Triplet Penguins Birthday Cake

I made this triplet penguins birthday cake for a set of triplets – 2 boys and a girl - for their 8th birthday. This cake was designed based on image provided by the mother (click here to see the original image from Pink Cake Box which inspired this cake) . I modified the design to cater to my customer’s request to have the cake design modified for a set of triplets. The original cake by Pink Cake Box had one large penguin topper and was a topsy turvy cake. Mine however, was a normal 3 tier cake and had additional 2 penguins as toppers and also 2 snowmen at the base of the cake.
Triplet Penguins Birthday Cake

I really loved the way the cake turned out. And I really had fun a lot of fun making it too. It was fairly easy to decorate as I prepared all the toppers and the bow ahead of time.

 

Triplet Penguins Birthday Cake Decorating Guide

These were the main supplies I used to make this cake:

  • Cake – this was a 3 tier cake measuring 6 inches, 8 inches and 10 inches in diameter. Each tier was approximately 4 inches high.
  • Buttercream – I used buttercream to fill the tiers as well as to crumb coat them before covering with fondant.
  • Wire – I used white 18 gauge floral wire for the snowflakes toppers that were protruding out from the sides of the cake.
  • CMC powder – This powder was added in small quantities to fondant when making 3d figurines and shapes. CMC helps the fondant set harder hence making sure the fondant does not loose shape.
  • Fondant extruder tool – I used this to pipe out the border for the fondant plaques that held the triplet’s names on the sides of the cake.
  • Pizza cutter wheel – This was used to throughout the cake decorating process, but was particularly used to cut the white melted dripping snow fondant piece on the blue and pink tiers of the cake.
  • Edible glitter – this was used to decorate the cut out snowflakes that were on wire around the cake.
  • Round plunger cutters – I used this cutter to cut out the white polka dots on the blue and pink cake tiers.
  • Flower plunger cutter – I used a medium sized flower cutter for the tiny flower on the one of the penguin toppers.
  • Snowflakes cookie cutters – this was for the wired snowflakes as well as the snowflakes that were attached to the sides of the middle cake tier.
  • Lollipop sticks – these were used to insert all the wired snowflakes so that there is not direct contact of the wires in the cake.
  • Medium sized round piping tip – This was used to cut out the small white parts of the penguins’ eyes.


And this was how I put the cake together:

  • I started by preparing the fondant figures first, i.e. the penguin toppers, the snowmen, the snowflakes, the ribbon bow and the number ‘8’ topper.
  • The penguins and snowmen were formed by hand and were not wired. To make the penguins, I used black fondant that has been added CMC. I formed the bodies and the heads separately and attached them together with fondant glue. And then I rolled some white fondant and cut out the white sections of the faces and bodies. The black of the eyes were cut out using my oval plunger cutter and the center whites were cut using one of my medium sized round piping tips. I then added the beaks and feet in yellow and hands in black fondant.
Triplet Penguins Birthday Cake
  • For the hats, I used black fondant, shaped the top of the hats and attached them to the round black cut outs. I let these set and harden before attaching them to the penguins with fondant glue.
  • For the scarfs, I cut out long strips of blue and pink fondant and used my sugar craft knife to make short snips on the both ends of the scarf. For the penguin with the pink scarf, I put a small pink flower on the head and while one of the other penguins had a small fondant balloon on one hand. The balloon was shaped in fondant and attached to a white floral wire.
  • The snowmen were also pretty straightforward. I shaped them in white fondant that has been added CMC. Both were also wearing scarfs and hats like the penguins and had yellow nose and black eyes and buttons.
  • As for the snowflakes, these were cut out using my snowflakes cookie cutters and attached a long wire each. Before inserting the wires into the fondant snowflakes, I dipped the tips of the wire into fondant glue to make sure they are totally secured to the fondant. And I let these set and harden in a horizontal position until the rest of the cake was ready. I also added some glitter to the snowflakes and these were attached using fondant glue.
  • The large pink bow on the side of the second tier was also made in advance. And similar to the rest of the figures above, I added CMC to the pink fondant that was used to make the bow. I prepared the loops of the bow separately and let them set and harden before assembling them into a bow on the side of the cake. You can refer to the tutorial I have here on how to make a fondant loop bow. The steps are similar except for the size of the loops which need to be cut in larger size.
Triplet Penguins Birthday Cake


  • Next was the number ‘8’ topper. I shaped this by hand too. I rolled a long piece of grey fondant and guided it into a number ‘8’. I inserted 2 pieces of curved wire (that has been brushed lightly with fondant glue) to the bottom of the number and twisted the bottom ends together which I then used to poke the number into the cake.
  • As for the cake itself, once baked and cooled, I leveled and filled each tier with buttercream. I used the same buttercream to crumb coat the tiers as well. And then I covered the tiers in fondant – blue for the bottom tier, grey for the middle tier and pink for the top tier.  For the blue and pink tiers, I added a layer of white fondant that looked like melted dripping snow. And then I stacked all the 3 tiers together.
  • Next, I added the names of the triplets on the cake. I used my FMM letter cutter and cut out the names in pink, grey and blue. I attached the names onto white fondant plaques that have been cut using a plaque cutter. I then attached the plaques onto the sides of the cake and added a border around them in the same color as the color of the letters on them. These were attached with shortening.
Triplet Penguins Birthday Cake


  • After that, I added the white polka dots (cut using my round plunger cutter) to the pink and blue tiers. For the grey tier, I had white fondant snowflakes attached to it.
  • Following that, I assembled the ribbon bow on the side of the second tier. Since the bow was large, it was a bit tricky to get it to stay in place while the glue that was holding it dried. I used a satin ribbon tied around the tier to hold the ribbon in place.
Triplet Penguins Birthday Cake


  • Next to go on the cake were the large fondant balls border. I shaped these by hand and they were attached to the side of the cake with fondant glue in random order of the colors.
  • Finally, I attached the penguins, snowmen, snowflakes and the number 8 topper on the cake before adding the ‘Happy Birthday’ lettering on the cake board.

And that was how I decorated this triplet penguins birthday cake.


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