Tuesday, February 12, 2013

sweet pea baby shower cake


Our good friends Cindy and Kai (the same couple who I made wedding cupcake pops for a couple of years ago) were going to have a large co-ed baby shower, and asked me to make a small cake for the dessert table.  The cake would not be intended to feed the guests, rather it would just be a little cake just for Cindy and Kai to enjoy together afterwards.  They mentioned that the colors would be yellow and green, and that they would like a "sweet pea" theme, so I set out to make them a little 6-inch sweet pea baby shower cake!


For the filling, I decided on freshly whipped cream and sliced strawberries, since I know Cindy likes her desserts on the lighter side and not too sweet.


For the cake, I made two 6-inch chocolate cake layers using my favorite Ina Garten recipe.  The layers came out rather tall, so I decided to split them in half, giving me 4 chocolate cake layers.


Then I whipped up a batch of cream cheese buttercream, colored the majority of it a golden yellow, did a quick crumb coat of frosting, and then covered the sides with a basketweave design using a Wilton #47 tip.


After mixing all the frosting colors that I would need for my sweet pea design (chocolate brown, green, darker green, and ivory for a flesh tone), I piped the sweet pea in the middle of the cake, followed by a congratulations message in chocolate brown frosting.


The baby shower was a blast; there were lots of games and activities, and they had a mix of all their favorite foods and desserts.






My favorite part was the hands-free baby bottle beer drinking contest!


Congratulations Cindy and Kai!  Thanks for inviting us to celebrate with you, and I hope you enjoyed the cake!



14 comments:

  1. ohhh, this post makes me VERY hungry right before Lunch!!!

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  2. That cake is beautiful. Looks delicious too!

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  3. Looks delicious...
    http://foody-buddy.blogspot.com/

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  4. This cake is absolutely adorable.

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  5. Hi Michele! I have always been afraid to put fresh fruit into my cakes but after seeing you do it multiple times here; I finally gave it a try. Will link back once I have my post up.
    I always found my standard buttercream too sweet and used your tip with throwing in a stick of cream cheese. Worked wonders. Have you ever made this recipe into a chocolate one?

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    1. @bakedbyjen - so glad that tip worked out or you! i haven't tried making a chocolate version, but i'm sure it would be just as good! :)

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  6. hi Sandra lee...just wanted to tell you...your lettering, your basket weave, your attention to detail, YOUR DECORATING SKILLS...absolutely spectacular work.

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  7. Wow, the cake look so adorable! I wanna try this out. Thank you for sharing ! Lots of love.

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