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From Bear to Penguin 
Jun. 17, 2009 5:10 am 
Updated: Jun. 21, 2009 8:06 pm
Part II - Assembly

This part has no picture, so I'll just explain it. I used two cake boards which I cut square and taped together, then covered with foil. Thank heavens I doubled it, because this is one heavy cake. I bought dowel rod at Wally World and cut four lengths about 1 1/4 inches - the height of the 8 inch layer. I made a double batch of Decorator Frosting I (my favorite for decorating) and used white to cover the layer. Then I pushed the four dowel pieces into the center of the cake. I used a piece of the leftover cake board and cut it small enough to fit under the penguin's tushy. That piece was placed on top of the dowel pieces and the penguin was plopped onto it. This kept the bird from sinking into the layer cake.

I actually used a photo of a stuffed animal as my model, but based it loosely on the Wilton penguin cake, too. I probably looked at over 100 pictures of penguin cakes, but wanted something different. Using a star tip I outlined the penguin's belly. Then I covered the rest of the penguin with black stars. (My helpful assistant, and the birthday boy himself, can be seen finishing the head.) When this was complete I positioned the beak. In retrospect, I should have done this before frosting the back of the head. I wasn't able to put pressure on the back. Live and learn. I had to add a little more frosting around the beak as a result, but it looked good. Next the eyes went on. The wings were next and last the feet, which were slid between the penguin and the layer. Finished? Not quite. You see, the birthday boy had seen the penguin cake on the Wilton site and wanted a party hat. Sooo - I colored some white frosting blue and frosted a sugar cone which was put, tilted, onto the penguin's head. Then I made some red frosting and used a multi-opening tip (233) to do the decoration around and on the top of the hat. I used white frosting with the star tip to go around the base of the layer and wrote the birthday message on the layer with the blue frosting. The penguin was complete.

He was mighty tasty, too. Yes, it was hard to cut (not physically, but I had a bit of an emotional attachment to the little fellow). The kids were a big help there. They quickly pulled off the beak and wings, leaving me no choice. I won't add pictures of that part.

Many thanks to those who helped with my questions about cakes, re-dying fondant, and coloring frosting (it did finally darken up!) The recipe exchange is such a wealth of information!
From Bear to , well, Snowman...
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White Frosting - He's sitting on the layer at this point. It's already been frosted white.
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Piping the Black Frosting - The birthday boys gets involved.
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The Beak
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Now the Eyes... This is where he really started looking like a cutie!
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Now for the Wings
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Almost Finished - The the feet and hat go on.
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Penguin Complete
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Jun. 17, 2009 5:36 am
That is one adorable cake Pam!..good job!
Jun. 17, 2009 5:58 am
Thanks Pam, don't ge rid of this, I'm going to need it. LOL
Jun. 17, 2009 6:06 am
Really Great Job!! I know it takes A LOT of work to make a cake like that!
Jun. 17, 2009 6:13 am
Oh my gosh. I would've thrown the cake agianst the wall. No joke. Awesome job!!!!
Jun. 17, 2009 8:10 am
How lucky is your son to have a mom like you? So cool......
Jun. 17, 2009 8:31 am
Awesome! I am with k86108, I would have probably thrown it against a wall LOL! I am newer to cake decorating so I am so amazed when I see someone put such a great effort and get a great result! Awesome!
Jun. 17, 2009 8:42 am
You really hung in there, Pam. I enjoyed reading your blog, it was so interesting. It was nice to see how your penguin came about. Thanks for sharing.
Jun. 17, 2009 9:21 am
Great cake and Blog!
Jun. 17, 2009 10:48 am
Some people are so talented!.. Maybe one day I can dream of making such a cake but first I'll need take a cake decorating 101 class and then hopefully progress to 102 and 103 if such exists before I'd dare... I showed my family your adorable cake!..
Jun. 17, 2009 10:51 am
Awesome cake, Pam. Great information, thanks for sharing.
Jun. 17, 2009 9:24 pm
Excellent job, Pam! It was fun to watch the progression of your penguin. :)
Jun. 17, 2009 10:40 pm
Pam,I love the penguin he's adorable!! But I have a ?? about some of you photo's your fried mac n' cheese balls. How in the world did you make yours so Perfect? Mine looked like C@@P!! Before they were fried enough, they were melting. I tried them frozen, still frozen in the middle. I tried them refrigerated ,fell apart My oil was hot and fresh. BTW, my oil bubbled something awful!! More than it should have. Well, Thanks for the advise in advance!
Jun. 18, 2009 11:43 am
You are very talented. I often refer back to your pictures for ideas. I get some emotional attachments to some of my cakes, such as my first fondant cake I just made last night. I had a hard time cutting it this morning.
Jun. 18, 2009 1:59 pm
Thanks everyone!
Jun. 18, 2009 3:42 pm
You are so very artistic! This is one of the best cakes I've seen. Thanks for taking the time to share the process of making this cute little cake. Fantastic job, Pam
Jun. 18, 2009 6:23 pm
Wow! Beautiful cake! I would not have the patience! But if you like penguins, have you tried "Cream Cheese Penguins" from this site? I made them for a party years ago and people are still talking. So cute!
Jun. 18, 2009 6:37 pm
Ace of Cakes has nothing on you! Great job and great fun following along on your blog.
Jun. 18, 2009 8:59 pm
Barbara, I haven't done the cream cheese penguins, but I think they're adorable! Olives and peanut butter are just about the only two foods I won't eat. LOL
Jun. 20, 2009 6:38 am
That is such an adorable cake, you did a wonderful job! I'm jealous! What a fun party it must have been.
Jun. 20, 2009 8:44 am
Hope your son had a great party. I know he loved the special cake. What a memory to have of making that cake together. It is amazing! Good Job, both of you!
Jun. 20, 2009 8:48 am
Oh, great step by step photos too!
Jun. 20, 2009 2:19 pm
I just made the mistake of showing this awesome cake to my husband, who wants to know why I can't make something like that for our son's for our first birthday!!!!! Let's see if I took lessons every day for the next month.... there is still no chance!!! What a great cake!
Jun. 21, 2009 8:06 pm
Ephraimsmom - It's really not as hard as it looks. Wilton has so many cute pans that come with directions - you don't really have to wing it. Also, the Family Fun (Disney) website has a seemingly endless supply of ideas for kids' parties, cakes, etc. I remember doing a fire engine for my youngest when he was about 2. It used regular pans, frostings and different candies. Go for it!
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I have three teenage sons who are picky eaters (especially the middle one). I try to cook things that they might enjoy trying, but they're not always willing to try new things. My husband started out a picky eater when we met back in 1986, but he's gotten much better and is willing to try ALMOST anything I make. In my spare time I teach second grade. I have introduced my students to cooking and/or new foods over the years.
My favorite things to cook
I love to try all sorts of new recipes, so I don't really have a favorite thing to cook. I enjoy using fresh ingredients from the garden and canning those ingredients to use year-round. I also enjoy baking treats for my second grade class. I'll try almost anything if I think my family will eat it. Of course, I've been known to try a recipe because I want to, whether they'll eat it or not.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I love making the pumpkin pies and other desserts for Thanksgiving. I always like to try one new dessert for each holiday. Baking Christmas cookies is a tradition that goes back as long as I can remember.
My cooking triumphs
I've made some pretty cool cakes for my boys' birthdays. They include a firetruck, baseball, football, and Pokeball. I've also used shaped pans to decorate everything from Barney and Elmo, Power Ranger, Jeff Gordon's #24 racecar, football helmet, a dog and dog house, a monkey, a giant cupcake, and a penguin. Some recent cakes have been a pizza, chef's hat, and Topsy-Turvy (Mad Hatter Cake.) The last one didn't collapse - that was a real triumph! One of my best triumphs has been teaching my boys to cook. They'll never go hungry.
My cooking tragedies
The first time I cooked a turkey I relied on my thermometer to tell when it was done. It wasn't.
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