Sweet Pea Baby Shower Cake

Jenny wanted a cake for the baby shower she’s throwing for her brother in law and his girlfriend.  She gave me one of the invitations and it was a cute little baby sleeping in a pea pod.

At first I thought I’d make a cake shaped like a pea pod or something, but I looked at some cakes on Cake Central and didn’t see any that either a. Were cute or b. I thought I could make!  I did have a picture saved in my favorites of a cute onesie that a lady made, and I had been wanting to try making a cake similar to it.  So I asked Jenny if I could make a Onesie cake and put the pea pod on the onesie.  Jenny said Sure!  Thank goodness she’s willing to let me try new things!  So I started out by baking 2 9×13 cakes.  One was Devil’s food and one was German Chocolate.  I cute one side even on both cakes and lined them up.

Then I found a template on Cake Central for a onesie.  It’s the same one EmilyGrace messaged me that she had used.  I played around with it in paint and word until I got it the size I needed, then printed it out and taped wax paper onto one side.  I laid it on the cake and cut around it to get the Onesie shape for the cake.  Then I frosted the whole thing with green butter cream.  I forgot to take pictures along the way because I was so busy making it!  After the butter cream, I mixed some fondant with gel colors until I got a similar shade of green fondant.  I cut strips to make the seem on the onesie and used the little dotted line cutter to make it look like the stitching.  I also cut out a couple little circles and dusted them with silver luster dust to make them look like the snaps.

Then I mixed some more fondant colors and made a little design that looked like the invitations to put on the front of the onesies.  It turned out pretty cute.

Then when I looked at it some more, I decided it needed something on the pea pod, so I wrote “little sweet pea”.

I think overall it turned out pretty cute!  I learned a lot while doing it, the next one could be better, I’m sure!  But it was a cute first attempt.

June 11, 2010. Baby Shower Cakes, Cake. 1 comment.

Baby Shower Rocket Cake

Jenny asked if I would make a cake for a baby shower for her cousin.  I said sure! because it gave me an excuse to do some more decorating!  The shower has a space theme and I was a little unsure how to work that into a baby shower!  But I went to my trusty old Wilton webpage and found the “Incredible Voyage” cake.  I visited Michael’s again to buy a football cake pan and some other things.  The day before the party I baked the football.

I also made some stars out of fondant because I had an idea to add some cupcakes to the design.

Once the cake cooled, I frosted the whole thing in blue icing and started marking off lines for where I needed the door and windows to be.  Also added the rocket supports at the bottom.

Then I added the details

and the fire and smoke at the bottom

I made a little baby face with fondant and added him to the window.

Then finished it off with some star cupcakes.

Jenny just picked it up this morning to take to the shower today.  I hope everyone enjoys it!

June 5, 2010. Baby Shower Cakes, Cupcakes. 1 comment.

Luke’s 1st Birthday 2010

Sam and Jenny told me Luke liked his rubber ducky, so I wanted to make a rubber ducky cake for his first birthday.  I looked for ideas on Wilton’s page and found “Bathtime’s just ducky” and knew that was the one.  Instead of buying sugar ducks for decorations, I thought I would try making ducks from a candy mold.  I wanted to do some cupcakes to go with the cake and I thought the candy ducks would go on them really good.  About a week before the party I went to Michael’s and bought all the supplies… fondant, fondant tools, candy molds, candy melts, frosting, a duck mold pan, etc.  A few days before the party I had to make the bar of soap out of fondant.  It turned out so cute, I couldn’t believe it!

Then a couple days before the party I started making the duck candies.  I had never made molded candy before, but it was actually really easy and fun.  I just heated the candy melts, then used a tiny paint brush to paint in the beak and eye, then filled the rest with yellow.  They turned out really cute and looked just like the picture on the mold!

The day before the party I made the cakes.  I made a 13×9 devil’s food cake and a 13×9 vanilla cake.  I cut them both into an oval shape and put raspberry filling between.

Then I iced them with buttercream and started working on the fondant.

I figured out how much fondant I thought it would take to cover the cake and started mixing in blue food color gel to get the blue color.

I mixed and mixed and mixed… and wished I could stop at the tie-dyed color above.  Finally I got a solid blue color.

Then I rolled it out and put it on the cake.  I’m still not great at getting the sides smooth, but it came out pretty good.

Then I started putting on the rows of fondant for the water.

At this point, the fondant cake was done until the day of the party.  Then I worked on making the cupcakes.  They were chai cupcakes.

I also baked the duck cake (just a basic yellow cake) and let it sit over night before decorating on the day of the party.

On the day of the party I had to make a whole bunch of fondant bubbles…

I also started frosting the duck…

It was hard to get the duck on the cake… I thought it was going to fall over.  I ended up propping some of the fondant bubbles around him in the hopes of keeping him upright until the party!  Let me tell you, the ride to the party with Shawn holding the cake was no fun!

Here’s the finished product:

By the time it was done, I could not believe that I had made this cake!  It turned out so cute!  I enjoyed working with the fondant, and look forward to my next fondant cake.  I think I like it because I’m not so great and piping and making straight lines, and with fondant you cut things out and they look so precise and clean.

June 5, 2010. Tags: . Baby Shower Cakes, Cupcakes, Fondant. 1 comment.

Heather’s Baby shower 2009

Made another round of baby rattle cupcakes and baby buggy cake for Heather’s baby shower.

When I was done, I had lots of extra frosting so I did ANOTHER practice cake:

June 4, 2010. Baby Shower Cakes, Cupcakes. Leave a comment.