead of lifting by waxed paper. Did you have trouble with that?

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    • I don’t think I added any water, from what I remember, the black colour would rub onto the white if it got wet. I use wax paper on the top and bottom of everything I roll out. I did try to keep it covered so it stayed moist and didn’t dry out. And, I did roll it quite a bit to stick them together. Hope that helps!

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  4. Fabulous tutorial! It was hard to see the photos, though, what with all the pop-ups on each one. Other than that, I love your site! 🙂

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  5. Thanks for your feedback, I am not sure why there are pop ups, you are the second person to comment… I will look into it, I can see how that would be annoying!
    Glad you liked the tutorial though!

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  6. Thank you so much for sharing this idea, I used it to do a zebra cake on Friday and it looked amazing, and my niece was over the moon.

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