I know, I know…I’m cake obsessed, but I just had to show off my latest creation! This past weekend my very close friend had her baby shower and I had the pleasure of making her cake! The gender of the baby is unknown, as she and her husband want to be surprised….so it was a great opportunity to just make a baby cake as opposed to a blue boy or pink girl cake. For this project I decided to do a stacked cake. I think someone (this gal!) had been watching a bit too much Cake Boss and convinced herself that it would be an easy project. Not so much! As far as architectural stability went, this cake was an epic fail…but as far as whimsical babyness, this cake was right on target.
I started with the wonderful chocolate cake that you’ve seen a time or two before. This is really my favorite chocolate cake recipe (as you might have noticed). Not only does it taste great, but it stays moist for days! After letting the cake cook completely I cut into eight even sized squares (or so I thought) and added in various frosting flavors for the filling. You are looking at Coconut and Pecan, Dark Chocolate Ganache, and Cookies and Cream. Yum!
After filling each cake square, they were then coated with Chocolate Ganache, then covered with four different color of fondant. I went with pastel babylike colors, and of course had to have one baby blue mini cake and one pretty pink mini cake. And yes…that is a glass of wine in the background. Nothing helps inspire me and get me in the cake mode like a nice glass of Shiraz!
I decorated one cake in stripes, one in polka dots, and two in miscellaneous baby shapes: heart, bottles, carriages, rocking horses, teddy bears…all kinds of good stuff!
Each of the mini cakes also had a letter to spell out baby. The goal was to have the cake look like a stack of children’s letter blocks.
Please don’t fall over! Please don’t fall over! Nobody breathe around the cake!
The evil culprit! What’s going on there pink B!?! You are ruining my design! Note to self…the heaviest cakes apparently need to be on the bottom.
So…it’s very hard for me to show off my mistakes, but I know you are a forgiving audience. I learned a lot from this cake, as I have from my other cakes, and just know that each one will get better and better. Fortunately, it tasted pretty delish and after I broke it down into the four separate cakes it still looked pretty cute.
Please stop laughing at me!