Monday, March 19, 2012

baby shower duckie cake and cupcakes


To go along with the baby shower duckie and onesie cookies that I made a while back, I also made an 8-inch red velvet cake, one dozen chocolate cupcakes, and one dozen vanilla cupcakes.  For the red velvet, I used a recipe from Martha Stewart's "Cupcakes" book, except that I baked it in two 8-inch pans instead of making cupcakes.  Then for the filling, I whipped up a batch of cream cheese frosting and spread it onto the first layer of cake.


For the frosting, I made a batch of buttercream, and then added a stick of cream cheese to it at the end (this is my favorite frosting to use lately).  Then I tinted it lightly with sky blue coloring, to match the blue in the onesie cookies that I had made.


After first adding a "crumb coat" of frosting and letting that set in the fridge for a bit, I added another layer of frosting to the top only, and smoothed it out as well as I could with an offset spatula.  Then I piped on a basketweave design on the sides of the cake.


To finish off the basketweave design, I piped on a shell border around the top and the bottom of the cake.


Next I piped on a duckie using yellow frosting for the body, orange frosting for the beak, and brown frosting for the eyes.  I filled in the duckie body with a star tip, and used a #3 tip to pipe a swirly design for the wing.



The final touch was to pipe on a congratulations message with melted chocolate!


Since the cake would not be enough to serve the guests, I also baked one dozen chocolate cupcakes, and one dozen vanilla cupcakes.  I used the same piped basketweave design to cover half of them with blue frosting, and half of them with white frosting.  Then all of them were topped with a little piped yellow duckie, the same way I did the duckie cupcakes that I made a couple years ago.




I hope the happy parents-to-be enjoyed all of the goodies!


14 comments:

  1. OMG I really love this, you are so talented in making those baby shower cakes and cupcakes. Well done!

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  2. Your piping is unbelievable! I've never seen something so pretty and perfect. These cakes would be really great for Easter, too.

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  3. So cute!!!! And I bet the cake is delicious, too :)

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  4. Totally neat!Envy your piping skills!

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  5. Wow, you're really a master piper. I LOVE the little ducklings. What a super cute cake and cupcakes. That couple is really lucky to have had you make their baby shower goodies. :)

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  6. Greetings from Sweden! Googled on Hello Kitty cupcakes and ended up on your blog, and I'm hooked now. Your baking skills are just amazing, love everything you post.

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    1. @Helen Holmberg - thanks for such a lovely comment! :)

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    1. @photo baby shower invitations - thank you! :)

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    1. @Anonymous - haha, i wish! thanks for the support though :) i love that show!

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    1. haha, thanks for the info @Anonymous!

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