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I made this very cute birthday cake for my son, Joshua's 1st birthday party and it was one of the most adorable birthday cake designs! Here's how I did it:
- Bake a cake mix (I used Betty Crocker's "Funfetti" cake mix) in the 3D rubber ducky pan (the pan is available at Wal-Mart, Michael's, or online at Party SuperCenter ). Follow the directions in the Cake Pan box exactly. I used the recommended Wilton 's icing and food coloring, and followed the directions for coloring the icing and decorating the cake.
- We found a blue tub at Bed, Bath, and Beyond. I placed a box (the empty cake pan box) in the bottom of the tub, then cut a piece of cardboard to fit the top of the tub and covered the cardboard in blue Saran Wrap.
- When the cake cooled, I placed it upright on the Saran-covered cardboard (in the blue tub) and secured it by "gluing" it down with yellow icing.
- I used a Tip 21 to create the stars that cover the ducky cake. Smooth orange icing made a great beak. I used white icing for the eyes with a blue M&M in the center of each.
- For the "bubbles" I bought 1 package of white almond bark and colored it with Wilton 's blue food coloring. I followed the directions for melting. When it was melted, I dipped large and mini Oreo's into the candy bark, and "swirled" the top with a spoon and let dry on wax paper. I used two batches of bark, coloring one lighter than the other. This gives the "bubbles" some dimension.
- When the cake was complete, I added the blue Oreo "bubbles" to the tub and it made the duck look like he was "bathing" in "bubbles."
- To complete the "dessert table", we added cupcakes (made from the same cake mix) covered in blue icing with candy duckies on top, duck-shaped sugar cookies (some iced, some with ducky sprinkles and some plain), and "Kiddie Hors D'oeuvres" - mini marshmallows, m&ms, mini Nilla wafers, and mini Oreo's).
The cake was a huge hit and is one of those birthday cake designs that's easy enough for a beginner to do!
I made this cake after lots of consideration on duck-shape birthday cake designs. Instead of buying the 3D pan I made this 2 layer cake and used the pattern from the invitations I made for the duck shape. I just printed out a bigger pattern and taped it together. Then, after making the cake, I put it in the fridge. That made it easier and less crumbly to cut the shape out. After cooling I put the 2 layers together and cut it out. Then frosted with a star tip. Turned out really great and everyone loved the rubber ducky theme.
Here is a baby shower cake I made for my sister. The soap and bubbles are made out of fondant icing. This came out to be one of the coolest birthday cake designs!
For my daughter's 1st birthday, I decided on a duck theme and searched for cool birthday cake designs. "Duck" was the only word she knew and what to associate it with, so that's what we did. I've never made a 3-D cake before and decided against buying a 3-D cake pan, because I wanted it to be more personal.
I found much of the "building" ideas for duck birthday cake designs online. I used a box lemon cake recipe, a large bowl for the body, two 10 oz. custard cups (cut flat) for the head, and one 6 oz. custard cup (cut flat and cut in half) for the wings. The tail was made out of leftovers from cutting the body flat. I used two orange gum drops (rolled flat and cut into triangles) for the beak. Toothpicks held it all together until it was time to eat. I used a homemade buttercream icing and colored it. I hand piped the duck with stars, and the wings/tail with pull out stars. The eyes and beak were iced flat.
I was worried that the cake would not look like a duck, so we put it to the test. My husband showed her the cake after it was finished (before refrigerating for the next day), and the only words out of her mouth were "duck, duck". She absolutely loved it! It was very much the hit of the party.
My daughter wanted a ducky party for her 2nd birthday. I made white cupcakes and decorated them with light blue icing. Just white icing with a little blue food coloring. Then to add the bubble effect, I cut small white marshmallows in half and rolled them into little balls to put on the cupcakes. Finally, I topped them off with a little rubber ducky. They were such a hit and everyone got a ducky to take home with them.