Friday, August 8, 2008

Baby Shower Week

So this week, I am back making cakes! It feels so good to be in the kitchen again, with bright food coloring-stained hands.
My first cake was for a woman that was at the shower where I made Sophie's Cake. Another one of their friends is having a baby, and they wanted a lovely cake.
Pink and brown is so fashionable right now, and she wanted one tier brown with pink scrolls, and the other pink, with brown polka dots. I experimented a bit with the scroll work-I wanted something that was whimsical and elegant at the same time. I did some research and found this pattern that I liked in ACD on another cake, and replicated it. The piping is done in royal icing over Satin Ice Dark Chocolate Fondant.
I ended up piping a border on the chocolate bows because I needed them to stand out. The one on the bottom tier was blending in too much, so I just added tiny little dots of pink royal icing along the borders. This was my first time to do this, and I was really happy with it!
The inside of the cake is a very decadent White Chocolate Cake with Raspberry Curd and Italian Meringue Buttercream.
The other cake is one that I have been dying to make for about a year. I am a huge fan of Sugar Creations, and this is one of their designs.
This is for a baby shower for a baby boy. Apparently, the parents to be are huge soccer fans, because the invitation said that they were expecting a new team mate! How cute! When they started talking about wanting a soccer cake, I sent them a photo of the original version of this one, and they were thrilled with the idea of doing something so whimsical, cute and soccer oriented.
For the soccer ball, I decided to make it out of Styrofoam covered in fondant. It turns out that soccer balls are a little tricky to master, since they are made from perfect geometric shapes (hexagons and pentagons). At first I thought about cutting all the pieces out and putting them together like a puzzle. That actually turned out too complicated, so I cut out the black pentagons and then etched in the lines for the hexagons with a knife.
The inside of this cake is Chocolate Butter and Fluffy Vanilla frosting. The two of them together tastes like a giant Oreo cookie.
What a fun cake week.


West said...

You have some serious talent, look at these cakes! They are so nice looking. I love all of them, but I think my favorite is the animal zoo one. Your cakes are just so wonderful to look at.

Summer Rippe said...

Goodness, thank you so much for your kind words!

Saira said...

I am loving your cakes! I came across the soccer ball cake and I have a question for you! I had a very similar idea for a cake. It's going to be a 10 in round cake, then and 8 in and I wanted the top tier to be round. I got a round ball cake pan, I am concerned how I will support the ball on top of the cake. I was thinking I'd have to slice it from the bottom and but a cake board as normal. but that would not be round! How did you support it?

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