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!