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Baby Shower Cake September 24, 2009

This past weekend hubs and I attended a baby shower for his co-worker, whose wife is pregnant with their first baby! (It’s a Boy!)


The co-workers put together this adorable shower at the father-to-be’s uncle’s restaurant and we had a great time.  The restaurant served us some GREAT Dominican appetizers and the parents-to-be got many wonderful gifts including the baby’s crib.

Hubs asked if I would mind making the cake for the shower and I said I’d love to!!! His co-worker sent me a napkin with the design she was using through the shower and so I took my ideas from that.  I created a lion, giraffe, and a hippo- I wanted them to match the napkin’s characters as closely as possible.



I made the leaves and animals out of fondant that was kneaded with Tyclose powder.  After some research I found that the Tyclose powder would make the fondant hard to ensure my shapes didn’t sag or lose their form.

My original plan was to cover the entire cake in fondant but I rolled it way too thin, plus my frosting hadn’t crusted and it just created a giant mess (I was on a little bit of a time crunch).  So I had to toss over a pound of fondant away 😦 I knew I could cover it pretty smoothly with buttercream so I went that route to ensure I didn’t mess up again and had the cake done on time.

The bottom tier (8″) was Dulce De Leche cake (as seen previously in my blog, here).  This was by far the crowds favorite 🙂 I got so many compliments and I must say it’s also one of my personal faves.

The top tier (6″) was Hershey’s Perfectly Chocolate Cake (also seen previously in my blog, here).  I filled it with Molly Jean’s Cheesecake Filling.  It was mega mega YUMMY!! A great and tasty combo for sure!

While it wasn’t perfect as per my standards I received so many wonderful comments regarding the cake.  The dad-to-be kept gushing on how nice the cake was 🙂 I’m so glad the parents-to-be and the crowd loved the cake! 🙂  It’s a wonderful feeling to receive compliments on something you worked hard on.


9 Responses to “Baby Shower Cake”

  1. mkwgymnast Says:

    that is absolutely freakin adorable! nice job.

  2. Jade Says:

    You did an amazing job!! It is beautiful. I am so glad the parents-to-be loved it.

  3. Jessica Says:

    Awesome job! I think it looks great. I know you’re sad about tossing the fondant, but I your butter cream looks great. And lets face it, butter cream tastes so much better anyway! The butter cream was actually the first thing I noticed in the picture and I thought to myself “I like seeing butter cream decorated cakes” 🙂

  4. Niki Says:

    I love this! you did a GREAT job!

  5. Meg Says:

    That is unbelievable good! I wish I could make something like that.

  6. apinchofthisandthat Says:

    Adorable and what a great job!!

  7. Teri Says:

    Vanessa, you are AMAZING. This cake is simply perfect! You are so talented, detail-oriented, and creative – please start a company!

  8. Erin Says:

    You are so talented! The cake looks GREAT!

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