I love online cake contests and win cool prizes or cash! This 3-D Penguin Cake is my most recent winning entry (although it only took 2nd place). The prize was a gift certificate to Fat Mumma's, an online environmentally-friendly clothing store. I chose the Beach Bag, which will be mailed from Australia and hopefully arrive next week! Perhaps I shall plan an occasion to use it. . .
Cake Details: I started with a few round layers (8"& 6") stacked together, and carved away slowly with a serrated knife to find the right penguin shape based on an online picture. The penguin is covered in black and white fondant, and the wings are black fondant also. I used little egg shaped cakes for the beak and feet, iced in buttercream. He is sitting on top of a 10" round single layer cake, decorated with the birthday inscription on the side and rainbow confetti/polka dots. It is finished with a bottom dot border. I heard later that the birthday boy loved it!