This baby shower cake was made by me and my niece, made special for my daughter-in-law to be. Her color theme was hot pink, black and white. Lots of love went into this cake!
P.S. I went to my first cake decorating class last week and learned how to make the flowers. I could not wait to make the flowers for this cake. My niece and I created our own ideas and designs. The results were amazing and well worth the time!
Optional* Make flowers a day in advance so they can harden or use whatever decorations you prefer. I used royal icing consisting of powdered sugar, meringue powder and water and a # 104 piping tip. Pipe flowers on a piece of wax paper and place on an "empty" paper towel piece of cardbord cut in half length-wise, to let dry and harden. Results were well worth the extra work and time!
Follow the cake directions on the box. I used 3 different sized square pans. Add the champagne flavoring to the white cake mix. You will need a special cake pan to make the little blocks or just make two of the smallest size cake pan and cut one into 4 equal squares. Bake, and keep cakes cold in the refrigerator (you can do this the day before). Make up 3 batches of icing, one white, one pink and one black (add some almond extract to the black frosting). After you frost the bottom cake, mark the top of it where you want to place the middle layer, put the wooden dowels in the cake like dots on a number 5 dice, then place the cut-out cardboard on top of the bottom cake, then frost, (you will then stack the top layer on the middle layer and frost, no need to add dowels or cardboard to this piece). For the zebra design on the edges, use a number 3 tip, then flatten it by using your finger tips dipped in corn starch...this will be time consuming, but as you can see the results were amazing! Pipe little pearl beads at the bottom boarder of the pink cake with a # 3 tip. Do seashell borders on the top edges of all the cakes to match the color of each layer, use the seashell tip for the blocks also. the middle cake was frosted with small star piping (you could just frost it plain like the top and bottom layers). Use a # 3 for writing the letters on the blocks. Sprinkle with the edible iridescent powder or edible glitter after frosting. WOW!!!