Sunday, May 18, 2014

pink ruffle flower chocolate mousse layer cake for a baby shower


My best friend Sue is expecting a baby girl, so when we were planning her baby shower, I knew I wanted to make her some sort of pink girly cake! I thought maybe I'd make another piped rose cake, perhaps in ombre, but then I decided I wanted to make a ruffle flower cake instead!

I asked Sue if she wanted a chocolate cake filled with chocolate mousse, or a vanilla cake filled with fresh fruit and whipped cream, and she immediately chose the chocolate. Then she thought, well maybe her mom would like a lighter, less rich cake, but I told her "this baby shower is for YOU, and since you want a chocolate cake, that's what you're going to get!"


So I baked up two 8-inch chocolate cakes, and sliced them in half horizontally, giving me four layers. Then I whipped up a rich bittersweet chocolate mousse (no raw eggs of course), to fill between each cake layer.

For the frosting, I made a cream cheese buttercream and tinted it pink, and used an offset spatula to cover the sides and top of the cake.



For the ruffles, I used a Wilton #104 tip to pipe vertical ruffle "petals" all the way around the sides of the cake.


Then I used the same tip to pipe petals all over the top of the cake as well.


I actually ran out of frosting by the time I reached the center of the "flower", so I had to use a bit of strawberry cream cheese filling that I had leftover from the strawberry macarons I was making for her baby shower dessert table. (More to come on the dessert table!)


For the final touch, I carefully dropped a few white sugar pearls onto the middle of the cake, for the center of the "flower".


I loved the way the cake turned out! And I'm actually really glad that I ran out of frosting, because having the center petals piped with a paler pink gave it a nice touch!

Happy Baby Shower, Sue!

Stay tuned for the rest of the baby shower dessert table!

14 comments:

  1. The cake was not only beautiful but also delicious and moist! I loved it! Thank you so much!!!

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    1. @Sue - i'm so happy to hear that! you are SO welcome, hope you had fun at your baby shower! xoxo

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  2. piece of art!!! is it possible that you put more pictures for the details steps of decorating your cakes. I admire your talent so much.

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    1. @Anonymous - thank you! i try to take as many step-by-step photos as i can, but sometimes i forget because i'm caught up in the decorating!

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  3. Your posts are always so inspiring. That cake is gorgeous.

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    1. @Mindy - you're so sweet, thank you!

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  4. the cake is soo gorgeous! i found your blog through a post on buzzfeed about cute hello kitty food

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    1. thanks @Jenn ! i just saw that post on buzzfeed today as well, so glad you found my blog! :)

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  5. You are very talented. The cake looks amazing!
    Can you provide the recipe for the chocolate mousse you used.

    Thanks!
    FS

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  6. That chocolate mouse looks great from the inside and out. It already got my heart fluttering. I wanted to grab something sweet right now from the mere sight of it.

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