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Ducky birthday cake designs submitted by:

Jaynie B.
Greenwood, Indiana

Rubber Ducky Cake

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!

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Ducky birthday cake designs submitted by:

Lorraine B.
Spring, TX

Rubber Ducky Cake

This is one of my favorite birthday cake designs.

I had planned on making a rubber ducky cake and some cupcakes, but my daughter invited more than that would feed. I used the Wilton 14" round as the base and spread on various blue frostings that looked like water, then piped on white bubbles for the bathtub effect.

I also made a smaller version of the big cake for my grandson Ethan to eat (smash) on his own. We all wore shower caps and ducky feet made of fun foam, we floated ducks in blue bowls as center pieces and had white and clear balloons. It was very bubbly and fun.

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Ducky birthday cake designs submitted by:

Missy H.
Wichita, KS

Rubber Ducky Cake

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.

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Ducky birthday cake designs submitted by:

Michelle P.
Austin, TX

Rubber Ducky Cake

My mother made this cake for my son's 1st birthday. The cake is decorated with a combination of fondant and icing. To create the wagon on the bottom she baked a 9x13 sheet cake. The cake was set on a foil-covered cardboard rectangle. To make the wheels, we colored fondant red and shaped it into a circle about 1 1/2" thick. The circles were cut out with a metal cookie cutter. To connect the wheels to the cake 2 dowel rods were inserted near the front and back. The inside of the wheels were pressed into the dowel rods and a small dollop of fondant covered the indentation. We had a cake wagon that actually rolled! The handle was made out of a licorice string set about 1/2" into the front of the cake. The duck was baked in a 3-D duck pan. It was decorated in a star pattern with buttercream icing. The sailor tie was cut from blue colored fondant. The duck's hat was made from 2 different size and color fondant circles. The cake was a huge hit at the party! I should note that it took 3 days to complete this cake. It's one of those time consuming birthday cake designs. We spent the first two days practicing how to use fondant and the 3-D pan. On the actual night before the party it took us about 3 hours to complete the cake.

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Ducky birthday cake designs submitted by:

Traci C.
Richmond Hill, Georgia

Rubber Ducky Cake

Rubber Ducky, You're the One . . . to Make a First Birthday so much Fun!

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:

  1. 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 Thepartyworks).  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.

  2. 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. 

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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 Oreos into the candy bark, and "swirled" the top with a spoon and let dry on wax paper.  (*This idea was from BirthdayExpress.)  I used two batches of bark, coloring one lighter than the other.  This gives the "bubbles" some dimension. 

  6. 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."

  7. 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 Oreos).

The cake was a huge hit and is one of those birthday cake designs that's easy enough for a beginner to do!

Rubber Ducky Cake

Rubber Ducky Cake

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Ducky birthday cake designs submitted by:

Edith L.
Wilmington, NC

Rubber Ducky Cake

My 2 year old daughter loves ducks. Where do ducks live? In a duck pond. This is one of my favorite birthday cake designs.

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Ducky birthday cake designs submitted by:

Cami F.
Middleburg, FL

Rubber Ducky Cake

This was for my son's first birthday. He had a thing for ducks and I thought it would be the perfect idea.

I found the duck in a coloring book and had my husband enlarge it on the copier at his work. I cut out the duck and after I put my regular icing on for the base, placed the duck on the cake and traced around it with a toothpick. I then took the paper off and filled the rest of the details in with the toothpick and then the icing.

It was quite easy and I thought it came out great!

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Ducky birthday cake designs submitted by:

Patricia C.
Independence, MO

Rubber Ducky Cake

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.

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Ducky birthday cake designs submitted by:

Tracie C.
Milford, CT

Rubber Ducky Cake

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.

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Ducky birthday cake designs submitted by:

Jennifer D.
Sunnyvale, CA

Rubber Ducky Cake

This was a cake just for my son on his first birthday.

I baked a tall, round 5" cake and frosted it blue. I then added grass on the bottom. I used the "Happy 1st Birthday" from the store around the rim of the cake. On the back, I used the leftover candy ducks that I made from a duck candy mold and placed a big duck candle on the top.

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Ducky birthday cake designs submitted by:

Shelley A.
Burlington, KY

Rubber Ducky Cake

My son's 1st birthday party theme was Rubber Ducky. I baked a single layer, 16" chocolate cake with Bavarian cream filling for the base. Then I baked the 3D Duck ( Wilton 's pan) using a yellow pound cake recipe. Unfortunately, the duck didn't rise 100%, so I chopped him in half and laid him onto the 16" round cake.

This was actually better in the end, since my son's cake resembled the party favors that I made. For the duck's birthday cake designs I used rolled fondant (beak and eye). I frosted the duck in plain white butter cream then topped with yellow tinted coconut.

For the favors, I bought Wilton 's baby blue candy melts, hand-dipped Oreos and topped them with a sugar candy rubber ducky.

Then I also made the Wilton Rubber Ducky chocolate candy molds, which was super simple to do. I bagged them up in cellophane bags and my husband printed off labels with a duck image on them. The plates and hats for his party were from www.birthdayexpress.com.

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Rubber Ducky Cake


Ducky birthday cake designs submitted by:

Allison H.
East Amherst, NY

Rubber Ducky Cake

I made this cake for the baby shower of a friend of mine. I got the idea when I saw a ducky cake pan online, but I did not want to buy the pan, so I made my own duck.

The base is two layers from a 9x13" pan. The soap is a rectangular piece of cake I cut out of the scraps I had from leveling the layers. All of the frosting I used is butter cream.

For the duck's body, I cut two ovals, stacked them, and shaved them into shape using a serrated knife. I added a sloping triangle for the tail. I did the same for the head, only using a smaller circle. I filled the layers of the body and head and assembled it, using a skewer to attach the head to the body. I then gave the duck a base layer of frosting.

For the beak, I cut two identical pieces from an index card (cereal box would do). The pieces were like isosceles triangles (the equidistant sides about twice as long as the base and curved out). I attached each piece separately to two connected (side by side) twist ties using a hot glue gun.

The twist ties ran the length of the beak pieces and stuck out the end. I then curved the pieces and glued together the two sets of twist ties that were sticking out of the back. I then frosted it orange and stuck it into the head.

I used a star tip to decorate the duck, adding another layer using more pressure for the wings. I made the duck's eyes and the bubbles using a round tip. I hope you enjoy my birthday cake designs!

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Rubber Ducky Cake


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