Carters Bedding-Inspired Baby Shower Cake

In our last blog post, we talked about creating edible figures to go on an out-of-state cake.  It’s a way for us to still be involved in the birthday party since we can’t ship an entire birthday cake.  Now we’ve got another solution!

Hold your party here!  That’s what Gail did!  They held a baby shower in Seminole, FL so they were able to pick up the cake on the way.  Yay!

"Welcome Sweet Alyssa" A baby shower cake that was inspired by the bedding the Mommy-to-be chose for the nursery.

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Diaper Bag Baby Shower Cake

Last weekend, Adam’s mom threw us another baby shower! There were so many people there to talk to and so much good food to eat that I didn’t take a single photo at the shower. Whoops! I can’t believe it! So I have no new baby bump photos to share with you, but I do have a gazillion photos of the cake!

It’s the first official cake for Mikaela from Mommy! In other words, I made it. I spent almost all day Friday working on it because I wanted it to be just perfect for her.

The cake itself was shaped like a giant diaper bag and had a layer of chocolate cake, a layer of vanilla cake, and guava filling. The baby shower was held at Cafe Nuevo in Tampa (yum!) so I thought it was appropriate to have guava filling.

diaper bag baby shower cake edible baby shoes teether rattle
diaper bag baby shower cake edible baby shoes teether rattle
diaper bag baby shower cake edible baby shoes teether rattle
I made a tag for the bag and wrote “Mikaela” on it so it looked like we were ready to drop her off at day care. Although, I don’t know if she’ll ever go to day care with 2 sets of grandparents dying to babysit. *wink*

diaper bag baby shower cake edible baby shoes teether rattle
And I made a couple of pairs of shoes using cutters from Cakes N’Supplies by Ximena. Love them! I made these late at night on Thursday so they came out a little sloppier than I’d hoped…I think my eyes had started going cross-eyed…but the cake wouldn’t have been complete without them! In fact, Taylor, who came over to help me deliver the garbage truck cake & cookies, helped me by making the buttons and cutting out the Converse logos. Perfectly done!

diaper bag baby shower cake edible baby shoes teether rattle
Then I made a key teether set using another cutter from Cakes N’Supplies by Ximena. So cute! And I had to make some safety pins to represent the fact that we’re going to use cloth diapers for Mikaela.

diaper bag baby shower cake edible baby shoes teether rattle
And after we finished putting all the accessories on the board, Taylor and I noticed a blank spot towards the back. Oh no! That will not do! But Taylor came to the rescue and made this adorable baby rattle to fill the spot!

diaper bag baby shower cake edible baby shoes teether rattle
My due date is only 7 weeks away now and we can’t wait to meet Mikaela!

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Hershey’s Baking Pack Giveaway!

Let’s start off the new year right…with a Hershey’s giveaway!

If you recall, in December I was given the opportunity to interview Linda Stahl, the baking authority, at Hershey’s Test Kitchens. To accompany the interview, they sent me an awesome gift package to give away to one of you!

Here’s what’s included:

Reese’s Peanut Butter Chips

Hershey’s Milk Chocolate Kisses

Heath Bits ‘O Brickle Toffee Bits

Hershey’s Natural Unsweetened Cocoa Powder

Hershey’s Milk Chocolate Chips

And an adorable chocolate-colored Hershey’s apron!

Click on over to my previous post about cookie exchanges for tips/hints and the Linda Stahl interview. But be sure to leave a comment here to enter for a chance to win the Hershey’s gift pack!

Official Rules: For a chance to win, leave a comment telling me what your favorite cookie to munch on this holiday season was. Note: This part is mandatory and must be completed before extra entries can be awarded.

Extra entries:
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1 entry – Add the Cake Walk button to your blog.
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1 entry – Retweet the giveaway. (You can do this 2 times/day; leave a comment here each time.)
3 entries – Make a post about this giveaway on your own blog. (leave 3 comments here to get credit.)

Leave one comment per entry please. If you already do any of the above, please say so in a comment to get credit for the extra entry. This contest is open to adult US residents only. The giveaway will end Friday, January 14, 2011 at midnight eastern time. Good luck!

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Brooch Wedding Cakes

I didn’t decorate these cakes, I had to share them with you. Both cakes were iced with white or ivory buttercream and decorated with the quilting effect.

But what really makes these cakes stand out are the decorative brooches. They were purchased by the brides at Steinmart for about $12 a piece. They add such a nice touch of glamor and glitz to what could have been a very plain cake. Don’t you just love them?


This first cake was decorated by Judy King, a contract decorator at Ms Debbie’s Sugar Art.


And this chocolate brown one was decorated by Debbie herself!

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December – Chocolate with a Twist

For my entry into Iron Cupcake: Earth, I wanted something that my husband and I would both love. He loves mojitos and we both love chocolate so I thought – what could be better than a chocolate mojito?!?! When I told him about the idea, he was skeptical (to put it lightly) but after tasting the cupcake, I had definitely won him over! It’s a refreshing chocolate cupcake with hints of lime and mint, topped with a lime- and rum-flavored frosting. Try it yourself – it’s the perfect dessert for dinner parties, Girls’ Night Out, bridal showers, etc! It tastes just like a mojito – it’ll blow your mind!


Chocolate Mojito Cupcake Recipe

Cake:
4 oz. semisweet chocolate
4 oz. bittersweet chocolate
1/2 c. (1 stick) butter, at room temperature
2 c. packed brown sugar
3 eggs
2 Tbsp. lime juice
2 tsp. dark rum
2 1/4 c. flour
2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. cinnamon
zest of 1 lime
1/2 c. milk
2 t. mint, chopped finely
1 c. boiling water

Icing:
1 1/2 c. powdered sugar
3 Tbsp. butter, at room temperature
zest of 1/2 lime
1/2 shot of rum

1. Melt chocolates in microwave and let cool.
2. Beat butter on medium speed until creamy. Add sugar, beating until light and fluffy. Add eggs. Stir in melted chocolate, lime juice, and dark rum.
3. Meanwhile, heat milk and mint in a small saucpan over medium-low to medium heat. Bring to a boil and remove from heat. Allow to steep 5 minutes. Drain milk, and add more cold milk if necessary to bring total volume up to 1/2 cup.
4. Sift together flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and lime zest. Add to butter mixture alternately with mint-infused milk. Stir in 1 c. boiling water.
5. Pour into greased or paper cup-lined muffin pans and bake at 350oF for 10-12 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out with only a few crumbs.
6. Allow the cupcakes to cool 1 minute in pans and then cool completely on wire racks. When cupcakes are completely cool, top with frosting and serve. (To make the icing, blend all ingredients on low to medium speed until smooth.)

Notes: I was a little conservative with the rum in my icing. You could easily increase the amount of rum in the icing to one full shot, or even more, if you feel adventurous!

Voting will take place December 29th through January 2nd at No One Puts a Cupcake in a Corner.

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