Saturday, March 18, 2017

Rubber Ducky Smash Cake

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It has been 364 days since my youngest grandson was born! His mom asked me if I would make his smash cake.
Of course I said YES!
Step 1
  • Preheat the oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Make a white cake mix according to the package directions.
  • Grease and flour a 1.5 quart crock pot insert - see the picture below.

  • Put liners for 2 jumbo cupcakes into  jumbo cupcake pan.
  • Filling the jumbo cupcake liners 2/3 full of batter and pouring the rest into the greased and floured cake pan.
  • Cook for 20 - 24 minutes. Check the jumbo cupcakes by inserting a toothpick into the cupcakes about halfway between the edge and center of the cupcakes. If the toothpick comes out clean, your cupcakes are done.
  • Remove the cupcakes from the oven and let cool for about 10 minutes in the pan. Remove from the pan and let cool on a cooling rack. 
  • Cook the cake for another 16 minutes and check the cake for doneness with a bamboo skewer about halfway between the edge and center of the cake. If the skewer comes out clean, your cake is done.
  • Remove cake from oven and cool for 10 minutes before removing it from the pan. 
Step 2

  • After cooling the cake and cupcakes, wrap them in plastic wrap and put them in the freezer until good and firm.
  • Remove wrapped cupcakes and mini-cake. 
  • Cut the rounded tops off of the two jumbo cupcakes to form a flat surface.
  • On one of the cupcakes only, cut off 1/3rd from the bottom end. This will be the bottom of your duck head.
  • Pipe a dam of frosting around the top, outside edge of the trimmed cupcake, then fill with a thin coat of frosting inside the dam. Place the whole jumbo cupcake, topside down, onto the top of the frosting. Apply a thin base coat to the cupcakes and put back into the freezer until the frosting is firm. 
  • Apply a base coat of frosting to the duck head and the mini-cake. Finish frosting the head and the body of the cake. and chill until the duck head can be handled  and attacked to the mini-cake as pictured below.