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Coolest Penguin Birthday Cake Design 40

by Megan B.
(Washington State)

Homemade Penguin Birthday Cake Design

Homemade Penguin Birthday Cake Design

Start this Penguin Birthday Cake Design with five layers (or more if you want a taller penguin) of 8 inch round cakes. Trim the tops so they stack evenly and "glue" them together with a frosting of your choice. Wrap them in plastic wrap and freeze them for at least four hours - this makes trimming them so easy with much fewer crumbs.

To get the domed shape for the head, just trim around the edge of the top cake (using a bread knife) at an angle. It's best to take a little off because you can always go around again and trim some more - but if your trim too much, you're stuck.

I used homemade buttercream icing and tons of black Wilton gel food coloring for the frosting. Afterwards I realized that I could've started with chocolate frosting to make turning it black much easier! Apply a thin crumb coat and refrigerate for an hour. Apply the final coat of frosting and smooth it out the best you can.

I used fondant and gel food coloring to make all the facial features and the party hat. I just rolled out the fondant with a rolling pin and cut out the shapes with a paring knife or a circle cookie cutter. The fondant sticks right to the frosting and to apply the eys or the dots on the hat I used a paint brush with bit of water as "glue" to stick fondant to fondant. The hat can be make ahead of time, and actually needs a day to set/dry so the cone shape doesn't collapse under its own weight. You could also use a real party hat. The nose is also a cone shape and I stuck a toothpick halfway through it so I could kind of "spear" it into the cake and make it stay put.

Be forewarned that anyone who eats this cake will have a bright magenta-colored tongue for awhile afterwards (all that black food coloring!).

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Super penguin cake
by: Sally Boulton

Out of all the possible penguin cake designs I chose this funky little character. Thank you for the inspiration!

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