HOW TO MAKE PENGUIN CAKE

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PENGUIN CAKE
a tutorial by Erin Gardner

Supplies:

  • 6-inch round single layer cake
  • 1 cupcake
  • Plain buttercream
  • Toothpick
  • White nonpareils
  • Black sprinkles
  • Red sprinkles
  • Snowflake sprinkles (or whatever shapes you like)
  • Small pearl sprinkles
  • Black buttercream
  • Piping bag
  • Small round piping tip (optional)
  • 2 large pink confetti sprinkles
  • 1 orange Starburst candy

 

 

PREP THE CAKE

Ice your cake with a thick layer of plain buttercream.

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Penguin Cake - a sprinkle coated penguin cake too adorable for words | by Erin Gardner for TheCakeBlog.com

Penguin Cake - a sprinkle coated penguin cake too adorable for words | by Erin Gardner for TheCakeBlog.com

Use a toothpick or skewer to draw a half moon shape across the top of the cake for the hat area and kind of an open-bottom heart for the penguin’s face. Don’t stress too much about making the cake smooth, all flaws will be covered with sprinkles.

Penguin Cake - a sprinkle coated penguin cake too adorable for words | by Erin Gardner for TheCakeBlog.com

Penguin Cake - a sprinkle coated penguin cake too adorable for words | by Erin Gardner for TheCakeBlog.com

ADD THE SPRINKLES

Set your cake plate or platter on a baking sheet to catch any sprinkles that fall off the cake. Use a spoon to fill the penguin face area in with white nonpareils. Use the back of the spoon to spread and smooth the sprinkles. Whenever I’m working on a sprinkle design, such as this penguin, I find it’s easier to start with the largest area that needs to be filled in, working out from there.

Penguin Cake - a sprinkle coated penguin cake too adorable for words | by Erin Gardner for TheCakeBlog.com

Add a layer of black sprinkles for the penguin’s skin in the same way. If any should escape into the face area, just use the toothpick to lift it away. Fill in the hat area with red sprinkles.

Penguin Cake - a sprinkle coated penguin cake too adorable for words | by Erin Gardner for TheCakeBlog.com

Penguin Cake - a sprinkle coated penguin cake too adorable for words | by Erin Gardner for TheCakeBlog.com

Top the cupcake with a layer of plain buttercream and dip it into the red sprinkles to coat. Adhere the cupcake to your platter with a dab of buttercream.

Penguin Cake - a sprinkle coated penguin cake too adorable for words | by Erin Gardner for TheCakeBlog.com

Penguin Cake - a sprinkle coated penguin cake too adorable for words | by Erin Gardner for TheCakeBlog.com

DECORATE YOUR PENGUIN CAKE

 Cut the starburst into two making a diagonal cut. Add one of the Starburst triangles as the penguin’s beak and two round pink confetti sprinkles for his cheeks.

Penguin Cake - a sprinkle coated penguin cake too adorable for words | by Erin Gardner for TheCakeBlog.com

Fill a piping bag fitted with a small round tip with black buttercream. Pipe two little semi-circles for the penguin’s eyes. Decorate your penguin’s hat with snowflake sprinkles or any other shapes you like!

Penguin Cake - a sprinkle coated penguin cake too adorable for words | by Erin Gardner for TheCakeBlog.com

Enjoy your adorable sprinkle coated penguin cake!

Penguin Cake - a sprinkle coated penguin cake too adorable for words | by Erin Gardner for TheCakeBlog.com

 

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