Monday, August 29, 2011

Rubber Ducky, You're the one!!

Rubber Ducky, you're the one!  And I don't mean bath time!

As we all know, I love an excuse to bake.  I like to think of myself as a good baker, and when it comes to cakes, I always have fun decorating them!!  Although, with every case of baking a cake, there comes a story of disaster (or near disaster) with the decorating.

I have come to volunteering cakes, either as a "silent auction item" for the United Way campaign at work, or just for family or friends.  The last cake I was to make for the UW campaign really fulfilled the description of "disaster."  Let's just say that the strawberry filling was way too think and we had a cake-landslide in the kitchen, as well as a tantrum at 11pm from me.  I ended up fixing the cake, but not without that crying fit.

Rubber Ducky was a cake that I made for my friend Jaclyn at work.  Her daughter's birthday was back in January, but they weren't able to celebrate with the family, so they had a 2.5 birthday for her this weekend, and she requested a rubber ducky cake.  I have to say, that in the scheme of disasters, this was one of the easiest (and disaster-free) cakes I've ever made.

Notes about the cake:  I seriously overfilled the pan.  And I knew this even before I put it in the oven to bake, so I lined the lower shelves of the oven with tin-foil, mainly so that there would be less of a mess to clean up.  The cake took over an hour to cook, but it cooked!  After it cooled, I split it in half, and put buttercream frosting (from the King Arthur Flour Cookbook), there was no way I was trying filling again for a cake I had to give away.  I did have to make 4 batches of frosting, but I uesed almost all of it....I just forgot to save some to color for the writing (all that I had left was already colored dark ) so I ended up writing in tubed-gel (which I've never done before, and probably won't do again).  In any case, I had no disaster with the decorating, and here's the end result (I ran out of writing gel, and had to get some more before the delivery)!!

 Fun stars covered the entire cake!!!

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