Igloo Cakes and Penguin Gum Drops

Hi, everyone! I've been percolating an idea about making little igloos. It's been on the back burner for a few months but it has finally come to fruition. I've had a few near misses also which we won't talk about here... lol

white snow and ice scene with gumdrop penguins

This is like a little world unto itself, isn't it? A little icy world full of snow and ice... and penguins.

white snow scene with igloos and gumdrop penguins

I started with a boxed white cake mix. I made the box mix according to directions and poured the batter into small bowls so that after the cakes come out of the oven and turned out from the bowls, they look like little igloos when turned upside down.

bowl cake for the cake igloos

Then they are frosted with WHITE frosting - not the creamy colored frosting.. the frosting that is pure white that you add colors to.

I used doughnuts to make the doorways to the igloos.. by cutting them in half.. and then frosting them also.

sugared doughnuts

It's snowing in this picture -- courtesy of PicMonkey. :) See the doughnut entrance way?

gumdrop penguins and a cake and doughnut igloo

Then there is the little paper flag on a tooth pick with the South Pole sign (penguins aren't at the North Pole, don't you know). :)

How to Make the Gumdrop Penguins

The little gumdrop penguins are made with 2 black gumdrops, a white gumdrop, and an orange gumdrop.

 I cut a bit off of the top of a black gumdrop and put another black gumdrop on top.  I cut some ovals off the white gumdrop and stuck them on the front of the bottom black gumdrop. You might have to cut some of the black gumdrop's chest areas so that the white slice of gumdrop will stick.

I cut a wedge off the orange gumdrop, cut a slice in the upper black gumdrop where the beak would be and pushed the orange "beak" into the hole. Now you have your little penguins.

 I cut some off of the bottom of one black gumdrop so that one of the penguins would be a bit shorter depicting a baby penguin (what's cuter than a baby penguin, I ask).

cake igloos with gumdrop penguins

White snow and cake igloos

I had lots of fun taking pictures also. I laid out a piece of polyester batting on the table and with various items made a backdrop also, sprinkling some glitter type material around to further the illusion of snow and ice. I placed the cakes right on the polyester. It's okay... it was clean. :)

This was great fun. If you don't feel like making the little cake igloos, maybe the kids - (big or small) might want to make the penguins. A few bags of gumdrops are so cheap.. then you get to eat the colored ones. :) You could make a whole FLOCK of penguins...

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  1. This is soooo cute! What a fun activity to do with the kids. i can even see it as a fun winter birthday party activity too! Pinning! ~Thea

  2. What a clever and fun project! It looks like the penguins are in a snowstorm!

    Crafty Journal

  3. I know some kids who will have a blast making these. Have pinned to my Kid's Fun board.

  4. I love your igloo and penguins. Pinned for the next little grand visit activity. :)

  5. That is so neat! I'll have to try that!

  6. Pinned it...so-o-o cute! Your pics have gotten phenomenal....any secrets?
    Hugs and Happy New Year

  7. How cute! I bet I could get the kids to eat black gumdrops!


  8. lol this is adorable! I love it! I can't look at it without smiling!

    Debbie @ One Little Project

  9. Oh my goodness, these little penguins are just the cutest!!!! What an adorable idea, they are so so cute!!!!

  10. Those penguins are so cute, I love them!

  11. Oh. My. Goodness. This is so incredibly adorable! I love these little igloos and penguins!!! I would love for you to share at our link party.


  12. These are so cute. They would be awesome projects for slightly older grade school holiday parties. Excellent idea!

  13. These penguins are adorable! I'm sharing via Pinterest and Google Plus. Stopping by via Family Fun Friday.

  14. These penguins are too cute! I'm sharing on Pinterest and Google Plus. Stopping by from Family Fun Friday

  15. So stinkin' cute! They would be darling on top of cupcakes. What a fun winter theme. Our readers are sure to love it too.
    We would love to have you join us at our weekly Super Saturday Link Party. It goes live tonight at 7 MST at www.madefrompinterest.net. It would be our honor to have you share your great work with us!

  16. That is too cute!! My kids would love to make an edible igloo. Last year we made snowmen out of rice krispie treats, maybe this year we'll make an igloo and penguins. Thanks for sharing via Family Fun Friday!

  17. These guys are so cute I just wanna eat them ;)

  18. Thank you so much for linking up to the Link It or Lump It Link Party! Your Igloo Cakes and Penguin Gum Drops are so adorable! We love it so much that one of my co-hosts has picked your project as a feature this week! Come on over and grab a button and link up again. http://www.twoityourself.com/2014/01/link-it-or-lump-it-party-20-plus.html

  19. These are so adorable! So glad I saw these on Show Stopper Saturday. Pinned :)

  20. Wow - this is so cute!! Thanks for linking up to Take it on Tuesday!!
    ~ Betsy @ Romance on a dime

  21. These are TOOOO cute! Thank you so much for bringing them to Treasure Box Tuesday! Tweeted! :)

  22. So cute!! My kid will love this!!!

  23. Oh my gosh, too cute! I am definitely pinning these little guys, and thanks for sharing at Creativity Unleashed!

  24. That is soooooo cute!!!! Love it :) Thanks for linking up to Freedom Fridays!

  25. oh my goodness
    these little chilly guys
    are just adorable
    and such a fun idea
    for a winter themed party

    would love for you to share
    at Fridays Unfolded!

    Nancherrow (formerly Stuff and Nonsense)

  26. This could not be more adorable!! Love it....thanks for sharing at Saturday Night Fever!

  27. Thanks so much for sharing them with Wednesday's Adorned From Above Link Party.
    Have a great week.
    Debi and Charly @ Adorned From Above

  28. OMG, this is beyond cute. It is adorable!!!!! How creative how you.....lots!!! Thanks for sharing this at Sunday's Best, I really do appreciate it!

  29. These little penguins are absolutely adorable! I picked them as one of my features at this week's Snickerdoodle Create Bake Make Link Party, which goes live tomorrow at 5pm EST.



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