Zebra Print Tutorial

My “animal print lover” friend is expecting a baby in February 2013.
So, when the time came to make a cake for her Baby Shower, I knew this was a great opportunity to experiment with zebra print on fondant!

Pretty simple stuff, actually!

I began by rolling out the base color (my friend is expecting a girl, so PINK was our color of choice) to about 1/4in thickness

Stretch enough fondant so that it covers the size of your cake. This is about 1lb of fondant for a 6in diameter - 5in tall little cake

Stretch enough fondant so that it covers the size of your cake. This is about 1lb for a 6in diameter cake (5in tall)

The second step is to cut stripes in a contrasting color (for this zebra print, I chose black fondant)
Roll out your second color to 1/8in thickness (the thinner, the better, as long as it doesn’t get destroyed when you try to lift it up)

Cutting zebra stripes on Black Fondant

Cutting zebra stripes on Black Fondant

Step 3: Place your “stripes on the base fondant
My fondant was pretty sticky and I didn’t need to add any “glue” such as water, shortening or sugar glaze. I would be very careful not to add “glue” to the edges of the stripes as they could become very wet and change the texture of the fondant.

Place Zebra Stripes

Notice that all stripes are placed in the same direction. I also left a little bit of room around each of them to avoid overlap.

All stripes are now in place and ready!

All stripes are now in place and ready!

Step 4: Stretch your fondant one more time
Follow the same direction of your stripes and firmly press with a rolling pan to achieve same thickness throughout the fondant. My fondant is “sandwiched” in between 2 layers of FDA approved plastic that allows me to roll the fondant in a more efficient way.

Stretch fondant one more time

Stretch fondant one more time

Step 5: Cover your cake with the printed fondant
Notice my little cake crumb coated on the side, waiting anxiously to be covered with the zebra print design!

Ready to cover the cake!

Ready to cover the cake!

Step 6: Trim all the excess fondant (which may be used to cut out cupcake lids, as shown)

The Zebra Print is a success on my little cake!

The Zebra Print is a success on my little cake!

Use the excess trimmings of fondant to cut out cupcake lids!

Use the excess trimmings of fondant to cut out cupcake lids!

Et voilá! Out little cake topper and baby shower cupcakes are now ready to be displayed! (The light was pretty bad at the reception hall and all my photos of this cake look blurry and lacking color! 🙁 But you must trust me when i say it was a cute cake! 🙂

The final cupcake tower during the Baby Shower!

The final cupcake tower during the Baby Shower!