What a FUN new cake I made today!!! A friend in the neighborhood is pregnant with her second child…a boy. Gee, imagine that…me with a pregnant friend! She has an older son, but there are several years between the two children and she and her husband are starting fresh with all the fun goods and excitement with baby number two! Today is her baby shower and my wonderful friend who is throwing it, enlisted my services to make a baby shower cake. We looked in books and magazines and just couldn’t really decide what to do. Our friend, J, is not doing the uber baby theme for the little guy. No pastels, no ducks, no choo choos. Though I would be the exact same way, it also made it a little hard to choose a cake!
My friend spoke to J’s sister and after they did some searching online they decided on this pregnant belly cake. I have to admit, at first I didn’t think it would be something down J’s alley, but sis knows best! As I started working on it, my first thoughts were “Oh, I don’t know that this is going to come out as pretty as the pictures they found!” As you can see in step one with the chocolate belly and yellow boobs, it wasn’t exactly the shining example of a beautiful cake shape. But lo…I trudged on and continued to the next few steps.
I was very proud of my awesome buttercream crumb layer and proceeded to make my usual marshmallow fondant. I dyed it with plenty of Wilton Teal food coloring and draped it over the figure.
“Okay, maybe this won’t be so bad after all.”
I trimmed the edges and added a little bit of detail before dealing with the brown fondant. I have recently discovered that making brown fondant, and any brown icing for that matter, is not an easy task. Basically, if you want a dark brown, you need to add chocolate to the mix. The brown icing coloring is just not enough to do the job. Some recommend melting chocolate and kneading it in to your fondant. Others say to add cocoa powder. I chose the former and boy was it messy! I’ll try the latter next time, just to be able to compare easy of mixing. I used the chocolate to create the trim on the pregnant cake’s bustline, as well as to add some accents to the dress.
I. AM. SO. HAPPY. with the way this turned out as you can see at the top of the page. It if weren’t 1:20 in the morning right now, I would be sending pictures of it over my phone to everyone I know! I cannot wait to bring it to the party tomorrow and I hope everyone loves it…especially J!