12 Days To Go!
I posted about my first try with fondant earlier this month. I made a batch of marshmallow fondant and covered a simple white cake - no bells and whistles there. It turned out great, but I wanted to play with fondant a little more, and also try making a more complete birthday cake. By complete, I mean making a filling for the cake as well as buttercream to go under the fondant. So last week I got to baking again and made a chocolate cake this time. I used this fabulous recipe from JoyofBaking.com. While it cooled I made a raspberry filling out of Smuckers raspberry jelly and some fresh raspberries. I also made a white chocolate buttercream frosting. I just winged it, but the recipe is a lot like this one from FoodandWine.com.
I cut the cooled cake in half, put the raspberry filling and some white chocolate buttercream in the middle. Once filled, I then spread the remaining buttercream over the entire assembled cake. I smoothed it out as best as possible because I have heard that small imperfections can show through the fondant. I then grabbed the leftover fondant from earlier this month out of the fridge. I rolled it out just like last time and covered the cake.
Once the cake was covered I had to decide on how to decorate the thing. I had been wanting to try out the quilted fondant look like this one from Lettie Cakes:
Here is the finished product:
some several imperfections, but it looked pretty overall.
I tried another simple technique - cut outs:
Mmmm, yummy white chocolate buttercream and raspberry filling:
I - of course - did more inspiration hunting on Pinterest and found a couple of cakes that would be perfect for the day. First of all this one from none other than Martha Stewart Weddings (figures):
Now check this one out from Paper Garland blog:
Seriously the colors could not be any more perfect!
Can someone just deliver this for me on party day please?
I may do a trial smash cake soon too so that I can get some practice doing the ruffle frosting. . . maybe I should buy the hubs bigger pants after all. I think I was a baker in a previous life because I am having way too much fun with the practice cakes.
The other party detail that I have been working on is a birthday outfit for Baby Boo. I scoured Etsy for cute birthday outfit ideas and saw many that I loved like these ones:
From OMG2Cute on Etsy
From Diva Baby Designs on Etsy
The problem was that these are all custom made outfits so I was running the risk of not getting it in time. Several of these shops do rush orders, but they often charge more for them and I have am already spending enough money on this party. I decided to take it into my own hands and make her an outfit myself. That way it could be as custom as I wanted it to be.
I went with a onesie that will be outgrown soon since this is a one time use kind of thing anyway:
On the model herself:
Big brother wanted in on the photo shoot too so I appeased him:
A close up of the embroidered 1 and the crystal name:
The crystals are so pretty - They shine either yellow or bright orange depending on how the light hits them:
It is hard to photograph though.
The outfit is now done. It is pretty simple, but I'm happy with it. I especially like that it cost me about $12 in materials versus the $40-$85 range I found on Etsy. It may not look as professionally made, but it was made with love (aww). I fully expect Baby Boo to mess it up royally with her smash cake!
Other Odds & Ends:
The cake and the outfit are the biggies that I have worked on in the last week. As far as the tissue paper pom poms go, I think I will be ordering colored tissue paper online today (or tomorrow). The price is much better than anywhere I can find locally, not to mention the color selection is infinitely better.
I am also currently working on a test batch of meringues for a sweet party snack. I have my fingers crossed that they turn out delicious!
Oh and the invites have all been mailed out. I will be notifying a few additional people via facebook too, but for the most part, that stuff is all done - phew.