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Giraffe Cupcakes That Kids Can Make

How to Make Easy Giraffe Cupcakes

I got a bit carried away with a giraffe baby shower theme. There aren’t a lot of giraffe cupcakes online that I could copy so I had to create my own.  Plus, La Jolla Girl really wanted to participate since the party was for her aunt. I found these Wilton Mini Noah’s Ark Metal Cookie Cutters. One of the shapes is a giraffe.

Then I decided to use fondant instead of making cookie cupcake toppers in giraffe form.

You may buy colored fondant, but it’s much more economical to dye white fondant yourself, if you already have food coloring.

How To Dye Fondant

1. Roll fondant into a ball
2. Stick a toothpick into food coloring.
3. Poke the toothpick with food coloring all over ball of fondant.
4. Knead the fondant until the color is spread evenly

Easy—it takes only a few minutes and then you can adjust the color to your liking.

How To Make The Giraffes

Next, have your child roll it out with a Wilton Fondant Rolling Pin or similar. The rubber bands at the end make sure the fondant is rolled to an even thickness.

Next steps:

1. Cut giraffe using cookie cutter.
2. Pull the giraffe’s neck up a little bit to elongate it, if you like.
3. Color eyes and spots on the body with Food Markers.
4. Pipe orange frosting tail and horns.
5. Push in any uneven edges (I hadn’t done this yet on the test giraffe in the photo).

My 3-year-old daughter did everything except for steps 4 and 5. In the end, I opted to scrap step 4 due to lack of time. I should mention that because her father is an artist (lawyer first), she’s practiced in holding markers and pencils pretty steadily.

The Barefoot Contessa carrot cupcake recipe has maple glazed carrots on top. I plopped a giraffe on it. We used jungle cupcake wrappers and it was pretty cute.

Giraffes Are OK To Make In Advance

Your kids can definitely make these fondant giraffes about a week ahead of time. If you store them in Tupperware, make sure it’s not totally air-tight. We frosted (I swirled the icing using a Wilton 2D tip) and placed the giraffes on top of the cupcakes the night prior to the shower. If you do this too far in advance the fondant gets a little funky.

Using this easy technique your kids can make a variety of easy cupcake toppers. I was so busy hosting the shower that I did not take any photos, unfortunately.

Letting your kids help you in the kitchen keeps them away from the TV and builds fine motor skills. See more kids recipe ideas.

  • c - March 26, 2011

    where did you get the cute animal banner in your photograph?

    • La Jolla Mom - March 26, 2011

      Hi! It’s by a company called Meri Meri and you can find it in specialty stationary/gift type stores. The style is called Animal Parade. However, I bought some of it from and some from It’s so cute that my sister in law took it to use it in my nephew’s room. Here’s a link:

      They have so much cute party stuff. It’s one of my favorite lines right now!

  • Rhea - November 1, 2010

    Those are adorable!

  • Mama Mary - November 1, 2010

    OMG, these are so stinkin’ cute! You and your cupcakes. I am green with envy!

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I'm Katie Dillon, a freelance luxury travel writer who lives in seaside La Jolla, CA. This is where I document my recent trips around the world, the latest San Diego happenings and other fun lifestyle topics. Thanks for stopping by!

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