This Gorilla Backpack Cake was inspired by Shaunagh’s excitement prior to her going to see the gorillas in Uganda for her birthday this August and by Grace Stevens delightful African Explorer Cake in her first book, Celebration Cakes. I haven’t done many carved cakes so it was a new challenge to take on this cake. With the clear instructions from Grace’s book it was a fun baking project and I was chuffed with the way it turned out for Shaunagh’s birthday celebration. The sugar gorilla figurine I added next to the backpack as a fun element for Shaunagh before she left to visit the beautiful gorillas. Luckily Shaunagh returned with no wildlife in her backpack and only perfect pictures to record the memories that she would treasure of her visit to Uganda.