My little girl just turned one, so being that I love to do cakes, I was so excited to do a cake for her birthday. I had seen a giraffe birthday cake in a Wilton Yearbook, and since she loves giraffes (...okay, maybe it's me that loves giraffes, but I'm slowly brainwashing her to have giraffes be her favorite animal :)
My husband gave me one rule when it came to her birthday cake--no fondant. He wanted it to taste good for her when she dug into it and took that famous first bite that parents so look forward to, with camera in hand.
The giraffe's body was made from a football pan, the head from half of a sports ball pan, the muzzle from a mini ball pan, and the neck, ears, and legs from sugar cookies. It took a lot of time, and a lot of stars, but I finally got the cake covered.
I think that he turned out pretty cute. And I only used fondant on the hat and sign! That's pretty good considering that I love working in fondant.
The next decision to be made was what to feed our party guests. I found this idea at bakerella.com, and when my husband saw it, he thought it was the coolest idea, so that is how we ended up with these cute little "hamburgers" made from cupcakes (buns), brownies (meat), frosting (mustard, ketchup, lettuce), and sugar cookies (fries). That's my kind of hamburger!
I had a dilemma, though. I needed some way to tie the giraffe/animal theme in with the hamburgers and fries. That's where these little boxes came into play that I found at orientaltradingcompany.com. Too cute and too perfect to make little happy meals with the hamburgers and fries for all of the kids.
And as everybody knows, a happy meal must come with a toy or prize. Aren't these little bubbles adorable and totally perfect to help tie everything together?!