Video:Rubber Ducky Baby Shower Cakewith Elizabeth LaBau
This rubber ducky baby shower cake is perfect for baby showers or a young child's birthday party, and the best part is that everything, including the ducky itself, is completely edible. Here's how to make a rubber ducky baby shower cake.See Transcript
Transcript:Rubber Ducky Baby Shower CakeHi, I'm Elizabeth LaBau for About.com. Today I'm going to show you how to make a rubber ducky cake for a baby shower.
Rubber Ducky Baby Shower Cake MaterialsTo make this cake, you will need:
- A cake, covered with blue frosting or blue fondant
- About 1 pound of white fondant
- Blue, yellow, orange, and black food coloring
- Assorted small, round cutters
- A rolling pin
- A small, clean paintbrush
Color the FondantFirst, we need to color the fondant. Divide it in half and color approximately half of it bright yellow, for the rubber ducky. The easiest way is to press your fondant into a disc and put several drops of food coloring in the middle, then fold it over itself and knead it together until the color is even. If it gets sticky, dust your hands with a little powdered sugar. Once your yellow is finished, color a small amount, about the size of a walnut, with orange food coloring. Then, divide the remaining fondant in thirds. Leave one third white, and dye one third light blue and one third dark blue. Wrap the yellow and orange fondants so they don't dry out during this next step.
Create Water Bubbles With FondantCover your work surface with powdered sugar and roll out one of the blue balls of fondant until it is a thin sheet, less than 1/4 inch thick. Use the circular cutters to cut different sized circles out of the fondant to represent bath bubbles, and place them on a baking sheet. The number of circles you'll need depends on the size of the cake, but a dozen or two should be a safe bet for most cakes. Repeat this process with the other blue and white fondant, until you have a big assortment of circles in different colors and sizes. Here's a fun way to make a marbled effect. Take your scraps of blue and white fondant and gently knead them together a few times. Not too much, just enough to get them a little mixed. Roll the ball of fondant out—you'll have a nice, swirled white-and-blue pattern.
Attach Fondant Bubbles to Baby Shower CakeStart attaching the fondant circles to the cake. If your cake is covered with buttercream, you can just press them on the surface, or squirt a little buttercream behind them to make it stick. If it's covered with fondant, brush a little water on the back of the circle to make it stick. Place the large circles on the bottom, slightly overlapping, alternating sizes and colors. Once the bottom is covered, add smaller circles on top, working your way up to the top of the cake, until the sides are covered with fondant bubbles. Finally, place just a few small bubbles on top of the cake.
Make Rubber Ducky for Baby Shower CakeTo form the ducky, press the yellow fondant into an oval shape. Begin forming the head: work a portion of the fondant on top between your fingers, narrowing it so that there is a round circle on top for the head and a narrower neck. Roll it gently, with even pressure, until you're happy with it. Pinch the back of the duck so that it tapers into a tail. If you have too much fondant back there, use a sharp knife to cut away excess, then smooth it with your fingers. Continue to work the fondant until you have a duck shape you like.
Make Beak Out of FondantTo make the beak, pinch off nickel-sized portions of orange fondant and form them into two thin triangles. Check their size against the duck's head, and if necessary, trim them so that they're proportional. Continue to check, trim, and shape the orange triangles until the beak looks right. Press them together, then paint a little water on the back and press them firmly onto the duck's head until they stick.
Give Rubber Ducky EyesRoll two small circles of white fondant for eyes, and press them flat. Glue them to the duck's head with a dab of water. Use a small paintbrush dipped in black food coloring to draw pupils on your duck's eyes. Your rubber ducky is now finished and ready to be placed on top of your cake. This cute rubber ducky cake is perfect for baby showers or a young child's birthday party, and the best part is that everything, including the ducky itself, is completely edible.
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