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Three Tier Jungle Cake
Jaqui

Three Tier Jungle Cake

by Jaqui
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So you've created your sugarpaste monkey, lion and elephant toppers, and now you're ready to make a great jungle cake! In that case you've come to the right place as we have just the thing. This jungle cake tutorial will show you how to make a fantastic Amazon scene! Perfect for children's birthdays, this three-tier cake is sure to wow and impress family, friends and guests at your party!

you will need...

  • 10" Sponge Cake
  • 8" Sponge Cake
  • 4" Sponge Cake
  • Culpitt Green Sugarpaste
  • Lincoln Green Sugarpaste
  • Baby Blue Sugarpaste
  • Veined Leaf Plunger Cutters
  • PME Leaf Cutter Set
  • PME Teddybear Brown Sugarpaste
  • Renshaw's Chocolate Sugarpaste
  • Blade Modelling Tool
  • Edible Glue
  • Grey Sugarpaste
  • Wilton Green Decorating Icing
  • Wilton Icing Coupler/ Adapter
  • Grass Piping Tip
  • Wood Impression Mat
  • White Modelling Paste
  • FMM Alphabet & Numbers Cutter Set
  • 13" Cake Drum
  • 9mm Leopard Print Ribbon

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Ready Made Vanilla Sponge Cake - 10
Ready Made Vanilla Sponge Cake - 10" Rd
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£16.80
Ready Made Vanilla Sponge Cake - 8
Ready Made Vanilla Sponge Cake - 8" Rd
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£12.10
Culpitt Green Sugarpaste 250g
Culpitt Green Sugarpaste 250g
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£1.69
Renshaws Regalice Lincoln Green Sugarpaste 250g
Renshaws Regalice Lincoln Green Sugarpaste 250g
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£1.49
Renshaws Regalice Baby Blue Sugarpaste 250g
Renshaws Regalice Baby Blue Sugarpaste 250g
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£1.49
Veined Leaf Plunger Cutters x 3
Veined Leaf Plunger Cutters x 3
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£2.99
PME Leaf Cutter Set x 3
PME Leaf Cutter Set x 3
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£2.59
PME Sugarpaste - Teddy Bear Brown
PME Sugarpaste - Teddy Bear Brown
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£1.79
Renshaws Regalice Chocolate Sugarpaste 250g
Renshaws Regalice Chocolate Sugarpaste 250g
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£1.49
PME Blade & Shell Modelling Tool
PME Blade & Shell Modelling Tool
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£4.79
Edible Glue Tube
Edible Glue Tube
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£2.49
Renshaws Regalice Grey Sugarpaste 250g
Renshaws Regalice Grey Sugarpaste 250g
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£1.49
Wilton Ready To Use Green Decorating Icing
Wilton Ready To Use Green Decorating Icing
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£2.50
Wilton Icing Tube Coupler / Adapter
Wilton Icing Tube Coupler / Adapter
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£1.68
JEM Hair / Grass / Fur Tube #233
JEM Hair / Grass / Fur Tube #233
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£2.82
Manly Sugarpaste Texture Sheets x 6
Manly Sugarpaste Texture Sheets x 6
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£13.90
Squires Kitchen Modelling Paste - Snow White
Squires Kitchen Modelling Paste - Snow White
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£4.49
FMM Sugarcraft Upper Case Alphabet & Numbers Cutter Set
FMM Sugarcraft Upper Case Alphabet & Numbers Cutter Set
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£6.86
13
13" Silver Round Cake Drum / Board
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£2.70
Leopard Print Ribbon - 9mm
Leopard Print Ribbon - 9mm
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£1.19

instructions

To decorate this cake, you'll need to have covered two cakes, one 10" cake and one 8" cake with green sugarpaste and light blue sugarpaste (as pictured). You'll also need a smaller 4" cake, which you will cover later in the tutorial. Unless you intend to sit your cake on a cake stand, we recommend that you also cover a round cake drum (roughly 3" bigger than your largest cake) with lincoln green sugarpaste. To add to the animal theme, why not use our leopard print ribbon to tie around the edge of the cake drum?

Making The Leaf Decorations

1. If you've not already covered your cakes with sugarpaste, you will need to do this before to begin to make your decorations - follow our hand 'how to cover a round cake with sugarpaste' tutorial for help! The first step is to create the leaf decorations that you will use around the base of the bottom tier. You want to make several different leaf shapes to create variety and you can do this using a range of cutters, such as our set of veined leaf plunger cutters. Palm leaves can be made using a large metal leaf cutter and then use the blade modelling tool to create slits along the edge of the leaf.

2. Once you're happy with your leaf shapes, it's time to stick them around the base of your cake! Use a little edible glue to secure each leaf to the edge of the cake, placing them as close together as possible. Make sure you cover the whole way around the bottom tier with leaves.

Adding The Palm Tree Decorations

3. Now it's time to make the palm trees! For this you'll firstly need to roll a piece of brown sugarpaste into a long, thin sausage shape.

4. Next, take your blade modelling tool and make lots of small lines along the trunk of the palm tree.

5. Carefully pick up a tree trunk and stand it against the cake. Wet the back of the trunk with a little edible glue and gently press this to the cake to make it stick. Repeat this step with your other palm tree trunks.

6. To make the palm tree leaves, use a large metal leaf cutter to make the shapes for the leaves. You will need roughly 5 leaves per palm tree. Take your blade modelling tool and create lots of small slits in the edges of each leaf. Make a line down the centre of the leaf to create a 'veining' pattern, but be careful to not pierce through the sugarpaste when doing this.

7. Stick each palm leaf to the cake one by one, using the top of the tree trunk as your centre point. The end of each leaf should meet at the top of the trunk.

8. Add some detail to your palm tree by making some lovely little coconuts. Simply take 3 small pieces of dark brown sugarpaste and roll these into smooth round balls. Place the coconuts in the centre of each palm tree and secure using a small amount of edible glue.

Decorating The Top Tier

9. The bottom two tiers are starting to come together, so now it's time to turn your attention to the top tier. You're going to sit your lion on this, so it's only fitting that you create a 'pride rock' for the king of the jungle! Firstly, cover your cake with a crumbcoat using buttercream or frosting.

10. Next, you need to roll lots of small pieces of grey sugarpaste into balls and then flatten these against your cake to make rock shapes. You can either cover the whole cake using grey sugarpaste 'rocks' or alternatively, as we have done here, cover half the cake in green sugarpaste to look like grass. You could also fill any gaps between your rocks with small pieces of green sugarpaste to look like moss.

11. Stack your pride rock on top of the other two tiers so that it is slightly off-centre. You're going to sit your monkey next to the rock so make sure you leave enough space on your cake.

12. For extra detail and decoration, add some grass around the base of pride rock! A great way to create this effect is by using the Wilton green decorating icing tube, a Wilton coupler/adapter and a grass piping tip. Simply squeeze the tube and make little blobs of icing all the way around the cake to create stunning grass detail!

13. Now you can sit the lion on top of pride rock! To secure the lion to the cake, use a little buttercream or royal icing.

Finishing Touches

14. The cake is really starting to come together, so now it's time to make the finishing touches. Again using the Wilton Kelly Green Decorating Icing, a coupler/adapter and a small round piping tip, pipe curved lines between each palm tree to make vines.

15. A nice finishing touch to your cake is to add a name and age if it's for a birthday. Add some gum tragacanth to a piece of dark brown sugarpaste and then roll this out to roughly 3mm thick. Using the impression mat, create wood texture on your sugarpaste.

16. Cut out a rectangle shape using a sharp knife or cutting wheel, roughly 2" long (depending on the name/ message you want on your sign, you might want to make this bigger). You also need to cut out a long thin plank from the sugarpaste, and then lay the bigger rectangle on top of this in a cross shape. Stick them together using edible glue.

17. The last thing you need to do to finish the sign is to create the message to go on it. Use an FMM cutter to create each letter and then stick each one to the sign with edible glue. We recommend using modelling paste rather than sugarpaste, as this is generally less sticky and will make your letters come out with cleaner edges. Roll your modelling paste out to roughly 2mm thick before using the cutter. Put the sign to one side to harden before arranging this on your cake.

18. Stand your sign against the cake (here we've positioned it against pride rock) and then pipe some more grass around the base of this to help it stay in place. You can also at this point add your monkey to the cake, again sticking it into place using royal icing or a little edible glue.

19. Lastly, add your elephant to the cake by sitting him on the cake drum!

You've now made a funky jungle cake that your friends and family are going to go bananas about!

 

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