Just Ducky Tub Cake

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Tara Roussett of San Antonio, Texas, claims she's no baker, but you'd never guess that from the looks of the rubber ducky bathtub cake she created the night before her son Tyler's first birthday. Tara just happened to have corn-on-the-cob holders that resembled faucets. Here, the handles are made from marshmallows -- a more readily available, and edible, option. We just love the fact that if you touch the tops of the rubber duckies' heads, they'll bob in the jiggly Jell-O Jiggler water.

What you'll need

  • 2 3-ounce boxes of Berry Blue Jell-O gelatin
  • 2 9- by 13-inch cakes
  • 2 16-ounce tubs of white frosting
  • Licorice pipe
  • 2 large marshmallows and 8 mini marshmallows
  • Decorators' gel
  • 1 or 2 small rubber ducks

How to make it

  1. Just Ducky Tub Cake - Step 1

    Prepare both boxes of gelatin according to the Jiggler recipe on the packages. Pour the mixture into an 8-inch square pan and chill it. Halfway through the chilling time (about 45 to 50 minutes), whisk the gelatin vigorously to create ripples and bubbles, then let it finish chilling.

  2. Just Ducky Tub Cake - Step 2

    Stack the cakes, spreading a thin coating of icing between them. Trim the corners to create more of a rounded tub shape. Next, carve out a 1 1/2-inch-deep basin, using a knife to first outline it and a spoon to scoop out the cake. Leave a 2-inch-wide border around the sides and end of the tub and a slightly wider border where the faucets will go.

  3. Just Ducky Tub Cake - Step 3

    Frost the tub, including the walls but not the floor of the basin. Now, for a faucet, turn the licorice pipe upside down and insert the thin portion of the stem into the wall of the basin, as shown.

  4. For each faucet knob, use kitchen scissors to snip 4 V-shaped notches in the top of a regular-size marshmallow, then gently press a mini marshmallow into each notch, as shown. The freshly cut marshmallow surface will be sticky enough to keep the pieces in place. Place the knobs atop the cake and use decorators' gel to label them H and C and outline the bases.

  5. Spoon the Jiggler water into the basin and set the duck or ducks afloat.

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