How to Make a Duck Cake

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This cake was for the boyfriend of a girl I work with. He's a duck hunter and she asked me to make this specific duck, the hooded merganzer, and also his camo-shotgun. The cake is red velvet, the icing is cream cheese frosting (also this for the filling), the duck is Rice Krispie® treats covered in fondant and the gun is several plastic cake supports covered in fondant.

This Instructable is for the cake/duck. I didn't get photos of the making of the gun.

This was my first time to make a duck/bird and was worried about how to do the feathers. I ended up making different types of feathers on the duck in different ways and I'm happy with the results for my first feathers. I really got into making the duck and was in "the zone" and it was so fun! I got some good ideas of how to make better feathers the next time I make a bird or need feathers. :)

Here's a list of general supplies I used to make the cake:

• Cake pans for baking the cakes. I used a quarter sheet pan.
• General cake decorating supplies: Mixer, spatulas, turn-table, carving/clay/fondant/gumpaste tools, matt to roll fondant on, fondant rolling pin, gel food colors, knife, cake leveler, toothpicks, food-safe paintbrushes, small containers to mix food color "paints" in, tape, cake support dowels, etc.
• Ingredients to make cakes, icing, fondant and liquid to mix food colors with (you will mix the food colorings with something like vodka or clear extract, not water.)

I made a single quater sheet cake to be used as the "water" and a double batch of Rice Krispie® treats to make the duck.
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BuffDarlin26 days ago

Totally AWESOME!

jgarcia761 year ago
this is true talent!!
Faha1 year ago
This cake is absolutely wonderful work of art. All that time you put into it! Wow. Great job. :)
tchitwood (author)  Faha1 year ago
Thank you!!! I never thought I'd enjoy making a duck so much but I did!
If you have some time to waste, search google images for the mandarin duck. Wish my wife was a cake artist like you. ;)
tchitwood (author)  ThatKnottyguy1 year ago
Oh wow, the mandarin duck is beautiful!!! I'd love to try to make one of those, thank you for the suggestion to look it up!
As A Waterfowler I absolutely LOVE THIS! Great detail on the bird! 5 stars! Congrats on winning! You deserved first prize!
tchitwood (author)  ThatKnottyguy1 year ago
Thank you so much!!! That makes me happy :) I'm just happy I got 3rd place, working full time now and trying to fit in cake making and didn't have time to make anything new. I really loved making the duck though! Was my first time and I really got into it and think they are beautiful.
canida1 year ago
Wow, fabulous as always! Your merganzer is gorgeous.
tchitwood (author)  canida1 year ago
Thank you so much!!!
Truly Amazing! Yes, I did vote for you. You easily deserved the vote! Looking forward to seeing more from you. Truly a professional grade cake.
tchitwood (author)  burnerjack011 year ago
Thank you so much!!! Hoping to publish some new Instructables in the next couple months!
mygibzone1 year ago
Very beautiful! Love all the detailing!
tchitwood (author)  mygibzone1 year ago
Thank you!!! I tend to get lost in the detailing when I'm really into it, I think that's my favorite part!
poofrabbit1 year ago
So awesome and so realistic! Did anyone eat the bird? Man I'm not sure I be able to eat such fantastic art!
tchitwood (author)  poofrabbit1 year ago
Thank you!! Yes, they did eat the bird :) I heard it was yummy!
That is crazy! Very realistic looking duck cake!
tchitwood (author)  Penolopy Bulnick1 year ago
Thank you so much! :)
Another fantastic cake!
tchitwood (author)  mrscoloradogal1 year ago
Thank you! Finally got around to making the Instructable. :)
Another fantastic cake!

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