From April 2008 until January of 2010 I attended the weddings of six very close friends and cousins in Utah, Chicago, California, and Puerto Rico. Of those I made a wedding cake for one and was a bridesmaid in the other 5 (maid of honor for one of those).
... then comes baby in the baby carriage!
This cake was for my good friend Jeanne. I met Jeanne ten years ago (YIKES!) when we did AmeriCorps together. The year after that we became roommates, and that was the year Jeanne met her future husband. The rest, as they say, was history.
So of course when they were having a baby shower I had to make the cake. I knew I wanted to try to make a carriage topper after seeing this tutorial on a cake blog I read. But for the rest of the cake, I was a bit inundated with ideas.
And then I saw the decorations bought for the baby shower. I LOVED the color scheme and the stripes and circles. I instantly knew that the cake had to pick up on those themes.
I had also seen this awesome ruffle cake tutorial on you tube (linked from another baking blog I like). So it was time to mashup those two ideas into one. Ready to see how it all went down??
Using these paper lanterns as inspiration for the color scheme...
... into something a lot more exciting!
On a slight tangent: after I was done coloring the buttercream I realized that my trash- toothpicks covered with paste coloring that I'd throw on a paper towel- was too beautiful to not photograph. And I swear, the placement of my toothpicks in roughly rainbow order was completely unplanned!
Then I continued, with one color at a time, filling in each column in a beautiful ribbon pattern.
The topper was made from a modified version of the tutorial on Cake Fixation and filled a little teddy bear so it wouldn't look quite so empty.
And it didn't just look good on the outside, it was beautiful on the inside too.
Luckily for me, the future parents agreed!
It was a beautiful shower, in a beautiful house, for a very beautiful and happy couple. Love you both- can't wait to meet the little guy!
Yours in celebrating life's milestones,
p.s. Sorry, but no time for posting recipes today. I'll try to throw a quick post together in the next week or so with the details on the cakes. But just as a little teaser: I made a 6" chocolate cake with salted caramel buttercream and chocolate fudge frosting and an 8" white cake with raspberry filling and swiss meringue buttercream.
And yes, washing all those dishes is a bitch...