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Very Cool Pingu Penguin Cake

My nephew was turning 2 and adores the cartoon ‘Pingu’.  When asked if I could make him a penguin cake, I looked online for a few ideas and made a plan.

I used two 9″ cake pans to make the bottom cake, cut a slice out of one side on each of them so that they fit snuggly side by side.  I wanted the icing to look like fluffy, blowing snow over the ice so I mixed cool whip with my icing to create the effect.  I then baked a vanilla cake in a dome pan which I’ve used in the past to make a doll dress cake.  I used the slices that I cut from the bottom cake to make a ‘door/opening’ to the igloo.  I covered the igloo in marshmallow fondant.  I used fondant tools to create the illusion of cubes and painted on a shimmery blue in the lines.

Now a Pingu cake is not complete without Pingu and his family!  I used gum paste to make the characters. They stood tall on the cake with pieces of uncooked spaghetti noodles. :)  I used a bit of sparkly decorating gel to make the fishing hole.  It turned out great, everything went perfectly.  The look on my nephew’s face when he saw the cake was priceless, and warmed my heart when he said ‘Pingu!’.