This weekend I got to make both a baby shower cake and some birthday cupcakes for a beach-theme party! The more complex one was the baby shower cake, my second (ever) stacked cake – with two tiers, for my girlfriend who is expecting Baby M in June. For stacked cakes, you have to use some kind of support structure or else the upper tiers will melt into the lower tiers – I used cut and sanded (and washed) dowel rods, five of them, to support the 6″ top tier on my 9″ bottom tier. First – here was the shower theme of stroller fun:
The expecting mama isn’t finding out the sex of Baby M, so I kept everything in line with the theme and gender neutral colors – yellow, orange, green, and black. Even adding the littlest amount of coloring to the fondant was giving me colors brighter than the official themed decor, so I just went with it. I started off with the topper – using a helpful tutorial on youtube – to make a baby stroller of gumpaste.
The rest of the decorations were fondant that I rolled out a few days prior. Gumpaste dries hard and provides a very stable decoration, whereas dried out fondant will crack. Now, I personally don’t really like the taste of fondant, so I haven’t yet tried covering a cake in fondant like they do in a lot of those fancy cake shows. This cake was Italian Meringue Buttercream with fondant decorations. I’m learning that my favorite frosting recipe is a “non-crusting” buttercream, meaning I can’t use the wax paper smoothing trick from the last post. It’s frustrating that I can either have a light and unsmooth/ugly frosting, or a overly sweet and smooth/pretty frosting – there must be a solution and I intend to figure it out someday! Anyways, here’s the finished product:
Last but not least, I leave you with the cupcakes I made for one of Justin’s friend’s birthday – complete with sharks, beach umbrellas, and tan babies (basically, they were on sale, so I figured why not throw in a baby or two with the sharks? dudes find stuff like that hilarious).