Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Claire's baby cake


Claire, our wonderful and efficient payroll officer, left us on maternity leave yesterday. She is going to have a little girl, so I decided I was going to make her a girly-pink baby-themed cake for her last day.

The pink base cake was made from the cupcake recipe used by Lorraine of Not Quite Nigella in her breath-takingly beautiful Ispahan cupcakes. The cake formed a macaron-style crust on top as it baked, which I loved.

My inspiration for the cake design came from Cuppycake Digital Designs, who makes the sweetest little baby cupcakes ever. However, not having the patience to make 24 of the little sods, I converted the design to a single large cake.

As no-one wants to eat a massive ball of rolled fondant, which I would have needed to make for a pure fondant head and body big enough for this cake, I instead used part of the cake batter to make two patty-cake sized small cakes that I iced together for the head, and a half-size mini loaf cake for the baby's body. I iced the cake and the body parts with water icing, and stuck the head and body in place while the icing on the cake was still wet.




I created the blanket, dummy and bow from rolled fondant, with the blanket binding picked out with a fork and the blanket design embossed using a small butterfly cookie cutter, and stuck those on the cake while the water icing was almost but not quite dry. The baby's eyes and nose were painted on using black liquid food colouring on the tip of a skewer.

I was also a little crafty for Claire, and created this cross-stitch photo-album wrapper from a pattern in Issue 198 of CrossStitcher:


I bought the materials before I knew whether Claire was having a boy or a girl, hence I played it safe and made it green. I even hauled out the sewing machine from hibernation to sew on the ribbon!

I wish Claire and her family every happiness for the pending birth of Claire's second child.

18 comments:

Lorraine E said...

That looks great-it's so cute!! I hear you about not having the energy to make up dozens of the little decorations too. And you're right, a huge ball of fondant isn't going to get eaten.

I'm glad the cake ended up with a macaron crust. Sometimes that happens with that recipe, other times it doesn't. I always like it when it does though :)

Cakelaw said...

Hi Lorraine, It was a nice surprise. I thought how perfect this would have been with your Ispahan cupcakes with the macrons and the macaron-crusted cupcake.

Mochachocolata Rita said...

woww...how sweet of you! no one has ever made me a cake yet T_T

Maryann said...

ok! Now I have seen the cutest cake in the universe!

Happy cook said...

Wow looks so superb.

The Blonde Duck said...

I love the pink cake!

Anamika:The Sugarcrafter said...

Cute baby cake..loved the expression..also liked your caramel peanut topped brownie cake.

Cakelaw said...

Hi Rita, I'd make you a cake if you lived closer :) If it helps, no-one makes me cakes either.

LOL - thanks Maryann.

Thanks Happy Cook and Blonde Duck :)

Thanks Anamika - painting is not my forte, so I kept it simple.

The Caked Crusader said...

I love the blanket! The cake looks so cute

Arfi Binsted said...

Gaye, you're a special person! Good on you! Love the baby in the blanket hehehe

Cakelaw said...

Thanks Crusader - it was fun to make.

Thanks Arfi - it's amazing what you can do with icing, even with limited skills like me!

Dee said...

Oh, this is lovely! What a sweet gesture. And did you say cross-stich? You bake and sew? Wow!

Y said...

Cute cute cake! I can't believe the amount of effort you put into all those amazing cakes you make for friends.. for free! :)

Ivy said...

Wow, it looks so cute. So perfect for the occasion.

Cakelaw said...

LOL Dee - I'm the original Nanna!

Thanks Y - it's fun.

Thanks Ivy.

Rosie said...

Aww this is an adorable cute cake!! Your friends are lucky to have you bake these amazing cakes for them.

Rosie x

Barbara said...

Ah that is so cute.

Cakelaw said...

Hi Rosie, I enjoy making these cakes for people.

Thatks Barbara.