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Coolest Happy Feet Cake 46

by Meaghan
(Brick, New Jersey, USA)

Homemade Happy Feet Cake

Homemade Happy Feet Cake

Homemade Happy Feet Cake
Homemade Happy Feet Cake
Homemade Happy Feet Cake

I made this Homemade Happy Feet Cake for my friend's daughter. She wanted a "Happy Feet" party, and her mom had trouble finding a cake. The birthday girl was turning five.

This was a butter yellow cake with a chocolate filling. The icing was homemade butter cream and the black portions of Mumble's body were Wilton's chocolate icing with added black food coloring.

For the base of the cake, I simply used a 9 x 13 pan and made 3 cakes. Once cool, I cut off the edges as they were a bit tough from the Baker's Joy. The filling was a homemade whipped chocolate genache (Google a recipe, SO simple!).

After layering the cake and leveling, I did a crumb coat in white butter cream icing and put it in the fridge to set (I find it easier to ice on top of a layer if the base layer is cold).

To decorate the base, I covered the entire cake in a teal buttercream, then added touches of white down the sides to mimic snow and icicles. I piped the birthday girl's name, added white candy balls to look like snowballs. I topped the "snow" with edible iridescent glitter to give it some shine!

For the letters, my local bake shop printed "Happy Birthday" onto edible paper. I used WordArt to make the orange/red letters and chose the one that closest resembled the "Happy Feet" logo. Then, when I applied it to the cake, I staggered the letters up and down, as in the logo. Finally, I added candy snowflakes.

For Mumble the penguin, I used Wilton's Teddy Bear 3-D cake form. I simply removed the ears, then saved them to use them at the bottom to make his happy, little feet. He was put on a cardboard circle which I put 2 holes in, to later put sticks through for support. He was piped almost entirely using a star tip.

I used a picture of Mumble to do the colors of his down, then on the iris of his eye added the same white candy ball as I used for the snowballs to look like reflected light in the eye. It was a great touch. It made him look "cartoon-y". I swear it made the cake really pop.

Prior to placing Mumble on the cake I inserted 2 chocolate lollipop sticks about halfway through him. When I placed Mumble on the base cake, I secured him with the two lollipop sticks by sliding the other ends through the teal cake, then piped over the cardboard circle to hide it.
I finally added the removed "bear ears" and used them to make the feet, which I adhered with icing and piped around.

The cake was a big hit, and he survived a bumpy 20 minute drive to my friend's house. I was very happy with it, and most importantly, the birthday girl LOVED it!

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