How To Make Safari / Jungle Animals Fondant Cupcake Toppers – Tiger, Zebra, Giraffe, Elephant, Monkey, Hippo, Bear, Lion

Tutorial with Step by Step Photos - How To Make Safari / Jungle Animals Cupcake Toppers – Tiger, Zebra, Giraffe, Elephant, Monkey, Hippo, Bear, Lion

As promised, here is the full tutorial on how to make Safari / Jungle Animals Fondant Cupcake Toppers, the ones I showed you in Part I of my Safari / Jungle Themed First Birthday Party post. Here are all the posts in case you missed them:

Part I – Dessert Ideas
Part II – Appetizers, Finger Foods & Snack Ideas
Part III – DIY Decoration Ideas + FREE Printables
Part IV – Cheap Party Supplies & Decorations 

In this post you will find step by step instructions and photos on how to make all the toppers as well as details on all the tools I used. I made four of each animal face cupcake topper, from tigers, zebras, giraffes, elephants to monkeys, hippos, bears and lions. I think they turned out pretty adorable, right? Which one is your favourite?

I also made a few ones with the number 1 but you can personalize these ones based on your little one’s age. I used the FMM Funky Number Tappit Cutters to make the number 1.

And now let’s get started since it’s a pretty long tutorial. If you’ve found this useful I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments!

 

Tiger

Materials & Tools:

Directions:

Knead and roll out the orange fondant to a 1/8 “(1/3 cm) thickness. Cut out round shapes using the 2.5 ” (6.5 cm) round cutter.

Knead and roll out the yellow fondant to the same thickness. Cut out oval shapes for the mouth.

Roll two small balls of orange fondant into a teardrop shape. Use the small ball tool to make an indentation, a bit more at the base of the ear and less towards the tip.

Cut the black stripes using the X-Acto knife and the nose shape.

For the eyes, roll out a bit of white fondant and make tiny circles using the small end of the #8 piping tip. You can shape these with your fingers as well but I find it harder to make them exactly the same in size. Attach two dots of black fondant for the pupils using a bit of water. If you want to save yourself some time you can buy the pre-made Candy Eyeballs.

Use a small brush and some water to attach all the pieces together as seen below.

Use the bigger end of a piping tip to mark the mouth and the blunt knife to mark line just below the nose. Use the pointy end of the cone fondant tool or a toothpick to mark in the cheeks.

Let the tiger face cupcake toppers dry on a flat surface.

Tutorial with Step by Step Instructions & Photos - How to Make a Fondant Tiger Cupcake Topper

 

 

Zebra

Materials & Tools:

Directions:

Knead and roll out the white fondant to a 1/8 “(1/3 cm) thickness. Cut out round shapes using the 2.5 ” (6.5 cm) round cutter.

Knead and roll out the black fondant to the same thickness. Cut out round shapes and then using the same cutter cut off a bit of each end to make the mouth as seen in the image below.

Roll two small balls of white fondant into a teardrop shape. Use the end of the paint brush to make an indentation, a bit more at the base of the ear and less towards the tip.

Cut the black stripes using the X-Acto knife.  For the eyes, roll out a bit of black fondant and make tiny circles using the small end of the #8 piping tip.

Use a small brush and some water to attach all the pieces together as seen below.

Use the bigger end of a piping tip to mark the mouth and the end of the paint brush to mark the nostrils.

Let the zebra face cupcake toppers dry on a flat surface.

Tutorial with Step by Step Instructions & Photos - How to Make a Fondant Zebra Cupcake Topper

 

Giraffe

Materials & Tools:

Directions:

Knead and roll out the yellow fondant to a 1/8 “(1/3 cm) thickness. Cut out round shapes using the 2.5 ” (6.5 cm) round cutter.

Roll a ball of fondant for the mouth/nose, shape it into an oval and flatten it with your fingers. Make the nostrils using the small fondant ball tool. Use the bigger end of one of the piping tips to mark the mouth.

Roll two small balls of yellow fondant, flatten them with your finger and pinch them at one end. Use the small fondant ball tool to create a small pocket in the ear.

Roll two tiny balls of brown fondant to make the two pieces between the giraffe’s ears.

Roll out some brown fondant and using the 3 round piping tips make tiny dots in different sizes. You could also make 10-12 tiny balls out of brown fondant and flatten them out with your finger instead of using the piping tips.

For the eyes, make two tiny balls out of black fondant. Or you can use an edible marker to draw them.

Use a small brush and some water to attach all the pieces together as seen below.

Let the giraffe face cupcake toppers dry on a flat surface.

Tutorial with Step by Step Instructions & Photos - How to Make a Fondant Giraffe Cupcake Topper

 

Elephant

Materials & Tools:

Directions:

Knead and roll out the gray fondant to a 1/8 “(1/3 cm) thickness. Cut out round shapes using the 2.5 ” (6.5 cm) round cutter.

Cut out a flower shape per elephant and make the ears as seen below.

Roll a ball of gray fondant and shape the trunk using your fingers. Make small indentations using the blunt knife fondant tool.

Make the two tusks using white fondant.

For the eyes, roll out a bit of white fondant and make tiny circles using the small end of the #8 piping tip. You can shape these with your fingers as well but I find it harder to make them exactly the same in size. Attach two dots of black fondant for the pupils using a bit of water.

Brush some water on the edge of the ears and stick them to the side of the head. Attach the trunk, eyes and tusks using some water as well.

Let the elephant face cupcake toppers dry on a flat surface.

Tutorial with Step by Step Instructions & Photos - How to Make a Fondant Elephant Cupcake Topper

 

Monkey

Materials & Tools:

Directions:

Knead and roll out the dark brown fondant to a 1/8 “(1/3 cm) thickness. Cut out round shapes using the 2.5 ” (6.5 cm) round cutter. Cut out two small round shapes using the large end of the piping tip for the ears.

Knead and roll out the light brown fondant to a 1/8 “(1/3 cm) thickness. Cut out round shapes using the smaller round cutter.

Roll out two small balls out of light brown fondant and flatten them with your fingers. Attach them to the two small circles using some water to form the ears.

Use the flower cutter to cut out the monkey face from the round shapes made out of light brown fondant as seen below.

Make two tiny balls out of black fondant for the eyes and a slightly bigger ball out of brown fondant for the nose. Make the hair out of dark brown fondant.

Use a small brush and some water to attach all the pieces together as seen below.  Use the bigger end of the piping tip to mark the mouth.

Let the monkey face cupcake toppers dry on a flat surface.

Tutorial with Step by Step Instructions & Photos - How to Make a Fondant Monkey Cupcake Topper

 

Hippo

Materials & Tools:

Directions:

Knead and roll out the purple fondant to a 1/8 “(1/3 cm) thickness. Cut out round shapes using the 2.5 ” (6.5 cm) round cutter. Cut out oval shapes for the mouth.

Roll two small balls of purple fondant, flatten them with your finger and pinch them at one end. Use the small fondant ball tool to create a small pocket in the ear.

Cut the teeth out of rolled white fondant using the X-Acto knife. For the eyes, make two tiny balls out of black fondant.

Use the pointy end of the small fondant veining to mark in the cheeks and the small ball tool to make the nostrils.

Use a small brush and some water to attach all the pieces together as seen below.

Let the hippo face cupcake toppers dry on a flat surface.

Tutorial with Step by Step Instructions & Photos - How to Make a Fondant Hippo Cupcake Topper

 

Bear

Materials & Tools:

Directions:

Knead and roll out the dark brown fondant to a 1/8 “(1/3 cm) thickness. Cut out round shapes using the 2.5 ” (6.5 cm) round cutter. Cut out two small round shapes using the smallest round cutter.

Knead and roll out the light brown fondant to a 1/8 “(1/3 cm) thickness. Cut out round shapes for the mouth using the oval cutter.

Roll out two small balls out of light brown fondant and flatten them with your fingers. Attach them to the two small circles using some water to form the ears.

Make two tiny balls out of black fondant for the eyes. Also, make a slightly bigger ball and shape it into a triangle or oval with your fingers to form the nose.

Use a small brush and some water to attach all the pieces together as seen below.  Use the black marker to draw the mouth.

Let the bear face cupcake toppers dry on a flat surface.

Tutorial with Step by Step Instructions & Photos - How to Make a Fondant Bear Cupcake Topper

 

Lion

Materials & Tools:

Directions:

Knead and roll out the orange fondant to a 1/8 “(1/3 cm) thickness. Cut out flower shapes using the 2.5 ” (6.5 cm) cutter.

Knead and roll out the yellow fondant to the same thickness. Cut out round shapes.

Roll two small balls of yellow fondant into a teardrop shape. Use the end of the paint brush (or a small ball tool) to make an indentation, a bit more at the base of the ear and less towards the tip.

Make two small balls out of white fondant for the moustache. Make two tiny balls out of black fondant for the eyes and a slightly bigger one for the nose.

Use a small brush and some water to attach all the pieces together as seen below.

Use the pointy end of the cone tool to mark the moustache and the end of the paint brush (or a small ball tool) to mark the mouth.

Let the lion face cupcake toppers dry on a flat surface.

Tutorial with Step by Step Instructions & Photos - How to Make a Fondant Lion Cupcake Topper Tutorial with Step by Step Photos - How To Make Safari / Jungle Animals Cupcake Toppers – Tiger, Zebra, Giraffe, Elephant, Monkey, Hippo, Bear, Lion Tutorial with Step by Step Photos - How To Make Safari / Jungle Animals Cupcake Toppers – Tiger, Zebra, Giraffe, Elephant, Monkey, Hippo, Bear, Lion


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Comments

  1. Jamie says

    hi! I want to try making these for a friend’s baby’s 1 year old zoo party.

    I’m a total newbie with fondant cupcakes. Are people supposed to eat the cake toppers? Or is it meant to harden completely and just plucked off?

    Thanks!!

    • Roxy says

      Hi Jamie,

      You can definitely eat the fondant toppers. They shouldn’t harden as much so that you can’t eat them… actually, if you live in a hot and humid climate the fondant will be softer and not harden as easily. Also, it depends how many days ahead you’re making the toppers. The longer they sit the dryer they get but it takes a good amount of time for them to harden out completely. Personally, I don’t like eating the fondant… it’s mostly made of sugar. But I love decorating with it :). I have friends who really like the fondant though :).

      I hope this helps!

      Roxy

  2. Christine says

    Thank you so much for this tutorial! I have a baby shower I am doing cupcakes for in 2 days and I was a little overwhelmed and considering cheating and just printing toppers for the cupcakes. Your tutorial is so simple, yet they look amazing and give me the hope that maybe I can pull this off! Thanks for sharing your talents!!

    • Roxy says

      I hope you gave these cupcake toppers a try for the baby shower :) . They take some time to make but the final result is worth the effort :)

  3. DK says

    Hi Roxy,

    How much in advance can these cake toppers be prepared and how to store them? Do you also have tutorials on making the actual cake with the fondant and all the details you added to it including the name, number 1 etc.?

    Thanks,
    DK

    • Roxy says

      Hi Daniell, You would need about 3. 5 – 4 pounds of fondant. I hope this helps and sorry for the late reply.

  4. says

    i had to make jungle cupcakes and your website with precise instructions came in very handy. Just wanted to thank you for all the insttuctions for newbies like me.. Best wishes Michelle

  5. Jacqui says

    These are so cute. I never thought I could do something like this on my own, but after reading this I just might be able to.

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