I know what you’re thinking. You read the title. A what? A llama graduation cake. Seriously? Uh…YA! One of my best friend’s younger sister is graduating from high school and I’m making the cake! A llama was requested, (can you blame her? They’re adorable!) and so I started to make the decorations in advance. The face, diploma, and some celebratory stars are cut out of fondant. I’m working on a fondant graduation cap as well, but that’s a little more complicated. I’m still playing around with the mouth a little as well, mine looks a tiny bit sad. LOL But that’s all the fun in learning, right?
So. Freaking. Adorable!
YOU WILL NEED:
- 2 Round White Sprinkles
- Round cookie cutter, small and medium
- Animal ear template
- Purple food coloring
- Rolling pin
- Fondant smoother
**NOTE: If you find your circle cutters are too big, or you don’t have any, you can simply use the bottom of a Russian Rose Piping Tip, as I did pictured below. You will get 2 perfectly sized eyes, and pink cheeks!**
FOR THE LLAMA FACE:
- Roll your black fondant out with a rolling pin or fondant roller. Once the fondant is rolled to about 1/2″ thick, use your circle cutter to cut out 2 eyes.
- For the sparkling white pupils, use a smaller round cutter. Roll out your white fondant and cut out 2 small circles. Using the tiniest dab of water and a thin paint brush, adhere the fondant and sprinkle pupils to the black eyes.
- To make the nose and mouth, simply roll a small ball (you’ll need 3 total) of black fondant in the palm of your hand until its long enough and thin enough to shape. Then shape all 3 into a “U” and piece them together as shown.
- The cheeks were made with the same piping tip I used for the eyes, and I mixed Red and White fondant (Wilton brand) to get the pretty pink color!
- Lastly, for the ears. Sprinkle a bit of powdered sugar on top of the fondant before laying the template down. This will prevent the template from sticking. Cut out the ears with your Exacto knife. I took a paint brush and coated the ears with a thin layer of Wilton’s Gold Pearl Dust to give it a nice shimmer. YOU NOW HAVE A LLAMA FACE
FOR THE STARS:
- I used Wilton Gel Food Coloring (purple) to color the white fondant. All you need is one drop to achieve the light purple shade that I did; If you want a darker shade of purple, keep adding, one drop at a time until you reach your desired shade.
- Once you have colored your fondant, simply roll it out to about 1/2″ thick and use a star cookie cutter to cut out the star shapes.
FOR THE DIPLOMA:
- The diploma requires a bit more work than the face and stars do. I used a skinny paper towel roll to get my diploma shape. I simply rolled out the fondant and then wrapped it around. Use a straight edge ruler or the edge of a bowl scraper to cut out a rectangle about 1″ thick and wrap it around the diploma. Pinch the centers until you see a bow shape start to form.
**PLEASE NOTE** The diploma and llama ears are NOT the final product. These are just practice. I will have updates as I progress, including a post with the recipe for the cake itself. Until then, Happy Cake Decorating!