Sam's mom wanted a simple chocolate cake for a small family party she was having for his second birthday. Then she mentioned that he was really into penguins, so we decided on a chocolate cake, chocolate buttercream, with a couple of gumpaste penguins and snowballs as decorations.
I searched on flickr for ideas, but nothing jumped out at me, so I did a little experimenting.
(the poor guy on the right ended up getting the boot)
Sam has an older brother, so I decided to make a whole family of penguins. His mom tells me that three have survived - the older brother ate the biggest one, but soon realized that although gumpaste is edible, it really doesn't taste very good!
(yes, those white things are supposed to be snowballs, not eggs, like my husband and son thought)
The birthday penguin and his party crown