3D Rubber Ducky Cake
Posted: 07 March 2009 11:29 AM   [ Ignore ]
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Hi everyone,
I’m baking a 3D rubber ducky cake for my son’s first birthday. I tried it once using Wilton’s 3D Duck Pan, a cake mix and frosted it with homemade buttercream and dessicated coconut. So far it turned out alright though the cake was a little crumbly.

I do have a some qns though.

1) Would using a pound cake be better as the first time i baked it, the head cracked and fell off (lol) (managed to ‘glue’ it back with buttercream.)?
2) is it possible to fill the cake with a nice filling or should i just use mouselline frosting infused with some flavouring(coconut perhaps?)
3) what are the possible cake flavours and frosting to go with the dessicated coconut.

Thank you so much for your time and input smile

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Posted: 08 March 2009 08:02 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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coolwater, I’ll try to help with some of your questions, perhaps others will chime in with specific tips for those 3 D pans.

1. I wouldn’t think a pound cake is the way too go here, they rarely have as strong a structure as a layer cake.
2. I know professional bakers stack layers of cake/buttercream and then sculpt a shape, not sure about trying to torte the 3 D cake, though.  I’d be worried about the thin spots.
3. I like a yellow cake with coconut.  The Cake Bible has great scratch versions of a sour cream yellow cake, it is also listed on this blog.  The pineapple buttercream in that book might be lovely with the sour cream cake and the coconut (plus, it’s yellow, to go with your ducky).  Or, a cream cheese buttercream might also work.

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Posted: 08 March 2009 01:51 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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Welcome coolwater! I have made a 3D duck only once and I used the chocolate fudge cake recipe in the Cake Bible. It worked perfectly. I first tried a carrot cake recipe (one from Epicurious) but it didn’t rise well and when I separated the pans it was hollow on one side. Quite a sight…....lol… Like Julie I wouldn’t recommend trying to fill it with buttercream. It’s tricky (for me).

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Posted: 09 March 2009 03:18 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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just a quick tip, when using a butter based cake for 3D pans, i refrigerate the unmolded cake well before frosting, that way it is much stronger to handle.  once frosted, the buttercream will provide added support, too.

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Posted: 09 March 2009 11:47 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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hectorwong - 09 March 2009 06:18 AM

just a quick tip, when using a butter based cake for 3D pans, i refrigerate the unmolded cake well before frosting, that way it is much stronger to handle.  once frosted, the buttercream will provide added support, too.

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Posted: 09 March 2009 04:39 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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One more thing….......use cake strips or wrap the pan in wet paper towels and then in foil to prevent the outer edges from getting overdone (specially the beak in the case of the duck). I wrapped the whole pan when I did the duck cake for my daughter’s b’day. I find the paper towel and foil method easier b/c the strips are more challenging to wrap around (for me at least).

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Posted: 28 March 2009 01:57 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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Hi everyone,
thank you for the suggestions! i tried baking it again, this time using lemon butter cake. it was delicious and i made it a point not to take the pan out too early. At least the head didnt fall off this time! smile Will try to refrigerate it first before i ice it. now im thinking too add a rectangular cake under it or place the duck at one of the corners of the cake…i have too many guests and a cute duck wont be enough. perhaps cupcakes are a gd idea!

question:
do u think a chocolate flavoured cake, with buttercream icing goes well with dessicated coconut or is that such a weird combination?

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Posted: 31 March 2009 06:54 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]
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that’s one of my favorite cupcakes! and the contrasting color is great

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Posted: 31 March 2009 07:37 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 8 ]
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jen68 - 31 March 2009 09:54 PM

that’s one of my favorite cupcakes! and the contrasting color is great


Reminds me of the Bounty chocolate bars.

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