For my son’s YMCA Indian Guides Holiday Bowling Party, I decided to make a Penguin cake that I saw online. I made a chocolate cake with oreo cookie filing. The decorated top was all edible with buttercream icing, fondant and ice cream sugar cones for the trees.
Here is the final cake as I put it together in the bowling alley.
To read how I put this together, view the full post.
To make the chocolate holiday cake, I began about 10 days before the party by making the fondant and shaping the penguins. To make the wings on the penguins, I used a small leaf cookie cutter. All other pieces of the penguin were hand shaped.
For the igloo entrance, I used paper rolls, ok, toilet paper rolls, for its shape. Cover the paper roll in parchment. Then, cover the paper roll with a piece of fondant. Cut fondant squares using a pizza cutter to create straight, even edges. Begin placing the squares on the paper roll, covering completely. Let dry for at least 4 days.
To bake the chocolate penguin party cakes. I used a 10 inch round pan for the base and half of a ball pan for the main igloo piece. In the middle of the base, I used oreo cookie filling. Making the filling was fun for the kids. We bought a package of Oreos and I let the kids mash them up. We then added the oreos to white buttercream.
Frost the 10 inch cake with white buttercream. Since the igloo can get heavey, I placed three wooden dowels in the 10 inch in the spot the igloo would go. Place the igloo cake on top and frosted that as well. To make the empty pond, I scooped out a little bit of cake then frosted the hole in the cake.
Next, I built the igloo by adding square fondant pieces all around the igloo. As you go up the igloo, the squares will have to be adjusting according to the shape of the igloo. Some might be more triangluar shaped, or have to be cut a little to completely cover the igloo.
To make the treees, I used sugar ice cream cones, I piped the trees using tip 16.
Finally, dust the cake and trees with a little powdered sugar for the snow.
The pond is filled with piping gel tinted blue. The fish is made of fondant.
Finally, at the bowling alley, I added all the penguins for the final holiday cake.