Baby Bum Cake

photo 2 (4)So my cousins Brandy and Steve just had their third baby (yikes)…and he decided to make an appearance like eight weeks early! (double yikes).  So of course, the little guy had to stay in the hospital for a few weeks until he was tough enough to face the world.  My Aunt Michelle asked me to make a cake in honor of his arrival home.  And, of course…I couldn’t say no…I mean, it’s a cake..and I get to make it, there’s no question.  But then she specified what find of cake she wanted, and I panicked slightly.  She wanted a cake with a little baby bum and baby feet poking out from under a blanket.  And I was all, “Hmm…no it cant be done I’m too much of a novice.”  But I did some research and pulled out my best You Tube and Googling skills, and of course I couldn’t help but try it.  “Challenge Accepted.”  I found a bunch of picture how toos all over the place, and that’s when I realized that while this would probably be a little tough, it wouldn’t be super impossible to do.  The hardest part was the feet, but even then I didn’t really have any major problems.  So lets start with the lessons learned from my last cake.  I have been having trouble covering my cakes because my cake frosting techniques aren’t quite stellar yet.  This time, I really tried to make an efforts to frost my cake as close to perfect as I could get it.  I made the frosting alot thinner than I usually do, and that REALLY helped.  Another thing I found really helped is the way I covered my cake with fondant. I usually put the cake directly on a cake board and cover it on there, and then cut the extra pieces off with my pizza cutter.  This time I put the cake on a cake circle, and to cover it I put it on top of a large can of tomatoes (it doesn’t hav eot be tomatoes…i can be beans, peas, potatoes…hehe.) and draped the fondant over the cake.  The can allowed me to see how much of the excess fondant I was cutting off, it didn’t pull as much so I had zero rips to repair, and i had a much neater edge.  Since the cake circle was raised I was able to push the fondant edge under the cake circle slightly, creating a cleaner finish.  I was very happy with the brightness of the colours too, since this was an issue I had with my last cake.  Another thing I enjoyed about this cake was that I took the time to cover the cake board.  I hate the tinfoil look that most cake boards have, so covering the board in fondant really added to the overall look of the cake.

The cake was three layers: two layers of chocolate and vanilla in the center.  I took alot of care when covering my cake this time around, and I think it really paid off.  This is probably the best job I’ve ever done (so far).  The baby bum part of the cake is actually a full other cake.  I found a 3D soccer ball cake mold and filled one half with vanilla cake mix.  The instructions said to bake it for 25-30 minutes…. but it took almost 40 for this cake to cook all the way through! I almost chucked it initially because I thought I had put too much mix in the mold.  The cake was decorated with different sized polka dots (the small and medium wilton circle fondant cutters) and with a bow-tie style bow.  I know I posted a tutorial for this type of bow last cake, but I enjoy this one a little more.  It adds more detail to the center tie, making it look more realistic.  You can find it on the CakeSuppliesPlus YouTube channel.

I first covered the cake board.  Roll out your fondant as you would if you were covering a cake.  Ensure it’s big enough.  Use piping gel to stick the fondant to the board.  You can also use water, but I’ve used both and I find the gel works the best.

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Stack and frost the cakes.  Make icing as thin as possible.  This will help to keep the edges smooth, making it easier to cover in fondant.

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Next, I took the little sphere shaped cake I made and covered it in buttercream.  Then, I covered it in fondant.  I made it look similar to a diaper, so it would really look like a baby bum wearing a diaper.  I found having the mini cake on top of the bigger cake was more cost efficient than using a bunch of fondant to try and mold a big blob into a diaper.

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Then, I covered the main, larger cake in fondant and created the bow using half gum paste, half fondant, so that it would harden faster.  I applied the bow and a 1 inch ribbon strip around the cake.  I added the polka dots in a lighter blue.

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I was pretty lost with the legs and feet.  I found a website with a pretty decent tutorial so I used alot of the tips from this site for the toes, feet, and legs.

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I placed the bum and legs on the main cake and secured it using buttercream, as the gum paste glue that I used last cake destroyed too much of the fondant once the top layer was removed.  The blanket was created by rolling out fondant, and then by using a fondant embosser to create the shooting star design.  I glued sugar pearls to the edge and then placed it on top of the bum.  I used gum paste glue to secure it.

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This is my favourite cake so far (yes I know I say that every time but really, this is my favourite).  I love the concept, and it looks quite detailed and complicated for something that turned out to be rather simple.  I think I just love baby themed cakes…they’re all cute with adorable colours and polka dots and ribbons and bows.  I think that what I loved most about this cake was the fact that I did a really great job icing the cake and covering it with fondant.  I feel like it looks very well done (and of course I love the baby feet…I enjoy how realistic I was able to make them).

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After doing this cake I realized how awful I am with icing!  The “Welcome Home Lincoln” that I piped on the cake board was literally the hardest thing I had to do on this cake.  I’m thinking that I may take another Wilton cake decorating class in the late spring, most likely class 1 or 2 so I can learn how to work with icing a little better.  Anyways, I had tons of fun doing this cake…I am currently working on an XBOX cake with a minecraft theme, and I can’t wait to see how that turns out.  And no, I have not forgotten the chocolate chip cookie fight.  I will post cookie number four later this week. Happy Baking!

Zebra Print Cake

So this week, instead of the usual dozen or two of cupcakes, I decided to focus on a cake! I graduated (yes graduated – there’s a certificate and everything, and it’s signed so you know it’s legit) from my Wilton cake decorating class, and for my Master cake I created a zebra print cake with a hot pink fondant bow and ball border.  My masterpiece was a 2 layer 9 inch cake, one layer was chocolate and the other french vanilla (sorry to disappoint but they were totally box cakes – scratch would have been too much and apparently doesn’t turn out as nice).  This is the third cake that I’ve ever made, and I must say it’s my favourite one so far.  This week, rather than cupcakes, I will again be focusing on creating a cake….I love February! So far I have 3 birthday cakes! My aunt loved the zebra print for her 50th…stay tuned for a NASCAR cake for my hunny’s dad!

Step one was to make the bow.  You can find the tutorial for creating fondant bows here.

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Then, after baking my cake and coating it with a layer of buttercream, I covered it with fondant.  Let me tell you, for some reason I had the worst. time. ever. baking this cake.  First, I’m stupid, and thought hmmmmmm. I wonder what would happen if I put the entire cake batter into one, nine inch pan.  Would that work? Of course… So ya I tried it.  It does not work.  Never do this. Ever.  The sides will burn and the inside will not cook.  Like at all.  Any idiot could have googled this.  But nope. I decided to try it out without any research…and it blew up in my face.  That’s the novice baker in me coming out.  Yikes.  So.  I learned my lesson, and tossed the cake, and decided to make a new one.  The second cake I made was properly separated into two individual nine inch pans. Yay Kelsey! Ou, except for some reason, once the cake was cooled, when I popped it out of the pan it just did not want to go….well, half of it didn’t.  So the cake split in half.  I was so angry.  One of the cakes turned out fine though.  Riddle me that my friends.  Anyways, hence the reason why one layer is chocolate and the other vanilla.  But no matter it tasted great.

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After covering the cake with fondant, I made the zebra stripes.  Tip:  BUY PRE-DYED BLACK FONDANT.  I kid you not my friends dying it black takes a lot of time, dye, and messy hands.  I rolled out the fondant as thin a possible, used my ribbon cutter to cut out 1-inch thick strips, and then cut those into triangle like strips.  I then glued them on the cake in an alternating pattern.

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I placed the bow on top, and then created the ball border.  Basically the border is fondant balls glued on to the edge of the cake.  I used a medium sized Wilton circle cutout to cut out a bunch of circles of the same size.  I cut those in half and then rolled each half into a ball.

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And there you have it!  My Aunty was so happy she cried.  I’m so proud. Happy decorating!  FYI – If you want a cake done I will be happy to make it for you so I can have more additions to my portfolio, and I will only charge you cost.  Keep that in mind if you live in my area!

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