Hello and welcome to Cupcake Addiction’s Giraffe
Cakepop Tutorial where I’ll be showing you how to make this gorgeous little giraffe cakepop.
Tools and equipment that we will be using today:
I have some scissors. I have 2 paintbrushes.
I have a lollipop stick. I have 2 there. A couple of toothpicks.
I’ve got my pre-rolled cakepop ball, ready to go. Now if you don’t have a great recipe
for getting your cakepop balls to this stage, we do have a good tutorial on our channel
and I will leave a link to that in the description box below.
I’ve got some melted yellow chocolate. I’ve got some melted orange chocolate. You
can either tint a little bit of white chocolate with some powdered color or color paste or
you can use candy melts. I’ve got some mini marshmallows, a little
baking mallows, and I’ve got those ones in pink.
A pretzel stick. Some black, just food color.
And some orange M&Ms. Let’s get started.
Now the first thing we want to do is prepare our giraffe’s ears. So we’re going to take
those scissors and one of those little marshmallows. And you want to cut it across on a diagonal.
So when you cut it across, you’re going to get these 2 great little ear shapes. And these
little inside bits are going to make the actual inside pink of the ears. You want to do this
first so they got a good time to dry. So I’m going to hold it by the flat side which is
going to be the bottom. And I’m going to dip it into that yellow chocolate. And I’m just
going to dip it so that the yellow comes all the way around the front to that nice little
pink. So you should have something that looks like that. Place it face down on the table
and that can dry while we make the rest of our giraffe.
Alright, while our ears are sitting there, I’ve got my cakepop ball. Now this is not
as firm. This one here has been pre-shaped and refrigerated just for the speed of the
tutorial. So you want your ball just in a nice ball shape as it was. And we’re going
to just… From the ball, we’re just going to rock it in the palm just a little bit.
Now with the giraffe, you don’t want his nose too pointy so just make sure that it’s quite
a fat nose. And we’re really just shaping this into a bit of a big strawberry shape.
You can see there. That’s going to be your giraffe’s head.
So as I mentioned, I’ve refrigerated this one. You should pop that one into the fridge
for about 15 minutes so it’s really firm before we start decorating and dipping.
Now with your giraffe head, you want to take that pretzel stick and I’m just going to snap
off about that much, so about a centimeter and a half in our measurements. And it doesn’t
matter if they’re not perfectly even. Dip the bottom of those pretzel sticks into a
little bit of that melted yellow chocolate and we’re just going to push them into that
cakepop ball. In about the middle of the head is great. And if you do notice, you can see
there just a little crack in the cakepop. If you do notice anything like that appearing
whenever you put something into your cakepop balls just round that chocolate down just
to seal it up because that will actually lead to cracking into your cakepop once it’s finished
if you’re not careful. So if you see any little cracks appearing just blend that chocolate
in. And that one can sit waiting for our stick. Now with the stick, we could just do the giraffe’s
head here. But at My Cupcake Addiction, we do like to go a little bit over the top. So
I’m going to take the whole stick and I’m just going to dip it right into that ball.
So it’s quite a deep bowl. This is going to form our giraffe’s neck. So you can see there,
we’ve actually come quite a ways down the stick.
Now, taking your giraffe’s head, we’re going to insert our candy stick or our lollipop
stick into the bottom of his head about a centimeter of the way — like so. And if you
do find that your chocolate [bunge] is up, just take a toothpick and just push down the
sticks. So you’re really just evening it out. And don’t worry if this is not incredibly
neat because we’re going to be putting spots and M&Ms and [stuff] all over it so you’re
not going to notice if it’s not absolutely perfect. Once you’re happy with the length
of your giraffe’s neck, you can just run your finger around the bottom and wipe off any
excess. Now, while that’s drying, so we’re allowing
our seal to set in the bottom of the giraffe’s head, you want to take your M&Ms. And this
does require a little bit of balancing and just balance them on the back of the neck
here. So don’t go all the way up to the base of the giraffe’s head because you do want
to leave a little bit of room for when we actually dip his head into the yellow chocolate,
and holding him like so. We’re just going to balance those M&Ms. And you will have to
hold them on there for a couple of minutes just until that chocolate starts to set and
then you’ll know they’re safe and they’re going to stay in place.
Alright, so my giraffe’s completely set. I actually ended up putting him in the freezer
for a few minutes just to make sure this is really set because we’re going to be tapping
off any excess chocolate. You don’t want any of those mini M&Ms to fall off.
So you want to take your giraffe. Just be mindful of how long his little horns are going
to be. So you do need to make sure you got a nice deep container. And we’re just going
to dip him. Just be careful when you’re meeting that chocolate up, that you don’t go over
those orange M&Ms. So give him a nice good coating.
And we’ve lost a horn. That may happen. If it does, all is not lost. We’ve got a spare.
So I’m just going to continue tapping off that chocolate. Make sure that you’re turning
him front to back, front to back. I’m going to dip this second horn into some
of that melted chocolate. And I’m just going to stick it into that hole. Now while that
one’s still quite wet, we’re going to just dip that side to give it a nice coating. Alright,
all is not lost. So just keep on tapping across. Make sure that you’ve got a nice even coating.
Alright, now if you do have any chocolate that’s come around under his chin against
his neck, just run your finger around. Just make sure that you’re evening it up. And if
you do have a little bit of a messy nose, don’t worry about that. We’re going to be
coloring that in anyway. So taking your mini M&Ms again, you want to just continue his
little, I guess his little mane, his M&M mane, up the back of his head. And you do want to
do this while the chocolate is still wet. Alright, so you should have something that
looks like this. He’s got his little M&M mane on, he’s got his little horns in.
Now taking your little ears, they should be pretty well set by now. And you should have
something that looks like this. So you’ve got the yellow on the outside and the pink
on the inside. And if you can, while that chocolate is still wet, just attach them.
If you can’t, if your chocolate has already started to dry, just put a little bit of dab
of that melted yellow chocolate where you want your ears to go and attach them using
that method. So you can see here, our giraffe is really
starting to take shape. Now we’re going to let that completely dry before we go on and
paint on the finer details. Alright, so my giraffe is now completely set
and it’s time to start doing the detail. I like to start with his nose. And I’m going
to use a paintbrush rather than dipping for this because I like to have a little bit of
a hairy effect. I want to have a lot of control as to where the orange candy melt or the orange
chocolate goes. So just taking your paintbrush, just dip it in the orange and we’re just going
to paint like a circle around his nose. And then it’s time to move on to our giraffe’s
spots or — they’re not really spots, they’re kind of odd shapes. So with the giraffe’s
shapes, we’re going to do them mainly on his neck, and they’re kind of [skew-y] triangle,
I guess. They all sort of meet up in the middle or meet up on the edges. So you can see there
I’ve got 1 triangle, not really triangle, they’re sort of hard to explain the actual
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Now you can also see here. This is a great opportunity to cover up any messes that you’ve
made. So if you’ve got any little bits on the neck or anything you’re not happy with,
pop a spot on there. It’s absolutely fantastic disguise.
Now once you’re done with the neck, you want to come up around the back of the head.
Now once you’ve done the back of your giraffe’s head, I just like to bring the spots just
around his cheek a little bit, so just around sort of the underside. And look, you can do
as many or as few of these as you want. You can put a nice little patch over the eye of
some of them to give them a little bit of character. If you want a few more spots because
you’ve got a couple of mistakes you need to cover up. The great thing about a giraffe
is that no two are the same. So it is totally open to your own interpretation. We’re just
going to let that dry and then we’ll come back and paint the black detailing.
Alright, so our little giraffe is looking something like this at the moment, all dry.
And now we’re just going to do these final details.
So as I mentioned, I’m going to use this black color paste. Now with your black food coloring,
you should mix a little bit of food coloring with a little bit of alcohol. So they do sell
cake decorator’s Rose Spirit which is the alcohol that most cake decorators will use.
Otherwise, you can use just a tiny bit of vodka and that’s just going to help your black
food color dry a lot quicker. If you don’t have access to alcohol or don’t like using
it into your cooking, then you can use black candy melts. Otherwise, you can also use dark
chocolate and they won’t be black but they’ll still be a nice dark feature. So I’m just
using my toothpick here just to dab on a couple of nostrils for our giraffe. Let’s just balance
him a little bit on the bench to give me a little bit of a steadier hand. And then you
want to put 2 nice eyes. Lovely. And then you want to take, I just
got a slightly finer paintbrush. You can also use that toothpick if you like but they’ll
not be there a little while so most likely finer paintbrush. I’m just going to paint
around the top of our giraffe’s [warms]. This cakepop is a lot of work but it’s definitely
worth it. If you’ve got a little bit of a jungle lover or safari-themed occasion, whoever
is the receiver of this is going to be absolutely wowed.
So there you have your gorgeous giraffe cakepop, ready to go for your next safari party. I
hope that you’ve enjoyed watching this tutorial as much as I’ve loved making it for you. And
as always, thank you very much for tuning in.