Penguin Cake Holiday Fun

by Kat MacElwain
(North Las Vegas, NV)

Front Of  Penguin Cake

Front Of Penguin Cake

Front Of  Penguin Cake
Back of Penguin Cake
Penguin Spa

HOW IT ALL STARTED


I have always loved baking. All through junior high and high school I took every home economic and cooking class they offered and always baked cakes for my friend's birthdays. Though of course in those days it was just out of love of baking and to see people's faces light up at getting goodies.

Back then I had no idea what truly could be done with cakes. What started me on my path of decorating them was my own wedding four years ago. Being on a tight budget for the wedding and reception, I was on the hunt for an "affordable" wedding cake.

It was a disheartening adventure when I couldn't find one under three hundred dollars. So I began to think, maybe I can make my own; I loved to bake and "Hey how hard could it be, right?" Boy was I wrong. It began to get pricey and too time consuming to make my own, so I gave up the idea and continued my search.

I finally found a woman who ran a home based business and she gave me quite a deal plus I loved how it came out! It got me to thinking; I could do that…so I started taking all the Wilton classes at the craft store.

Believe it or not my amazing husband took the classes with me, while it's not his skill set and it's not his passion; he took the classes to be with me and to be my assistant. He is the best assistant ever; it's so amazing to know he's there to help and knows what I'm talking about and what I'm trying to do.

THAT SPECIAL CAKE

Last Christmas I was asked to do a cake for St. Jude's Ranch for their holiday party. I was so honored to do this cake for such a great cause. I brainstormed and came up with the idea of a penguin cake with a holiday theme.

I decided to make it "In the Round", meaning that from any angle there was a story going on. The top was a penguin spa, the front of the cake was the family passing out presents and the back was penguin kids having some wintertime fun. It was my first "major" cake and my first BIG three tier cake. It took me a total of 18 hours to create it, and it weighed well over 30 pounds.

Many times I felt I was in over my head and worried that it wouldn't come out well. Not to mention we had to drive it way across town, a 45 minute drive with this massive three tiered cake balanced on my lap. Every stop, turn and acceleration terrified me.

As for the cake itself, each layer was a different flavor: chocolate, vanilla and confetti cake, filled and covered with buttercream icing. All the penguins were made out of rice cereal treats and fondant. The Christmas tree was a fondant covered sugar cookie. The spa was created by using white chocolate planks (made from a candy bar mold) and the ladder was two candy canes held together with "fondant steps".

I wanted this cake to be perfect for the kids. It was the greatest feeling to show up at the celebration carrying in this mammoth of a cake and seeing all those little faces light up! I was told afterwards that they all argued over who got to take a penguin.

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I found for a better tasting and smoother finish on the candy walls for the spa, it was better to use Toll House white chocolate chips instead of the traditional candy melts.

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Dec 10, 2013
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Beautiful
by: Anonymous

Absolutely gorgeous! I'd have to save those Penguins, couldn't bear to eat something to cute and beautifully crafted. Well done.

Dec 10, 2013
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Aww
by: Anonymous

This cake is just too cute for words!

Dec 10, 2013
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great cake
by: Anonymous

I love the penguins!

Dec 09, 2013
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Adorable
by: Vannessa

This cake is too cute. It has amazing personality and is full of fun! Kat did a great job. :-)

Dec 01, 2013
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Love it!
by: Luanne M.

This cake is absolutely adorable. Great job!

Dec 01, 2013
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Wow
by: Anonymous

Love it, so sweet.

Nov 30, 2013
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cake
by: ps

Really like this cake, great job!

Nov 30, 2013
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by: Anonymous

♥♥

Nov 30, 2013
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adorable
by: Anonymous

I love it

Nov 30, 2013
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Cute Theme
by: Anonymous

Very adorable cake, I've seen alot of her work and it is always very well done!

Nov 29, 2013
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Love it
by: Anonymous

This is too precious!

Nov 17, 2013
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love it!
by: Pat S.

So cute and well done!

Nov 17, 2013
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sweet!
by: Terry P.

Adorable cake, sweet theme and beautifully done.

Nov 13, 2013
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perfect
by: Anonymous

perfect

Nov 12, 2013
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Adorable
by: Meena Mustafa

This is such a adorable cake :)

Nov 11, 2013
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Cute,cute,cute
by: Anonymous

Very imaginative!

Nov 11, 2013
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excellent
by: Kelly Young

This is one of my favorite cakes of all time...Winter and the Holidays bring out the best in all of us but this cake has brought a smile on my face every time I see it...beautiful and creative

Nov 11, 2013
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Adorable
by: Anonymous

Great cake for a great cause

Nov 11, 2013
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amazing
by: michelle s

Such a beautiful cake! Thoughtfully designed and carried out beautifully!!

Nov 10, 2013
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very talented
by: Jes

We always get our cakes from Kat. Not only do they taste great but she puts a lot of thought and time into the themes to make them perfect! I love this cake and it went to a great cause.

Nov 10, 2013
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Beautiful
by: Maria s

The cake has such amazing detail.

Nov 10, 2013
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Beautiful Cake
by: Terry W

Kat's cakes are a work of art. Beautifully done, thoughtful and she is dedicated!

Nov 10, 2013
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As Delicious as it looks!
by: Anonymous

We've received several treats from her. They are just as delicious as they look, if not more.
Everyone in the house is just so excited when she brings something by!
Very Talented in both Decor and taste!

Nov 10, 2013
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feeling like a little kid
by: Anonymous

Looking at this cake makes me think of Christmas and all of the joys. It is very beautiful and the colors work together. It makes you feel like a little kid, excited for the season of joy and love.

Nov 10, 2013
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Magnificent
by: Derek MacElwain

This is flat-out beautiful, some of the best work she's ever done. The colors are breathtaking and the penguins represent a sense of fun. Definitely a masterpiece all around.

Nov 10, 2013
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Amazing creativity!
by: Crystal

I have had the pleasure of being a recipient of one of Kat's custom cakes and they are not just gorgeous, but delicious! True talent!

Nov 10, 2013
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Wonderful cake!
by: Anonymous

Sweet idea and great cake

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