How to Make a Rubber Ducky Baby Shower Cake


Last month I helped my mother-in-law and my husband’s aunt throw my sweet friend (who is also my husband’s cousin) a baby shower for her baby boy. I was in charge of the cake and I decided to make her a rubber ducky cake. I wanted it to be 3 layers and made with homemade buttercream frosting. It turned out so cute and was so easy to make, that I thought I would share how I did it.

First I bought 2 white cake mixes (I prefer Pillsbury) and mixed them both up. I was able to make three 8-inch round cakes and 12 cupcakes. I put 2 cups of batter into each 8-inch round cake pans.


I froze the cakes overnight so that they would be easier to work with (less crumbs in your frosting that way). I mixed up a double batch of frosting and colored half of it a baby blue color using food coloring. The other half I left white.



I put a little bit of frosting on the cake stand to hold the cakes and keep them from sliding.


Next, I put white frosting on top of the cake and then added the next layer. I put frosting on that cake and added the final cake on top.




I then used the blue frosting to cover the entire cake. Using a cake spatula is a great way to spread your frosting.



Then I smoothed out the frosting. To make the frosting smooth, get a hot glass of water (I usually just microwave a cup of water for a few minutes) and dip your cake spatula in it every time you even out the frosting.



Once that was done, I put some white frosting on top and added a rubber duck.



I bought some small white pearl candies as well as some white Sixlets candies and I used those to make “bubbles” on the cake.


Around the bottom of the cake, I piped out a small border around the cake.



Then I added the Sixlets and pearls randomly around the cake. Then I added two more rubber ducks on the side and ta-da….a cute baby shower cake!



On the cupcakes, I just I used up the rest of the frosting I had and swirled some frosting on top of the cupcakes and added leftover pearls and Sixlets. My boys sure enjoyed that part!



  1. dannyscotland says:

    Wow, that is amazing! And great tips about the icing–crumbs and smoothing it. I had no idea about either! The cake looks super awesome, too.

  2. vickie couturier says:

    I am so going to try to make this for my new grandbaby due in Oct. baby shower,,excited,,dont know the sex yet

  3. James Robert says:

    Nice job, I am certainly not good at this stuff but you did a great job on it

  4. That is such a cute idea! I’d love to try and make one of these cakes for my oldest daughter. She’s getting married soon and I’m hoping a baby will be coming soon after!!

  5. rochelle haynes says:

    Real nice like to try this

  6. That’s such a cute cake, I love how you made it a rubber ducky cake.

  7. wow – I just saved a bundle not having to go to cooking school to find out a bunch of tricks to make a cake like a pro – sooo cute. and so easy even I could do this – I think!

  8. This looks like a brilliant cake for a birthday party. Thanks for sharing this with us.

  9. Rebecca Kellerman says:

    I love this! How creative!

  10. Wow – the best part is knowing your tricks to make it come out better – and is so adorable – I want to make one!!! I need to find out who is going to have a baby shower!!!

  11. Whenever you put so much presentation into a cake it makes it hard to eat because you do not want to destroy all the work that was put into it.

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