Friday, March 16, 2012

bear with me cake

Hi! I just realized it's been ages since I posted. I haven't been baking as much as usual, mostly because I've been super busy with other projects like our school silent auction and Girl Scout cookie sales. I did sneak in a few cute cakes for some very sweet babies, though! 

First up is the one my friend Uttara asked me to bake for good family friends of theirs who just had a fourth baby. Congratulations are definitely in order! Uttara requested bright colors, whimsical, and kid-themed, so we chose fondant bugs and balloons. She also asked me to incorporate the main character from the award-winning children's book written by the new dad: a super-cute, pants-wearing bear named Gary. Here's the cover of the book

And here's the fondant Gary cake topper:

Isn't his face sweet?

I had fun mixing and marbling colors for the butterflies, ladybugs, caterpillars, and bees:

Angel hair pasta colored with a food-safe marker make great antennae.



When I put it all together, the top of the cake was too crowded, but it was definitely fun and playful. If their older kids are anything like mine, they had a field day eating the fondant bugs (which, for the record, are the only kind of bugs I really condone eating). 

I especially liked the balloons. Rather than doing 3D orbs, I cut out flat fondant circles so they wouldn't outweigh the skinny floral wires. The wires were twisted together like the strings of a real balloon bouquet and inserted into a hidden plastic straw to keep the inedible stuff separate from the part people eat, just for safety. Next time, I'd try to vary the height a little more, but I liked how they swayed gently when the cake was lifted.

The cake was chocolate with vanilla buttercream, and I'm happy that it was a hit with the family. Life is so hectic with a new baby and older siblings; it's a treat to take a little afternoon cake break. Welcome to the newest addition!

Print chocolate cake recipe.
Print vanilla buttercream recipe.

1 comment:

mer said...

omg, love the balloons. or "ahboods" as your niece would say. super cute!