2 Tiered Jungle Cake with Fondant animals and Swiss Meringue Butter cream: All Homemade for the Sonny Boy

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Last weekend we celebrated Sonny boy’s 3rd Birthday. And when we asked what he wanted for his special day he asked for a big cake, which he will take to school and cut with all his friends around. I was too happy to oblige as seldom I get a chance to do an elaborate celebration cake. So I decided on a jungle themed cake and with the guest list in mind it had to be a 2 tiered one. Now if you reside in India you would understand how difficult it is to do something good with cake decorations here. I mind sound like cribbing a lot about this but that’s what it is here. We don’t get any standard product here and when all things are to be homemade, half the fun is gone. Still I wanted to woo the kid who even refused the doodle pro saying he only wants a big cake (though the grand parents got it for him anyway). The cake needed lot of effort and time which I gladly  put in. 
The end result was satisfying and the birthday boy kept on smiling and telling everyone “ei caketa amar jonyo mumum banieche. Amar mumum sab theke bhalo ranna kare”(Mom made this cake for me. She is a very good cook). Guess who was the happiest and proudest of them all????

It was difficult to make the fondant at home as half of the products were unavailable. Dint get glycerine or good shortening. Gel food colours are unheard of so had to make do with liquid colours which is an absolute no-no for fondant making. But still the homemade fondant tastes way better than what they use on the store bought cakes. The icing was super yummy and firm enough to hold all the cake tiers and the fondant animals.


Jungle theme cake

Please mail at ahomemakersdiary@yahoo.in for the recipe. Thanks.


You will need
1. Vanilla cake: 2 classic yellow 5” round cakes (recipe given below)
2. Chocolate fudge cake: two 9” round cakes (use THIS recipe)
3. Swiss meringue butter cream: 4 cups; Recipe given below
4. Fondant: makes 3 cups or more; recipe given below





Assembling the cake:
Place 4 strips of butter paper or foil around the edge of your serving plate. During decorations it will catch all the dripping icing and when done remove the strips to get the cakes standing on a clean surface.

Chop off any dome from the cakes to level it. Place one big fudge cake on the serving plate. Spread some icing and level it with a offset spatula. Place another fudge cake (bottom up) on it. Make sure the edges match.

Take one white cake and place it at the back of the 9” circle (not outside). Spread icing on it and place the other layer (bottom up) on top of it.

At this stage I inserted to bamboo skewer through all the four layers to make it more stable. Cover the whole structure with generous amount of frosting. Put in the fridge to set.

Before your guests arrive place all the decorations and the name cookies and serve.

A Homemaker's note:
This cake calls for a lot of work so plan accordingly. Make the cakes a day or two before and store wrapped in cling film.

Make the fondant animals prior to the day you want to present the cake and air-dry them at least for 24 hours. I was too excited to see the cake in its real avatar and placed all the animals on it in the morning itself. The party was in the evening and the cake had to sit in the fridge for 6-7 hours before cutting. The water in the air made it shiny and glossy. Do not put the final figurines in fridge as water will make it shiny.

Make the name cookies beforehand or you might forget all the

Make the butter cream on the day of party itself. It tastes best when prepared fresh.

All the recipes that I have used here are really very flexible. You can scale up or down but be sure to maintain the proportion.


The yellow cake is very very delicate that’s why I dint slice and made more layers. If you get cake dowels then you can slice all the cakes horizontally to make an even taller and exquisite looking cake.


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60 comments

  1. Simply adorable. its so so cute..

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  2. I spot an elephant, a lion, mushrooms, a duck, a bear, a giraffe, a ladybug, lots of flowers, a snail, and wow you nailed it!
    Despite the lack of product availability, you did a great job. Especially your attention to detail - even the end of lion's tail!
    The birthday sure would be proud of his momma :-)

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  3. Take a Bow,standing ovation from me..awesome and yes, I can picture your sunny boy proudly saying "eyita amaar mumma banieyeche"..lovely..ami last time ekta simple fondant cake baniechilaam tateyi eto time legochilo ..eyita to onek nikhot kaaj..portek ta props khon shundor esheche ..khob shundor Sayantani..tumi ki cake decorations shikhecho.hugs and smiles

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  4. Thanks Nisha, Mitu, Jaya. great to know that you all liked it.

    this is the first time I tried making fondant and working with it. and no I never learnt cake decoration. but would love to attend some class to know more about it.

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  5. Wow! That is super impressive Sayantani. I cannot believe you made all that at home. Your little one is one lucky boy!

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  6. u r awesome girl....luv all that u did....very nice...

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  7. Such a pretty looking cake! Kudos to your effort!

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  8. Awesome cake with gr8 details..loved all the fondant animals

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  9. Hard to believe that this is your first trial with fondant! All the creatures look so lively..vibrant colors and lovely cake.

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  10. thnk u dear...u did an awesome job too really appreciate ur patience

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  11. Your an awesome Mum, and an even better artist! Belated birthday wishes for your boy.

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  12. Wow..wonderful job there..That needs lot of patience and dedication Sayantani...Hugs to you.
    Happy B'day to your Son..!

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  13. So cute looking cake with all the animals. Loved the look of it.

    Deepa
    Hamaree Rasoi

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  14. oh wow! looks so fancy, cant believe u came up with such a mind blowing cake without most of the ingredients available in india!

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  15. wow! simply wow!!....it looks so perfect! how long did u take to finish?? whoaa.....hats off to u!

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  16. U have nailed it dear... Looks perfectly decorated...Baking such a perfect cake from scratch kudos girlie

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  17. Super awesome !! You really have patience girl, those animals are so cute and the whole theme is just so perfect for a little boy !! A big birthday hug to him and congratulations to you, this is brilliant !!

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  18. Happy birthday to your son dear. I am really impressed with what you have made.
    The details in the animals is amazing. Why do you want to attend classes give them instead.

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  19. Sayantani as mentioned on FB this is a fabulous work of art with the bear minimum resources and loads of personal inputs!! Great work my dear!! If this is what you make out inspite of unavailability of resources..you can create great things when you have all the things at hand:)) An ace you are:))

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  20. Great job with the fondant Sayantani, I need to try it sometime too, though am not sure if I have the patience for this! I love Wilton color gel, do check if this is available online in India. Birthday wishes to your son!

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  21. awesome work dera.u made this wonderfu..
    Maha

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  22. wow adorable cake...i can not believe u made all these..i appriciate ur effort and patience...

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  23. U have put so much thought, time and effort into making this cake and it really shows!! I loved the cute lil animals, they look so life like! :-)

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  24. Happy Birthday to the little one. What an adorable but fantastic looking cake.

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  25. Wow...what a marathon it must have been and the outcome...spectacular. I love the lion a lot. Looks really cute. Your boy must been simply delighted.

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  26. May God bless your child with loads of happiness. You are one talented lady, that truly is a labour of love. If I had the means I would institute an award for bloggers and you would definitely be somewhere at the top.

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  27. Sayantani,
    Your fondant work is beautiful. Fondant cake can be refrigerated, but do not try to touch it once removed. Condensation will eventually evaporate and it will be fine. Very bright colors and I am sure you made your entire family feel proud of you.

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  28. That is great work of art, i wonder how u manage to get all those items to bring up a nice two tiered cake.
    Happy Birthday to the little one!

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  29. What a cute and amazing cake! That must have taken lots of hard work - but totally worth it! awesome job :)

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  30. looks soo cute, n gud for your son , mommy is a pro, I simply love the cake...and if its homemade ...tht makes it extra special

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  31. Sayantani, I can understand the feeling when U get to hear "My mom made it for me" & the twinkle in their eyes....It's a beautiful cake, U have done a wonderful job specially with baking stuff unavailability in India.....I made animal themed cake for my lil'ones 2nd b'day....& loved how all the kids loved eating the animals....I saved pink elephant :) yes, I still have that.....

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  32. yes, simply wow! you made all that at home. our little boy must be so proud of you

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  33. Hi Sayantani,

    I'm an avid follower of your blog, though hv nvr posted comments before. But this time, cldnt hold myself back....Superb Cake!!.. loved each nd every bit of it...the smile on the little one's face must hv made it even more special for you.

    Minakshi

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  34. This is so amazing. Puro tah home made!! and so neatly done. Sotthi kobe je India te baking product more easily available hobe.
    Happy birthday to your boy :)

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  35. Wow Sayantani..that is some cake!! the little one must be so happy and you too!!
    Thank you so much for the festive wishes, ya I think with blogging, we can spread cross custom awareness too!

    love

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  36. Hi Sayantani,
    What a phenomenal job you have done with this.Looks wonderful and so cute.

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  37. your baby is super lucky to have a wonderful mom like you :)
    Ki darun cake hoyeche..Ish aamio ekhon kolkataye thakle party crash kortam eyee cake er lobhe :)

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  38. your baby is super lucky to have a wonderful mom like you :)
    Ki darun cake hoyeche..Ish aamio ekhon kolkataye thakle party crash kortam eyee cake er lobhe :)

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  39. ahh..cake looks just adorable and phenomenal too..I never had so much patience to make fondant from scratch..and many blessings to your sonny boy ! def u r one proud mom...
    btw never knew that u can get marshmallows in kolkata ?

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  40. wow..u have done an awesome job..fabulous cake..

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  41. OMG, this's super super cool...no-no, you are super cool! I can't even image doing something half as grand as this, you baby's lucky to have such a talented and loving mummy! Belated happy b'day to Sonny!

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  42. That's an adorable cake for the birthday boy. Belated b'day wishes to him. Even without proper access to the supplies your work is amazing sayantani. Glad to follow your lovely space.

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  43. Very beautiful cake...appreciate yr hard work

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  44. Sayantani...lovely cake. Please give us some classes on how to make it. I am a fan of your all cooking. Please give us some class....i would simply love to attend it. Sujata

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  45. @Sujata, thanks for your appreciating words. please mail me at ahomemakersdiary@yahoo.in. planning to start some baking class soon.

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  46. Sayantani!!! am a fan!! this cake looks awesome! love the attention to detail too. Your little's one blessed to have a mom like you. very inspiring too! Makes me want to try my hand at this!! Thanks a tonne for posting this!

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  47. WOW!! I just chanced upon your blog and am amazed. Cake ta o'shadharon. I am a cake decorator but NO you are not cribbing or complaining...if you achieved that in India without all the luxury of ready made eta sheta that is so easily available in the US...you are better than the best!! Keep it up.Bangla ranna gilo aar chobi gilo amazing too. I am glad i found your blog.

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  48. @Nutty cook, Kasturi, thanks girls for your comments. It means a lot to me and my effort.

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  49. Awesome So cute :) Nice blog Do please follow my blog and visit my blog http://tangymind.blogspot.com/

    I had followed ur blog and exciting to get friends :)
    achu

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  50. Thats a cute cake! You have made the animals perfectly! Great work indeed! Belated Birthday Wishes to your son!

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  51. Hey ..wonderful cake..M sure ur proud about it too..i am planning to try something similar but not sure about making fondant...can u suggest where can i buy marshmallows in kolkata?? ur reply would be really appreciated :)

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  52. @Tuli, thanks for your comment. for marshmallow try the gourmet section of South city spencer's. hope this helps.

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  53. It is such an amazing feeling to bake your kid's birthday cake. Love this one, the animals are so adorable! I can so relate to the challenges of cake decorating in India, you've just done an amazing job!

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    www.laavyskitchen.com

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  56. I don't know about glycerine or shortening but gel colours are available online at www.gourmetco.in . You also get a lot of other stuff there like lustre dust ,edible ink pens , vanilla bean, cupcake liners and a horde of sprinkles and confetti.They deliver in kolkata. Hope this helps. Your cake looks awesome. :D

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  57. Lovely cake. I am in awe of it...

    Do you have home made fondant recipe here? I was searching in your blog but couldn't find it.

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