Yesterday I delivered a cake for a baby shower. It was a moose themed shower. The daddy of the baby-to-be is Canadian, so the family thought a moose themed shower was in order. I had never seen a moose themed party before, but the shower hostess did a fantastic job with the decorations and invitations.
The invitation as well as an image used in the decorations for the shower were my inspiration for this cake.
As you can see the color palette for the cake was taken directly from the invitation. As soon as I saw the invitation I had an idea in my mind of how I would decorate the cake. I knew I wanted to create the plaid pattern on the cake using stripes of brown colored fondant. I also knew that the top of the cake would be green like the green color on the invite.
It was obvious that the cake would have to have a little fondant moose on top. I did a google image search for “fondant moose” and pulled inspiration from the images I found. The moose was easier to make than I thought it would be and I think he turned out great.
He does have a little bit of a “moose caught in the headlights” look, but I imagine that is what daddy-to-be will look like in the delivery room.
I also knew that this cake would need a sweet little baby on it. A quick search for “fondant baby in blanket” led me to this tutorial by Cutie Cakes. The tutorial is great and it really made it easy to create this little sweetie.
Next I added fondant ruffles to the base of the cake to soften things up a bit. To make the ruffles I cut strips of green fondant. Then I rolled the ball tool from a gum paste decorating set down one edge of the long side of the strip. Rolling the tool back and forth flattens out the fondant and causes it to pucker up a bit creating the ruffled appearance.
At this point the cake was really starting to come together, but it still needed something. Originally, I didn’t plan to put flowers on the cake, but after some thought I decided they might give the cake that finishing touch I was looking for. I cut the flowers out of fondant that had a small amount of Gum-Tex kneaded into it. I used the cutters from a gum paste flower set to create the different layers. After assembling the flowers, I allowed them to dry for a bit before attaching them to the cake with royal icing.
The delicate little blossoms added a softness to the overall look of the cake. I think they were the perfect finishing touch.
I am very pleased with the way this cake turned out. I love it when I am able to take an idea that I have in my mind and turn it into something that makes peoples eyes light up. I get a lot of joy out of creating these types of cakes.
If you like this cake, please feel free to leave me some comment love. :)