A friend of mine asked me to make her daughter's first birthday cake. The party theme was Rubber Duckys. I wanted to make a large rubber ducky cake, but couldn't find the Wilton 3D cake pan when I needed it( Even though I had seen it before, I took a whole morning calling all the stores in my area and no one had it!). So I decided on the bathtub instead, and I'm glad I did! Everyone loved it!
I baked two 10x14 inch pan cakes, put them together with buttercream frosting (I'm not big on buttercream, I have yet to find a buttercream recipe that I love), then cut out the middle of the top layer. I put a layer of frosting over the whole thing(even the inside) and covered the whole thing with white fondant, minus the inside-bottom of the tub. One package of Wilton premade fondant(under $6 at walmart) turned out to be plenty for the cake and all the 'accessories'.
I formed the faucet, soap, and washcloth out of fondant(I colored the yellow with Wilton paste coloring, kneaded into the fondant), and the hot/cold meters were m&m's. I filled in the bathtub with buttercream frosting colored blue, and placed the duckies inside.
My plan was to put bubbles all over the inside and even down the side of the tub, but my husband didn't want me to, he said he thought it was great without them, so I left them out except the few coming off the soap bar, which was a nice touch. Those were made out of rolled up fondant.
This was a great cake that was a big hit! And really not hard to make at all!
When I ask my friend what her interest were she replied, "Beer, Cigarettes and Ducks!" So I used the 3-D ducky cake pan but when I didn't read the directions to wait 3 hours before removing the cake, I ended up with 3/4 of a duck. So I fixed it.
I simply baked an 11 x 14, iced it in blue icing to look like water and laid the duck on the water. Then I used an 18 tip to make stars all over his body, smoothed the beak and used a white gumball for his eye. I used a small thin brush to paint veins in his eyes, we cut a beer can in half length wise and placed it in front/side of the duck. We used a Neapolitan coconut candy bar, trimmed off the chocolate and strawberry and molded the white part with a little powered sugar/cornstarch.
Then we added a little red to the end so it looked like the fire end. Then we took a small bit of a cotton ball, sprayed it real well with hairspray and formed it to look wispy like smoke. I fried had to add a few gum balls for "gas". My friend was ecstatic with her birthday cake and it was unusual and fun.
My Rubber Ducky cake was for my sister in law's Baby shower. I wanted a duck but didn't want to buy a specialty pan because I didn't think I'd use it again so I made a picture of a duck on a large paper and I wanted it to look like it was swimming in a bathtub of bubbles holding an umbrella.
I made 3 half sheets of cake and 1 8 inch round. I cut out my duck with 2 of the half sheets and filled it, then with the other half sheet I made the bottom part by just cutting it in thirds so that it would simulate water and be the bottom portion of the cake.
I cut the round in half and filled it so I made an umbrella with it. Since all the pieces are separate, each cake was different and with different fillings, so it gave us some variety. The icing is buttercream frosting and the flowers on the umbrella are made from gumpaste. I used a large star tips for the duck and then found tips as well as a leaf tip for the wings.