I made Ashlyn’s turtle cake for her first birthday, so of course I wanted to make her second birthday cake this year. She loves rubber duckies so I thought that would be a great cake to help us celebrate. Using the same carrot cake recipe as last year, I used a small glass measuring cup for the duck’s head and a small loaf pan to make the body.
Once the cake had cooled I put it in the fridge overnight. I made cream cheese icing, then put about 1/2 cup aside to use for the eyes and beak; the rest I coloured yellow using food dye. The next day I cut it as best I could into a duck shape and did a crumb coat with the yellow cream cheese icing.
It went back into the fridge for a few hours, then I did the final icing and added chocolate chips to the eyes.
The rest of the cake batter was made into cupcakes to share with her little friends the next day at her birthday playdate. I found little rubber duckies to put on top, which I thought was a fun touch.
I thought it turned out pretty cute and I was excited to show it to Ashlyn on her birthday! She loved it when it was on the counter but as I got closer with it, she started to get more upset. Check out the look on her face here!
As a little back-story, last week we were watching a Food Network Challenge that involved Dora. One baker made a giant Dora (I think it was about 4 feet tall) and to the horror of Ashlyn (and I’m sure other children), the head fell off. For a week now, we’ve randomly been hearing “Dora. Head. BROKEN!”. Once she figured out that she was supposed to eather beloved rubber duckie, it was over. She could not get out of her seat and away from that cake fast enough! Now we also randomly hear “Daddy eat duckie HEAD! Ashlyn no eat cake!”
Cake fail. Next year, I’m sticking to a rectangle with a three on it!