How to make an Africa Cake with Template and Instructions

by TerriRexson

How to make an Africa shaped cake using a template and decorate it for an African safari party or other Africa-themed event.

This African Safari cake was my son's fifth birthday cake. He is fascinated by African animals and Africa. I asked him what sort of cake he would like and he said an Africa-shaped cake with African animals on.

Well that was a bit of a challenge! But I think I managed to pull it off. I've put together instructions for how you can make your own Africa shaped cake including a template that you can use.

You could decorate it using the red, green and yellow colors found on many African flags. Or you could create a scene on top of the cake using fondant.

We went with the African safari theme and I decorated using photos of African animals.

This cake took about 2.5 hours to make from start to finish but I did have a helper for the decoration part.

Africa Cake with Animal Safari Photos

Africa Shaped Cake
Africa Shaped Cake

Africa Shaped Cake

So we're going to be making an Africa shaped cake. Let's take a look at Africa. It's not the easiest shape to make a cake from is it!

I included the island of Madagascar in my Africa cake as my boys love the Madagascar movies and the different wildlife found on Madagascar - they watch a lot of nature documentaries. 

After studying the shape of Africa I decided that I could make the cake from a 9" round cake and an 8" square cake. 

The Cakes You'll Need: Square and Round

Africa Cakes
Africa Cakes

You'll need to bake two cakes using a 4 egg sponge cake mix. I made African wild hunting dog sponge cake because that was my son's favorite animal. But a plain sponge is fine. 

Of course you can make the cake bigger or smaller if you like. You can scale the template. 

This camouflage cake or animal print cake depending on the colors you use is great for an army or safari party.

Make Your Cake Template

While your cake is baking you can prepare your Africa cake template. You can use this Africa cake template

You'll need to scale the image to the size of cake you want to make and print it out over multiple pages and stick it together. 

You can find more detailed information in my page about creating a cake from a template:

Cake Template

Here's my Africa cake template based on this Africa map image (public domain via Wikimedia commons.) 

Here's how you can easily make a birthday from a template when you have an image or outline you would like to use. I recently used this approach to make an Africa cake.

Let's Make an Africa Cake

Now you should have a round cake and a square cake - cooled. And an Africa template printed out and stuck together. 

Africa Cake - African Safari with Animal Photos

Africa Cake - African Safari with Animal Photos


Prep time 60 min  -  Total time 180 min
Ingredients for 20 servings
One round sponge cake  • One square sponge cake  • Yellow marzipan or fondant  • Green fondant  • Jam or jelly  • Cocoa powder for dusting  • White and milk chocolate buttons (optional)  • Frosting pens (optional)

Bake the Cakes

For this cake you'll need one round cake and one square cake. You can make a plain sponge cake or a chocolate cake. Or you could make a zebra cake or an african wild dog cake like I did.


Arrange your Cake

Arrange your Cake

Now cut the round cake in half and arrange the cakes as shown in the picture.


Place the Template

Place the Template

Place the template on top of the cake and fix it in place with a few wooden food picks.


Cut out the Africa Shape

Cut out the Africa Shape

Cut the cake outline with a sharp knife. Use spare cake to fill in any gaps. Any leftover cake can be used to make cake pops or frozen to eat at a later date. Use jelly or jam to stick the bits together.


Cover in Marzipan or Fondant

My son loves marzipan (almond paste) so I covered his cake in yellow marzipan. But yellow fondant would also work. Add a layer of jam or jelly to the top of the cake to help the covering stick.


Add Green Fondant

Cover part of Africa with green fondant to create a greener area. You can make this accurate if you like. I just went with the bottom third - close enough for a five year old!


Add Cocoa Powder Grasslands

Now dust the grasslands of Africa with cocoa powder to create a savannah area. Leave the top part of the cake yellow for a desert area.


Decorate the cake

Decorate the cake

Now you can add candles to the cake. I also spelled out the word SAFARI in fondant on chocolate buttons.

You could decorate with fondant animals or African animal cake toppers. I printed out photos of animals and make photo frames from card to look like pictures that had been taken on safari.

Recipe  4.0/5 Stars (1 Votes)

Cake Platter

I wish I had displayed the cake on a nice blue chopping board or platter to represent the sea. 

It was all a bit of a rush at the end and I didn't even manage to tidy up the loose cocoa powder! Oops. 

African Safari Themed Candles and Cake Toppers

An alternative to the photo toppers would be to use African animal cake toppers. And animal print candles would look fantastic. We went with red and blue because they are my son's favorite colors. 

Tip: Lots of animal party supplies include tiger print and of course tigers are not African animals. We said anything with orange and brown stripes was a striped hyena. That kept my son happy. He only wanted African animals at his party!

Africa Cake Candles

(Say the orange and black striped are striped hyenas!)
24 pc Safari Wild Animal Print Birthday Cake Candles
$4.18  $1.89

African Animal Cake Toppers

Wilton Jungle Animal Toppers
Only $4.29

Safari Theme Party Supplies

A collection of wild safari animal party supplies to make your birthday party go with a roar! These party supplies work well for jungle and zoo birthday parties too.

Africa Cake Picture

Africa Cake Picture
Africa Cake Picture

More Africa Party Food

These reptile or snake eye cupcakes are simple and effective. Great for a snake, dragon, reptile, animals or nature themed party.
Do you need a snake party food idea? I made this fun cucumber snake with carrot snake tongues for my son's birthday party.
Are you looking for fun snake crafts? How about an fuse bead snake (ironing bead snake) that you can make from Perler beads or Hama beads.

African Animals

The Aye Aye is an animal native to the African island of Madagascar. The Aye Aye is a species of lemur. Find out all out this unusual creature.
The African Wild Dog or African Hunting dog is a beautiful animal. Sadly now endangered, there are only a few thousand of these animals left. Learn all about the African Wild Dog.
The white lion is a beautiful animal. Find out why these lions are white and learn how they are doing in the wild.
The hyena is a fascinating animal. It's not a dog as many think. Learn lots of interesting hyena facts.
Updated: 05/12/2012, TerriRexson
 
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kimbesa on 05/10/2013

That is an awesome cake! Great to let the kids help and learn about cooking and geography!

Tolovaj on 07/16/2012

I always say food should be fun. You made it educational too:)

Guest on 03/31/2012

yummy

nightowl on 03/24/2012

I am in total awe of your creativity and baking prowess. This whole page is the total resource for baking a very unique birthday cake. Love it!

Shaz on 03/18/2012

You have an amazing talent for creating beautiful birthday cakes. I'm sure you're son had a wonderful day :)

Mladen on 03/17/2012

This is amazing! I love geography, and cakes too! :) Impressive cooking skills, I must admit! Well done!

Meagan on 03/17/2012

I love your Africa Cake and am very impressed by your talent and creativity, not to mention your son's interest in Africa at the age of 5!

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