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Decorating a Spring Cake… for Baby Showers or Birthdays or Mother’s Day
Last week, I had the most fun that I’ve had in a long time! I made a cake for three of our expecting mothers at our church, Grace Community. Since it was to be a ‘triple’ shower, I had the idea of ‘three’ in mind.
I wandered through our local hobby store, Michaels, first..waiting for ‘inspiration’. What should I use
for a topper? What would the theme be? I knew my friend Laurie wanted a very ‘girly’ cake..think PINK! So that part was easy.
The first thing I saw were these GORGEOUS butterflies! Immediately I had a garden theme in mind..flowers, and butterflies… What could be more ‘girly’. Maybe it wasn’t strictly baby..but since ALL of the moms were expecting GIRLS..this seemed appropriate. :o)
The cookie cutters were then next thing that caught my attention..and that’s when I knew I wanted one each of the three cookies for the ‘topper’. I’d never iced or decorated cookies for a cake topper… I usually just use the cookie cutters as ‘outline’ tools for making patterns on a cake top that I then fill in with stars or something.
I’ve done ducks, bunnies, and teddy bears on shower cakes before doing this exact thing. But cookies, propped up by lollipop sticks would really have a lot of visual impact. And they could be used for the sides of a very tall 2 layer cake.
The last thing I picked up, besides tuk and ruffle for some ‘frill’..and purple glitter for accent, was a tray of daisy molds. I love candy molds for wedding favors and valentine’s party favors..and thought how pretty it would be to have a ‘flower garden’.
First I did the usual…ice the base and add a shell border at the base.
Then using the recipe on the back of the Wilton sugar cookie molds..Rebekah, whipped up the dough..rolled it out, cut them and baked them. Their recipe didn’t require refrigeration and the cookies were the best we’ve ever tasted! I’ll add the recipe when we get home this evening. :o)
Then I stirred together powdered sugar and just enough milk to make it a thick paste..but a tiny bit moister. I stirred in some Wilton coloring gel and basically ‘dipped’ the top surface of each cookie in the ‘icing’. It dried like hard candy!
Then I decorated each cookie following the guidelines on the card the molds came on. Add plenty of corn syrup to a small bowl of icing to make it ‘very elastic’ and easy to squeeze out. This is critical for drawing detailed designs or for writing names. I ‘glued’ some of the cookies to the sides of the cake with a generous dollop of icing. :o)
For the candy, all you need is almond bark or wedding white chocolate melts and Wilton gel coloring. Melt a bowl full of candies in the microwave.
Then stir in the color and spoon in to the mold. Pop it in the fridge and in a few minutes they candies harden. I added popsickle sticks before I cooled the candies.
If you want to do yellow centers, pour them first and let harden..then pour the white on top and add the sticks. Don’t let any water get near the melted candy or molds or the candy will get grainy and look bad.
Then I wrote the message and names being sure to add plenty of corn syrup to thin down the icing..and finished with a top shell border. Adding the butterflies was the last step.
If this doesn’t get you into the mood for spring..I don’t know what will!
If you have any questions, be sure to email me. :o)
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