Wednesday, January 26, 2011

There's A Penguin In My Fridge!

A penguin cake, that is. 


I wish it was that simple:  just open the refrigerator door one day and there's the penguin cake, nestled in with the carrot juice and yogurt.  And on the shelf right above him are the penguin cupcakes - frosted and ready for a birthday party full of hungry preschoolers.


Actually, I'm kinda glad it didn't magically appear in my fridge.  It was really fun to make and I learned a lot of valuable information that I can now add to my cake-making bag of tricks.  One, it takes A LOT of black food coloring to turn white frosting to a true black which, in turn, gives the partygoers gooey purple tongues.  Two, it's a breeze to sculpt a cake when it's frozen - much less crumbly that way.  Three, working with fondant is not nearly as tricky as it seems, it's quite a forgiving meduim (but it tastes disgusting). 
Overall, I'm very pleased with how my little penguin friend turned out.  He's five layers of 8-inch white cakes with black buttercream frosting and fondant face, tummy and nose.  I totally copied this photo that I found on Flickr - so a huge thank you to "jenifah007" for sharing her genius and inspiring me!



Remember those fondant penguins I posted about awhile ago?  If so, you'll probably recognize them as the toppers on these cupcakes.  The diving into the water guy is still my favorite!




Check out round two of penguin cake and cupcakes...this time in pink and purple!

As seen on CraftGossip.com   UndertheTableandDreaming    




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63 comments:

  1. So cute!
    Next time start with chocolate frosting and dye it black. It takes far less coloring.

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  2. That is the CUTEST cake!! I love it! And the cupcakes, Oh my, how adorable :) I love the penguins on their bellies, too cute. Amazing job!

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  3. You did such a good job! I love the cupcakes!

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  4. Very cute!! I love the cupcakes!

    suzy

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  5. OMG!! I want to hug that penguin!! SO stinkin' adorable! You are mega talented, and the cupcakes...sent me overboard! Awesome job Megan!!

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  6. So, so, so, so, so CUTE!!! I love them all!
    xoxo,
    Amy

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  7. So so fabulous, Meg! You are so good with that decorating! And the penguins are just too fun. I love the diving one too!

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  8. Oh my gosh, I wish there'd been more cake-decorating stuff available when I was a kid so I could have had cakes this amazing! The big cake and cupcakes all turned out amazingly, I really love the little belly-sliding cupcake penguins in particular. And now I want to go play with some fondant...

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  9. Lots of birthdays coming up here, and when I spied this cake you made I knew it would be perfect for my animal lover son who'll be turning 8 in Feb. I just showed him the cake, and cup cakes, and he asked if we could make them for his birthday! Thanks for sharing the idea.
    Tana

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  10. You've outdone yourself, Megan. Unbelievable. The cake is amazing!

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  11. The cake is fantastic - and the cupcakes are darling!!!

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  12. that is the cutest cake!! I love your cupcake toppers too! I wish I had the patience for that! I get super upset when my cakes don't turn out the way they look like in my head, lol!

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  13. Wow, the cake and cupcakes turned out perfect! You are so talented and creative, I just love this idea especially for a winter birthday.

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  14. Oh my gosh, your cake is PERFECT! What a great job! The cupcakes are darling too, especially the feet in the air:)

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  15. That is super, super cute! Love penquins, and he's adorable!

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  16. so so so so so so so cute!

    -Jackie
    http://jaclyndesigns.blogspot.com/

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  17. This is absolutely adorable! And the mini ones look great on cupcakes!

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  18. I love these! So super adorable. And it's nice to know that fondant isn't as hard to work with as it seems - I've never tried it.

    (found you through a few link parties we both frequent!)

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  19. You are truly amazing! The cake and cupcakes look awesome! Fantastic job!

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  20. That is one seriously COOL cake!!

    You really did a great job on it, and the matching penguin cupcakes too :)

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  21. Oh my gosh! Its not my birthday 'til September but this is the cake I want, I'm a big kid who just lurves any thing penguin! And the cupcakes, to cute!

    I shall have to send my Spencer to have a peek at this page so he knows what to do!

    Thanks for sharing, you made my day

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  22. One of my daycare kids LOVES penguins. This would be perfect to make for her b'day in May! Visiting you from Tidy Mom.

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  23. You have an amazing talent! I could never pull this off. Thanks for linking up with Fun for Kids Friday http://www.localfunforkids.com/

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  24. I knew this would turn out AWESOME! It looks SUPER fabulous!
    Thanks for linking up to Making It With Allie. I can't wait to see what you have for next week!
    alliemakes.blogspot.com

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  25. He is seriously adorable!! Great work!!

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  26. OMG! These are so adorable! I love the diving guy, too! Thanks for sharing. (I stopped over from Tatertots and Jello)

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  27. Ahhh! I love them! I'll be featuring them on CCATT very soon!

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  28. just too stinkin' cute!!

    Thanks for linking up! I featured your post in my wrap up post http://tidymom.net/2011/projects-by-you/

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  29. I gasped out loud when I saw your photo. Amazing! I really hope you will share photos of the completed party set up, as the mother of a child who would completely love a penguin themed party I am on the hunt for inspiration!

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  30. Oh, the cuteness. I mean, what IS it about this guy? Beyond adorable!! I posted a link on ediblecrafts.craftgossip.com. I hope that's OK! Credit to my co-editor, Amanda, for spotting and sending my way :)

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  31. Seriously, one of the cutest cakes I have seen. With Joy, Carey

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  32. You can make your own fondant. It tastes MUCH better. Try this one...

    http://www.the-crafty-penguin.com/2010/10/cake-series-part-1-of-4-how-to-make.html

    or this one...

    http://www.waybeyondcakes.com/Reviews.html

    I decorate cakes with it all the time.

    www.facebook.com/MrsToths --MT

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  33. Those are seriously cute!You are amazing. Come on over and enter my first give away.
    mickey
    http://monstermama-monstermama.blogspot.com/

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  34. aweeee! That is the sweetest cake! Really great job. and love the cupcakes too!

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  35. Oh...seriously, how cute is that. I that it was possibly the cutest thing ever until I saw the cupcake with the diving penguin! OMG I love it!


    I am stopping by from Sugar Bee's Take a Look Tuesday! Would love to have you take a look at my project, too : )

    http://xsurvivingmotherhoodx.blogspot.com/

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  36. BEAUTIFUL! The cake is just wonderful, and I love the little diving penguin!

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  37. I love penguins, and that is the cutest cake ever. I really wish I had an excuse to make it.

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  38. I just love the penguin! Very cute!

    Would love to have you link it up to our party!
    http://www.between3sisters.com/2011/02/midweek-motivation-link-party.html

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  39. Your penguins crack me up! How do you summon the patience to make all of these??

    I'm stopping by to let you know that you're featured on my blog tonight! Congratulations :)

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  40. You need to be on the Food Network. Wow.

    Thanks for linking up to Creative Juice last week.

    FYI: Creative Juice is on hiatus until the week of Valentine's Day because of The Beat the Winter Blues Party.

    If you have any cool photo project you'd like to link up...stop by!

    http://momnivoresdilemma.blogspot.com/2011/02/beat-winter-blues-tackle-those.html

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  41. I saw this cake on Tidy Mom's website and absolutely loved it! It was so adorable that I actually made it for my grandma's birthday this past weekend! She loved it! Thanks for super cute idea!

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  42. Oh my gosh! And there are cupcakes to match! Awesome job.

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  43. This is absolutely adorable!!! I love penguins!!

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  44. Very cute... thanks for sharing!

    Please come by and visit me... I am a new follower! http://justcraftytoday.blogspot.com/ , while you are there... be sure to grab my button for Sweet Saturdays Link Party!

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  45. Megan,
    These look so good! I love that one diving into the frosting! What a sweet baby he is.
    Thanks for all the tips
    Christine
    greatoakcircle.com

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  46. That looks AMAZING! I'm attempting my first fondant project soon, glad to know its easier than it seems! Thanks so much for linking this up to gettin' crafty on hump day! :)

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  47. I know you linked him to Creative Juice, but I'd love if he'd make a cameo at my sweet tooth party!

    http://momnivoresdilemma.blogspot.com/2011/02/beat-winter-blues-indulge-your-sweet.html

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  48. Oooh... this is sooooooo funny!!!!!!!!!!!

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  49. Wow! I wish I could make cakes like that. I am in awhhh of your talent. I have to order cakes for my parties ... lol!

    http://willowbeanstudio.blogspot.com/

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  50. SO adorable! Now following! I love the cupcake where the penguin's little feet are sticking out!

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  51. Ok, so I didn't copy cat you as much as I wanted to but my son was happy with his birthday cake.
    Come take a look, http://littlebirdseeds.blogspot.com/2011/03/we-had-flippn-good-time.html
    Tana

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  52. These are SO cute! Saw you on The Birthday Blog and I am now your newest follower!

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  53. so playful! why are penguins so adorable? great job

    Feel free to stop by and link up to my Make & Share 1st edition today and come back every friday thru saturday!

    ~ Christy

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  54. I am searching for penguin themed b-day parties for one of my readers and found your site on Creative Party Place. I must say, the name of your site and your tag line has me ROLLING on the floor! So stinkin' funny. :) Love it.

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  55. Thanks so much for the inspiration - my efforts turned out mint green though! (see them at http://anexperimentincreativity.blogspot.com/ ) how did you get the icing so blue?

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  56. I just had a go at doing this. Thanks for sharing the idea. My result was not quite as professional looking as yours, but seems to have gone down well all the same: http://madebyanastronomer.blogspot.co.uk/2013/02/penguin-cake.html

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