Giraffes are one of my favorite zoo animals. Elephants rank at the top. Crocodiles rank last. I’m not fond of reptiles in general but 99% of the time they’re just laying there, and the only time I see movement is when they’re gnawing someone’s face off (on discovery channel, not at the zoo).
Speaking of which, isn’t it funny how excited people get when animals move at the zoo? I saw an otter roll over during a nap and everyone was taking pictures. What are those photos going to show later? The left side of the otter, and then the right side. I can’t imagine what it would be like to have my roommate taking action shots of myself walking to the bathroom to pee.
These blue gyro looking things are the hippo’s ears. I cut them out with the NON-tip side of a pastry tip, and pinched it to make it look like ears.
I originally had two teeth sticking out. But then I was informed that you can’t see a hippo’s teeth unless they have their mouth open.
Not that I was trying to be terribly accurate, but I personally would be offended if someone made a cookie of my face and put an extra eyeball on my forehead.
These cookies were for a baby shower for a Gamma+Pi infusion baby.
I know a lot of people think hippos are ugly. But here’s my attempt at changing your mind:
mama hippo + baby hippo
for the giraffe:
fondant (colored brown, for the tuft of hair)
royal icing in yellow, brown, and tan
order of piping:
1. outline + flood bottom half of his face (tan)
2. outline + flood top half of face + body in yellow. Sink the polka dots in brown immediately after you flood the body.
3. mane, nostrils, antenna, feet, and tail in brown.
for the hippo
fondant (colored light blue, for ears)
blue star quins
royal icing in light blue, black, dark blue, and white
order of piping:
1. outline + flood botton half of face (white)
2. outline the top half of his face. Place a dot of icing on the back of the ears and “glue” to the cookie where you want his ears to be. Flood the rest of his face.
3. outline + flood body
4. pipe his eyes (black), nostrils (dark blue), and feet (black)
5. add stars and dragees.