I made this Rubber Ducky Cake for my daughter's first birthday. I decided on a rubber ducky theme and wanted to make an original cake. Borrowing ideas and suggestions from other submitted cakes I created this.
I started with a two layer yellow sheet cake (11x14 - each layer used one boxed cake mix) with chocolate filling. I frosted this with store bought vanilla icing tinted with Wilton's Royal Blue coloring and created waves by using a spatula. The duck was made by using Wilton's duck cake pan. I used a vanilla cake mix and added a box of vanilla pudding and an extra egg to help make the cake more dense to sustain the shape.
I frosted the duck according to the directions enclosed with the cake pan. The eyes were made from rolled fondant and a blue M&M. The bubbles and bar of soap were sculpted out of fondant a few days before the party to help make them more stiff.
The cake was a definite hit. All the kids and adults loved it and had to try a fondant "bubble". I did make two practice cakes of the duck before the party to make sure that it came out right. The first two did not rise and fill the top half of the mold giving it a rather odd appearance. By adding the pudding and egg it seemed to do the trick.
I used a sheet cake pan for the base and decorated this Rubber Ducky cake with buttercream frosting that I dyed the desired colors. I made the frosting the day before to save time but then I still had to re-whip it. I suggest putting the frosting in the fridge when you are not using it. The frosting in the pipping bag can get warm from your hands and it makes it hard to decorate with, if you put the pipping bag in the freezer for a minute it gets stiff again.
I used a Wilton ducky cake mold and again used buttercream frosting to decorate it. For the bubbles, towel, soap and bow I used rolled fondant, I dyed some of it lilac to give the cake a softer look, not so boyish.
This was a fun cake and a big hit. It does take time so make sure you have plenty of it. I got started too late and finished just before guests started arriving and the cake was a bit rushed. My daughter just loved her ducky cake.
For my daughter's first birthday, we decided to have a Rubber Ducky theme. I made this Rubber Ducky cake by placing two 9x13 cakes side by side. I poked holes in the cake with a toothpick, and poured blue jello mix over it, and then refrigerated it for a couple of hours. The jello seeps into the holes, makes the cake really moist and adds a fruity flavor.
I made a second batch of blue jello, and refrigerated until it was partially solidified and much thicker but not jelled. I cut out about a half inch layer of cake from the middle of the top. I then poured in the partially jelled jello and spread it out some to make the water. I chilled it again so that the jello could fully solidify. I added some cupcake ducks that I got from the cake decorating store and iced it with whipped cream to give it a susdy look. The bars of soap are made from the filling of Oreo cookies.