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When #projecteducate announced their 'Circus' Artisan crafts contest I was so excited to have a chance to make the circus cake that's been stuck in my brain for years. But the weather being incessantly hot as it is prevented this, so I had to focus on a smaller task. I had to wait until after midnight for the house to cool down, and even then the temperature here only dropped at 28C over night. It was enough to make this and and avoid any total disasters.

While my first thought where I hear 'circus' is Cirque du Soliel, next comes one of my favourite Disney characters: Dumbo. I'm terrible at mimicking and realism do it's not exactly his likeness. I had 3 attempts at the head before deciding I wasn't getting any closer. Getting the ears to stay attached and upright was a journey in of itself. But it was a good excuse to practise some fondant work, though.

Pedastal is made from red velvet cake covered in buttercream, then fondant. Dumbo is all fondant.

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PitBull-Lover Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Too cute!
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EarWaxKid Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013
Nice Cake. Who made it?
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cakecrumbs Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2013
I make everything I post. :]
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LadyBrookeCelebwen Featured By Owner May 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh my, this is adorable! I love Dumbo and you made it look so much like him.
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cakecrumbs Featured By Owner May 15, 2013
Thanks :D
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LadyBrookeCelebwen Featured By Owner May 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome! :D
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ButchxButtercup1996 Featured By Owner May 9, 2013  Student Photographer
I seriously love cakes and Disney and when they're mixed with a little thing known as artistic talent, this beautiful creation is born! :D
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cakecrumbs Featured By Owner May 13, 2013
Thanks so much.
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ButchxButtercup1996 Featured By Owner May 13, 2013  Student Photographer
I am a huge Disney fan. Not a fan of their channel because those shows do encourage negative actions in children. The movies are great, Dumbo actually made me cry when I was little because he was kept away from his mother. That child got what was coming to him though, If it was my child, he'd gotten a spank for teasing such a cute elephant.
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Kodaic Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013  Student General Artist
Great work!
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cakecrumbs Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013
Thanks!
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:iconkodaic:
Kodaic Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013  Student General Artist
You're welcome! :D
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roundtower Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
* ¡Fantástico trabajo! Lo hemos destacado dentro de la carpeta "Featured nº 4 o Destacados nº 4" en Special-Groups. (Es la carpeta donde se exhiben los mejores trabajos del grupo).
¡Por favor, queremos ver más trabajos tuyos en el grupo!

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* Fantastic work! Featured in Special-Groups in folder Featured nº 4. (Best works of the group).
Please, We want to see more works in the group of you!


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:iconcakecrumbs:
cakecrumbs Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013
Thank you! :huggle:
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WhiteInkDrop Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Brings back childhood memories. :D I watched Dumbo a lot as a child, and it never failed to draw out emotions. :)

Lovely design on the cake. :)
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cakecrumbs Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013
Thanks so much. ♥
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Shango-ThunderStones Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This has got to be one of the best type of cake artistry I have seen, real life or on TV. Thanks for sharing. :thumbsup:
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cakecrumbs Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013
My pleasure entirely. Thank you for your lovely comment. ♥
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Beltaneh Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013
Very nice concept! Though you might have put a lot more effort in Dumbo itself, I'm more impressed by your fondnant calligraphy *^^*
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cakecrumbs Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013
Thank you. :] I almost didn't do the quote because it was something like 5am and I was getting over it, but I think I would have felt it was incomplete without it.
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yooci Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Awww! Beautiful!
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cakecrumbs Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013
Thank you. :la:
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demongal109 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013  Student Artist
oh wow nice job! well done
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cakecrumbs Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013
Thank you! :dummy:
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DarkHunter666 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This has turned out so well! the way you make fondant figures and stuff just blows me away each and ever time. You're making me want to try this red velvet cake.. yes yes... never tried it before. Dont judge!
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cakecrumbs Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013
I'M JUDGING YOU.

Not actually.

It's seriously not the god if cakes everyone carries on like it is. It's just chocolate cake dyed red. It doesn't taste special or anything.

It's also the easiest cake you will ever make.
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ginas-cakes Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
He looks great....and that heat...wow....well done :)
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cakecrumbs Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013
Thank you! :] We're set to break the record for the largest number of consecutive days over 30C. Dying. It's Autumn already. Make it stop. :grump:
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ginas-cakes Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Oh my...:faint:

..and heres me moaning that it supposed to be coming up to Spring and we've had some more snow today!
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cakecrumbs Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013
:giggle: It's all relative!

The end of the week promises high 20s so I'm hoping it's a sign of things to come. I can't help but feel slightly jealous of your snow! What I would give to see my husky running through it.
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ginas-cakes Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Awww....yea, I've got to admit, I've enjoyed the snow watching my Doby running around like a lunatic in it. They love snow don't they! It's strange, because mine doesn't even like the cold...:D
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Ninina-nini Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013
Oh wow! He is perfect!

My thoughts upon reading about this contest were exactly the same! :D I had an elephant stuck in my head. Sadly, no time to make what I wanted though :/

Good luck!
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cakecrumbs Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013
So sad to hear you didn't get the chance! What were you planning on making?
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Ninina-nini Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013
I ended up making a vintage looking pendant (it's there you can see it) but I so wanted to make an elephant on top of a big ball. The ball would also function as a box for jewellery or something similar. Jup. Where did that time go??? :shakefist: :D
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cakecrumbs Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013
I'll have to go peek!
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Ninina-nini Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013
:excited:
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MayEbony Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
The absolute icing on the cake (sorry!) has to be his tail. This whole thing is gorgeous, but when I saw that tail my heart melted! Please don't ever give me your street address, I put on 2 kgs every time I look at one of your photos - hate to think what I'd do with a genuine visit :rofl:
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cakecrumbs Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013
I'm glad you love the tail too :la: I was seriously giggling to myself when attaching it.
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MayEbony Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I can picture that - and a gorgeous and cute image it is in my head too :iconkimberely:
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BigHairMexican Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013
"But I done seen about everything, when I see and elephant fly..."

Love that movie!...Although, the pink elephants bit scared the crap outta me. o_O And well done, mate!
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cakecrumbs Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013
:boogie: Thank you!
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BigHairMexican Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013
You're welcome. :hug:
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maegnas-sting Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Dumboooooooo!!! He's adorable! <3
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cakecrumbs Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013
Thanks! :la:
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