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STEP 1: MAKE CAKE AND ICING
Grease and flour the cake pan and bake according to the box directions or our Vanilla Cake Recipe. Once cool, wrap the cake in plastic wrap and place in the freezer for 1/2 hour or so for the cake to firm up before icing it.
Prepare 1 1/2 batch of Brenda's Bakery Buttercream and tint two cups light yellow for piping.
STEP 2: CRUMBCOAT AND ICE CAKE
Remove the cake from the freezer and ice a thin crumb coat to seal in any crumbs. Next, ice the cake in a normal layer of buttercream, maintaining the shape of the onesie as best possible. Let the cake sit out for 1/2- 1 hour until the surface gets slightly crispy before starting the paper towel technique.
Next, use a paper towel (the side with no pattern) to smooth the cake by gently laying it on the surface of the cake and rubbing it with your hand. This should smooth out the spatula marks and will leave a very slight texture from the towel which looks like fabric.
Once smooth, use a toothpick to trace where yellow piping should go. Use your pan as a guide.
Pipe the trim in yellow using a comb tip. We used a #48 comb/flat piping tip.
STEP 3: MAKE FONDANT DUCKIE
Knead 2 oz. of fondant with your hands until smooth and wrinkle free. Push the blob of fondant into the duckie mold cavity and then flatten the back of it with your fingers. The back of the fondant will extend beyond the edge of the mold.
Remove the duck by gently tugging at the edges of the excess fondant until it comes out. Then, use an x-acto knife or pairing knife to cut around the duck to remove the excess fondant.
Thin some orange and blue food coloring with a little water or alcohol and add some color to the duck's beak, cheeks and eyes. Test your color on some extra fondant before painting your duck. Place the duck on the cake using a little dab of buttercream to adhere.
STEP 4: FINISH WITH POLKA DOTS
Roll some yellow fondant 1/4 - 1/8" thick. Use a piping tip to cut out polka dots. Pop the fondant out of the tip by poking through the tip with a toothpick. Use a tiny bit of buttercream to adhere the dots. Voila! You're done!