Monday, October 10, 2011

Sports Baby Shower Cake


This weekend we celebrated my friend Jen and her soon to be born baby boy!  This is her first child and we are all very excited for her.  She has been great with my girls and so generous as well.  She has babysat them and attended their dance recitals.  Now one lucky little boy will get to call her Mommy!


When our wonderful party host asked me to bake the cake, I was excited to do it.  I usually make the cakes for my daughter's birthday parties, but I was a little nervous to be making a cake for someone else!  I wanted to do it right, so I actually made the cakes from scratch!  Which I should really do more often since I had all of the ingredients anyways.  I went with the classic Betty Crocker recipes for chocolate and yellow cakes. 


I made a 2 tier cake with 2 layers on each tier.  I also made vanilla buttercream frosting.  Mmmm...my favorite!  I bought the white fondant just to take a little of the pressure off. 


After stacking, frosting and putting the fondant on the layers, it was time to decorate!
The little one's room is going to have a sports theme, so I wanted to do the same.  I used a cookie cutter to cut out some fondant stars.  I also used candy melts and a sports ball mold to make some chocolate candy ball decorations.  Soccer is Mom's sport, Dad plays flag football, both are NFL fans and Orlando Magic fans.  So we covered all the basics.


The end result turned out pretty well.  My little taste testers seemed to enjoy the extra cake and frosting.  It made it to the baby shower in pretty good condition despite the rain on the way to the car, the leaking car incident and the rain into the party.  It wasn't until I actually got it inside and onto the table that I felt like I could relax!  Jen - I hope you enjoyed it and Congrats on becoming a new Mommy!



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