Friday, September 16, 2011

Surprise Baby Shower for a friend, Helen - Made her a Belly Fondant Cake!

So, I had the honored to do the shower cake for a dear friend.  It was a surprise baby shower.  I was so excited, I wanted to post the pictures on Facebook as I was so excited but since it was a surprised, I needed to ensure that she didn’t see the cake.  For those of you who wants to do a shower cake, try this out.  This is probably my 5th fondant cake.  First one was an American Flag, it wasn’t too hard to make, then, a Nissan GTr cake for my son’s 3rdth anniversary, an Airplane for son’s 4th birthday and this is the 5th

Anyway, this is what I did:

Step 1: Baking the cake
I took 2 small bowls and one big bowl, I just used the pre mix boxes since I do not have time to make my own cake J  For the size of my bowl, approximately 11 inches diameter, I had to use 4 boxes of pre mix.  I I baked the 2 small bowl first, 25 minutes at 350F.  Then, after that was done, I baked the big bowl at 350F and kept added 15 minutes.  Towards the end, I covered the bowl with an aluminum foil and lowered the temperature to 325F.  It took me probably close to 2 hours to bake that big bowl.  After I was done, I let the big bowl sit in the oven for hours, unlike other cakes where some people advise to flip it over, I was told to let it sit.

Step 2:  Getting the chocolate garnish ready
I made extra since I needed to make another cake for Laynden’s 1st birthday party the next week but what I did is I weighed 500g of the Nestle Semi Sweet Chocolate.  At the same time, I prepare 500ml of Heavy whipping cream.  I boil the heavy whipping cream, when it starts boiling, I turn off the heat and pour the chocolates in and start stirring till all the chocolate melts.  Once they melt, I put them aside and once it starts to cool down, I let it sit in the fridge for a couple of hours.

Step 3: Getting the fondant ready
Some people buy readymade fondant but I prefer to make myself since it is cheaper.  I follow the instructions by googling marshmallow fondant.  What I usually do is I put 1 bag of 16oz marshmallows, insert 2 tablespoons of water, microwave it for approximately 2 minutes.  After that, stir the marshmallow fondant till it becomes smooth.  After that, I add the icing sugar, which I’ve used powdered sugar.  I really do not measure how much sugar I put in, I keep kneading the marshmallow and sugar till it is dry.  I will add some Crisco when it feels like it is too sticky.  Keep on doing it till it feels like the fondant is ready.  I like to use my fondant a few hours later but some like to use the fondant a day later or few days later.  Remember to keep them in an air tight container if you intend to keep it longer than a day, that’s what I personally feel.

Makes about 1 1/2 to 2 pounds
White marshmallows (16 oz)
Water (2 tbsp)
Icing sugar sifted (1 to 2 pounds)

A few hours later, I start working on the cake again.
Step 4: Preparing the cake
I cut the bottom of the cake to so that the cake sit smoothly on the table.  I crumple the cake and then begin using it to fill the tummy and the boobs since the bottom of my bowl is flat, we don’t want the tummy and boobs to have a flat surface.  Once that is done, I start covering the cakes with the chocolate garnish.

Step 5:  Covering the boobs
According to my friend (, she told me to use ivory for the skin color.  So, I took some fondant and started mixing the ivory color.  Once that is done, rolled the fondant and put it over the boobs.  Once that’s done, I cut the side with the pizza cutter. 

Step 6: Covering the belly
I begin placing the belly near the boobs.  Since the theme color is Blue and Yellow, I took a big portion of the fondant and colored it blue.  I rolled the fondant till it is big enough to cover the tummy.  I’ve learnt my lesson to make sure that it is big enough, if not, in the past, I had to take it out and redo the fondant.  It is not fun at all.  Once the belly is covered, I started to put the decorations on the dress. 

Step 7: Finishing touch
To make it look a little shinny, I used Crisco and it feels like I am massaging the belly. 
The belly cake is ready for the surprise baby shower!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

BubuBibi OS - Bamboo Cloth Diaper now comes in Velcro/ Applix.

We have just added the velcro/ applix for those who wants a better fit and dislike the snaps. 

They come in 5 Solid Regular Colors and 5 Minky Prints:

Solid Colors:
Lime Green

Minky Prints:

They will be available sometime mid of next week (9/20/2011)

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