I was asked by a co-worker to make a Zanzibar-themed baby shower cake. I had NO CLUE what Zanzibar was...turns out it's just fancy talk for safari. hehe Anyway, she gave me a picture and I printed some from the internet. They were too blurry to enlarge and trace so I drew them by hand and cut them out. I should have used cardstock so they'll last longer! I laid them on top of the fondant and traced around them with a toothpick and then used a small cutting tool and a knife to cut it out. The smaller pieces were just formed (or cut) free-hand to fit on top of the larger pieces. I used the leaf-shaped fondant cutter to make the leaves and the small circle fondant cutter to make the coconuts. My initial plan was to place the animals on top of the cake and then have jungle scenery (bushes, vines, etc) around the sides, but the animals were too big. So, I decided to make the whole cake a little safari/jungle scene and include all of the animals. I should have covered the cake board with the darker green fondant to look like grass, but it was too late when I thought to do it.
I really enjoyed making this cake and am quite proud of myself for making those animals!