Saturday, March 10, 2007

City Baby Shower Cake

This cake was made for a baby shower. Two cakes were made, this was the main one. It's a red velvet cake with vanilla bc. It's decorated to look like the pattern and scheme of the baby's nursery.

To make the cars and the buidings I used white chocolate candy melts. I originally wanted to blow the picture that was sent to me up and trace each car. However, our printer was out of ink so I had to free-hand them. I was pretty happy with the outcome considering the picture was so small. They look exactly as they do on the print in the nursery. I colored a bunch of candy melts in different colors and then traced each car that had a piece of wax paper on top of it. Once those were done, the hard part was over.

The name was shaped out of home-made marshmallow fondant. I wanted the name to have a whimsical feel to it, so I made a batch of fondant and shaped it out 5 days ahead of time. (To give it time to dry) Apparently that was not long enough because the "J" broke on me a few times, as did the "K." I ended up having to use toothpicks through the centers and through the cake in order to keep it all together. The moon was made from marshmallow fondant as well and I used a piece of wire to hold it up. The toothpicks and the wire were the only non-edible pieces on this cake.

The only other problem I had with this cake came from one of the building pieces. It snapped in half after I set it in place. I had to "glue" it back together with some more melted chocolate and then reinforce it from behind with some royal icing.

I'm pretty sure everyone was happy with the cake, I had a lot of fun doing it!!

(the second cake was a small six inch, white cake with strawberries in the middle. it was decorated with the same colors)