How to make a giraffe pattern cake

This giraffe cake was made in honor of Marius, the giraffe killed by the Copenhagen Zoo.

If you've been paying attention to International news, you've heard about what the Copenhagen Zoo has been up to.

It isn't good.

Most recently, they killed 4 lions to make room for a big male lion.  Apparently, they couldn't find anyone to take them.  I don't know about you, but I would find some way to care for them if given the opportunity.  I think most other zoos and sanctuaries feel the same way.

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You'll need 2 different colors of cake mix. This recipe calls for 2 mixes total. If you want to use only one, you can divide the batter in half and add cocoa or food coloring to one half.

But even before those lions were so sadly killed, Marius the giraffe was shot, killed, and dismembered.  In front of children.  No joke.  It seems the Copenhagen Zoo didn't want Marius anymore, and decided it was a good idea to kill him and use it as an educational opportunity for small children.  Who I'm sure were really happy and not at all damaged by viewing the death and dismemberment of an adorable and majestic animal.  'Cause that's not scarring at all.

The zoo claims no one really wanted him.  Once again; that can't be true!  I bet if they asked Ellen DeGeneres, she would agree to take him and care for him.  Yes she would.  And the other 4 lions.  Dang it; she'd take the whole zoo if she had to!

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This giraffe cake is a four layer cake, and we used yellow and chocolate to look like a giraffe. The marbling was done by pouring alternate colors into the center of the pan. Simple!

We want to boycott this zoo...but we live in Minnesota.  So that's not really an option.  But we can begin the trend of filling the internet with memories of these animals.  And maybe the Copenhagen Zoo will notice and realize how stupid they are.  And because of who we are...a little fun.  Enter the Marius Cake.

Join us in celebrating and remembering Marius!  Post photos of things that remind you of giraffes and lions to your Twitter  and Instagram and tag us (@miznelliebellie) so we can respond!  Oh...and the @CopenhagenZoo.

To be clear; we don't hate all zoos.  We think the Minnesota Zoo does a pretty good job.  Really.  We're just really frustrated that Marius "had" to die. And we eat when we are frustrated, hence the Marius cake.

This beautiful cake was created in memory of Marius the giraffe, the animal the Copenhagen Zoo killed recently.

Marius the giraffe cake.

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  • 1 yellow cake box mix
  • 1 chocolate cake box mix
  • 3 cups chocolate frosting we used homemade, but you can buy it from the store
  • eggs water, and oil: whatever quantities the box mixes say you'll need.


  • Preheat oven to 350.
  • Mix both cake mixes according to the directions on the box (in separate bowls).
  • Grease 2 (or 4 if you have them) 8 inch round cake pans.
  • Pour one cup yellow batter into the center of the pan.
  • Pour one cup chocolate batter into the center of the pan, on top of the yellow batter. The yellow batter should spread slightly so you have rings.
  • Repeat until the pan is filled ½ of the way with batter.
  • Repeat process with each additional pan.
  • Bake the cakes, let them cool slightly, then flip out of the pan and cool completely.
  • After the cakes have completely cooled, begin layering. Place a small amount of frosting in between each layer. After all layers have been added, put a thin layer of frosting along the outside. (this is called a crumb coat).
  • Place cake in fridge of freezer until frosting is stiff to the touch.
  • Spread on the remaining frosting.
  • Add cake toppers of your choice!
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If cooking isn't your thing, these giraffe bookends are another good tribute.  If you like themed food, you might want to try our Dr. Who Jammy Dodgers.

4 thoughts on “How to make a giraffe pattern cake”

  1. How sad, we recently bought passes for the tulsa zoo and I we have gone once and this made me just not want to go again that much more. Yes people like to see all the animals but it cannot be so serious as to make any zoo greedy enough that animals look poorly, no room to roam or not able to do things they would in the wild or be killed period. I mean all the money they make plus contributions. It's not like the animals want to be there anyway. I steer clear, especially of circus acts.

    1. It is sad, isn't it? But don't let this ruin zoos for you! Many of them really are about caring for animals that just wouldn't survive in the wild...and they are great educational resources to help people better understand the need to protect animals from poachers, etc. It's just a select few that need to be given a talking-to.

  2. Jane's Adventures in Dinner

    Gorgeous cakes! Stop trying to tell me that you aren't a baker.
    I always find zoos so sad. I like our Toronto Zoo as they do a lot of rescues and the animals have so much room.
    We've a great reptile zoo right near us that small one would live at if we let her and they only have animals that have been rescued.

    1. Haha; thanks. And we love our zoo here in Minnesota, they do a great job of caring for and protecting animals. That's what zoos should be about. It's just the few really awful ones giving the rest a bad rap.

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