First, the cake is frosted in gray buttercream and smoothed out. Next, I add the ears, trunk, and tusks. I add eyes and a smile to complete the cake. Sometimes I add a tuft of hair on top of the elephant’s head.
*Sweet Change: You can make this cake without adding the white shine to the eye and leave it plain black, or you can pipe white first and then add the black on top to look like pupils. You can even make the cake without the smile if you prefer.