Perry the Platypus Cake
Leave it to the tri-state area's resident Platypus to find yet another way to go undercover -- this time as an eye-popping party cake.
- Pound cake
- Wax paper
- Cake board or serving tray
- Teal cake frosting
- Spatula or knife for frosting
- 3 graham crackers
- Package of orange Candy Melts
- Damp paper towel
- 2 white Candy Melts (or similar white candies) and two brown candies for eyes (such as M&Ms)
- 2 circus light orange marshmallow candies for Perry's back feet (such as Circus Peanuts)
- 2 teal soft candies (such as Airheads) for Perry's front legs
1. Working on a wax paper-covered cake board or tray, spread an initial coat of teal frosting on the carved cake, just thick enough to seal in the crumbs. Chill the cake for 30 minutes to harden the frosting.
2. Meanwhile, break one of the graham crackers in half and use a knife to carefully round the front edges, as shown. You'll use both of these to create a double-thick bill. Leave the other two graham crackers whole to use for the tail.
3. Melt about a third of the package or so of orange Candy Melts as directed on the package. Working on a sheet of wax paper, quickly spread a dab of the melted candy on the back of one of the tail crackers and stick the matching cracker to it to create a double-layered piece. Do the same with the bill crackers. Now spread the melted orange candy on the tops of the tail and bill, and give them a few minutes to set up. Melt more Candy Melts to spread on the flip sides of the crackers. When the final coating of candy sets up, score a crisscross pattern on the tail.
4. Create eyes by using a bit of frosting to stick a brown M&M's candy atop each of the white Candy Melts.
5. Spread a second coat of frosting on the cake. Use a damp paper towel to carefully wipe any excess frosting and crumbs from the wax paper around the perimeter of the cake. Then you can trim the paper close to the cake edge, if you like.
6. Set the candy-coated platypus bill in place at the front of the cake and gently push the straight end into the frosting. Place the tail upright at the back of the cake, pressing the base into the frosting. (Tip: If needed, you can use a circus peanut candy to prop the tail from behind.) Press the eyes into the icing at the front corners of the cake.
7. For each of Perry's webbed back feet, flatten a circus peanut candy with a rolling pin. Then slice the side that will go next to the cake at an angle, as shown.
8. Set the feet in place. Lastly, cut or shape the teal candies to resemble Perry's thin front legs and set them in place near the front of the cake.