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One of my favorite parts about my job is getting special requests and making them come to life!  In this case, I was given an invitation to a baby shower and asked to make a cupcake cake that resembled the penguin pictured on it.

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With an excited “Of course I can do that!” I took the order and hit the ground running.  To start, I mapped out my design plan with pennies.

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After confirming the design and cupcake count with my customer, I baked the cupcakes and got them set up just like in the penny map.  Here, you’ll see that I ended up adding two extra cupcakes to make the bow on the penguin’s head.

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I then started icing by beginning with the outline of the penguin, using a large round tip (Wilton Tip 1A).  This creates for a very crisp edge when filling in your design in the following steps.

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Notice it does not have to be pretty.  Pretty comes when you fill it in.

To fill it in, I drop small piles of icing into the spaces that need it.  I then ice it relatively smooth and follow up by adding some texture with my Wilton spatula.

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Next, I filled in the stomach of the penguin in the same way.  Then followed with the details of the feet and face.

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As the finishing touch, I iced on the bow and this penguin cake was good to go!

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What a very fun way to welcome a new baby girl into the world and bring the shower theme full circle!  Planning a wedding or baby shower for someone?  We would love to bring your theme to life with your cake!